Larry King recently gave his thoughts on Jim Acosta’s White House behavior in a wide-ranging interview, and it was a great interview!
Larry King has probably forgotten more about journalism that Acosta will ever know, so when he speaks on the topic it’s wise to listen.
In this instance, King described Acosta’s behavior as “8th Grade and childish” and said he was clearly out of line.
King said there were a bunch of journalists there all wanting to ask a question. Acosta got two questions and then refused to yield the mic.
But my favorite part of the interview was this quote from King:
“At a Trump press conference, Trump is the star. You’re not bigger than him. It isn’t about you. You try and learn as much as you can from him.”
You can watch the entire interview here.
Here's more on the story, from MediaIte:
Talk show legend Larry King said Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC are no longer news networks thanks to their obsessive coverage of President Donald Trump.
Appearing on the Law & Crime Network — Mediaite’s sister website — on Thursday, King offered the media criticism while discussing CNN’s case against the Trump administration after they pulled Jim Acosta’s press credentials.
“I’m a big supporter of free speech, but on the other hand, there are 50 press passes at CNN to the White House,” King said while on the Abrams Media outlet this morning.
He also praised Fox News for throwing their support behind CNN — to the shock of many — since “you could have another president in three years who throws a Fox reporter out.”
King then continued discussing Acosta and Trump’s beef:
“Jim was a little out of line. I wouldn’t have gone that far, he answered one or two questions then he didn’t want to answer anymore. You got a room full of people all of whom have the right to ask questions. Jim might have gone a little far. The president kept going back to him… To me, you know what this was, eighth grade. It was the playground, ‘That’s my ball and I wanna play today on the team.’ It was childish.”
He advised Acosta to “try to learn as much as you can from” Trump in the press conferences, rather than making the story about himself.
“You’re not bigger than [Trump]. It isn’t about you, it’s about him,” King said. “CNN has become — as is Fox, and MSNBC — Trump networks. There’s the anti-Trump network, the partial anti-Trump network, and the pro-Trump network. But they’re not news networks.”
The Free Beacon also covered it:
Former CNN host Larry King criticized his network of 25 years on Thursday for being "not [a] news network" and chided his former colleague Jim Acosta for his conduct at a White House press briefing.
In an interview with Law and Crime Network, King said the question of whether the White House should have revoked Acosta's hard pass was an "interesting" one. "I’m a big supporter of free speech, but on the other hand, there are 50 press passes at CNN to the White House," he pointed out.
Ultimately though, he said he supported CNN's lawsuit: "Of course I'll stand with Acosta and CNN and Fox – even Fox is in on it."
But when it came to the actual conduct at the press conference that sparked the whole controversy, King said Acosta "was a little out of line" in refusing to yield the microphone to a White House intern.
"I wouldn't have gone that far. [Trump] answered one or two questions. Then he didn’t want to answer anymore. You got a room full of people, all of whom have the right to ask questions. Jim might have gone a little far," he continued. "To me, you know what this was? Eighth grade. It was the playground, ‘That’s my ball and I wanna play today on the team.’ It was childish."
King said a reporter should not make himself the "star" of a press conference, and that the spotlight ought to remain on the interview subject: in this case, the president. "It isn’t about you, it’s about him," he said.