CNN’s Jim Acosta is facing criticism for bashing President Donald Trump’s Wednesday meeting on prison reform with Kim Kardashian West after he praised John Legend’s activism in 2015 and never took issue with former President Barack Obama’s meeting with celebrities.
“Forget about the fact that Kim Kardashian is here at the White House today and what planet that is anything resembling normal because it’s not,” Acosta started off his tangent.
“She shouldn’t be here, talking about prison reform, it’s very nice that she is here, but that’s not a serious thing to have happened here at the White House,” he slammed her efforts to secure clemency for a first-time, non-violent drug offender serving a life sentence.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 30, 2018
Acosta faced backlash online, with critics calling out his hypocrisy and pointing to his past silence on former President Obama’s meetings with the likes of Jay-Z, Beyonce, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bradley Cooper, Rihanna, and Zach Galifianakis.
Furthermore, social media users also reminded him of his own lengthy, sit-down interview with singer John Legend on mass incarceration and the criminal justice system:
That time Jim Acosta didn’t have a critical opinion of celebs doing policy at the White House. https://t.co/RPNq3RAqYU
— Meech (@michi83) May 30, 2018
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) May 31, 2018
Everyone knows the real reason people like @Acosta are mocking Kim Kardashian for working for the release of an unjustly imprisoned woman: because her husband praised Trump. Just be honest about that at least. They care more about the partisan angle than Alice Marie Johnson.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 31, 2018
Lol why is cool for John Legend to do this but not Kim Kardashian?
— The Wokaine Cowboy (@wokaine) May 30, 2018
According to Fox News, “CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding when Acosta changed his mind about celebrities discussing prison reform and visiting the White House.”