When CNN reporter Jim Acosta needed a title for his book about President Donald Trump’s strained relationship with the media, he didn’t have to look far from his chosen topic.
He adopted a phrase that Trump frequently, day after day, uses to describe the press and media, “The Enemy of the People.”
Acosta flipped the connection by labeling Trump the “Enemy of the People,” with a perilous subhead, “A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America.”
In fact, this month has become a revolving cycle of news about the White House and communication personnel and the press.
On June 13, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she would step down from the position at this month’s end.
Another White House personality, Kellyanne Conway, was in the news because the Office of Special Counsel publicly recommended her removal from federal office because of repeated “violations of the Hatch Act.”
The report submitted to Trump found that Conway violated the act on numerous occasions by “disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media.”
The act says employees paid by taxpayers are not allowed to participate in biased political communications.
The president said he won’t fire Conway.
Trump and Acosta have been seen on television arguing over news stories.
Acosta’s automatic access to press briefings was revoked by the White House after he refused to cede the microphone to another reporter.
A legal battle for access followed and his pass was restored.
In his book, Acosta wrote, “We beat Trump. … Trump people … had clearly gotten spanked.”
Sanders is the first mother to serve as press secretary.
She said of her position that it’s one of the greatest jobs she could ever have — even the hard minutes.
“God calls all of us to fill different roles at different times, and I think that he wanted Donald Trump to become president,” Sanders, an evangelical who prayed before her briefing, told the Christian Broadcast Network.
Reporters have criticized her for not holding a press briefing for 94 days.
In his book, Acosta wrote “I don’t believe reporters are supposed to be the story, That’s how I was trained. But at that press conference, I had faced a choice: Do we just absorb Trump’s attacks? Or do we push back and stand up for ourselves?”
Trump has called Acosta a “rude, terrible person” and “fake news.”
Acosta said on TV he didn’t want his children to grow up thinking that the media is the enemy of the people.
He concluded his book with these statements: “Before the sun sets on this democracy — and may that day never come — it must be said that the press is not the enemy. We are defenders of the people. Some of us, not I, have sacrificed everything for this profession, from war zones to unfortunately, newsrooms. Journalists have done this out of a deep devotion to the people. It is a devotion born out of love for all people. That is a truth worth defending, as journalists are people, too.”