While appearing on “America's Newsroom” on Tuesday, Fox News host Howard Kurtz said CNN's Jim Acosta “clearly crossed a line” when he asked President Donald Trump about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program while the president spent time with children at the White House's Easter Egg Roll.
“It's no accident that Acosta did this on DACA, an issue in which he is clearly an advocate,” Kurtz said of Acosta. Kurtz cited a White House press briefing from last year when Acosta made comments suggesting the president's immigration policy didn't fit in with American tradition.
“You're bringing a 'press one for English' philosophy to immigration,” Acosta, for example, said, “and that's never been what the U.S. has been about.”
Kurtz, during his Tuesday appearance, asked, “Does that sound like a journalist['s] questions or an activist engaging in debate?”
Acosta's stunt prompted Trump's 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, to ask if Acosta should get suspended for his stunt:
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) April 2, 2018
“He continues to embarrass himself and @CNN,” Parscale argued.
Acosta responded by suggesting he was just doing his job, as allowed by the First Amendment:
Just doing my job.. which is protected by the First Amendment of The Constitution. You might want to give it a read. https://t.co/lbUZmxGPJO
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 2, 2018
Although Kurtz thought Parscale overreacted, he indicated Acosta should consider the context in which he carries out his job.
“It's a question of how you do your job and the setting in which you ask such a question,” Kurtz said.
Kurtz argued that Acosta stepped outside of his proper role as a White House correspondent:
“When you're a White House correspondent, it seems to me you're different. [...] But when you do it in that fashion — a bunch of children sitting around — and when you are debating the issues with the president or his aides instead of asking questions trying to elicit information, that's not really the role of the White House correspondent. And that's where I have some problems with the way Acosta does his job.”
Watch Kurtz's interview above, via Fox News.