Jim Acosta, CNN's senior White House correspondent, really stepped in it on Sunday when he pointed out on Twitter that pro wrestling is fake in response to a tweet by President Donald Trump, leading to widespread criticism of his employer.
Trump ignited controversy on Sunday when he tweeted a video of himself literally slamming "CNN" to the ground and beating it. The footage was of Trump from a WrestleMania event in 2007 and the CNN logo was superimposed over the wrestler's head who Trump took down.
The tweet led to many saying Trump was inciting violence against the media, rhetoric that Ana Navarro said would lead to a reporter's murder. Other's called on Trump to be impeached over the tweet, while Trump was even compared to brutal dictators like former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez.
But Acosta — who has had his fair share of run-ins with the Trump White House and specifically White House press secretary Sean Spicer — had a simple four-word response to Trump's tweet.
"Isn't pro wrestling fake?" Acosta tweeted Sunday morning.
Isn't pro wrestling fake?— Jim Acosta (@Jim Acosta) 1499003059.0
Apparently, Acosta meant to poke at Trump for participating in something that is staged, such as WWE wrestling, because Trump so often labels the mainstream media to be "fake news."
Indeed, Trump's go-to nickname for the media is the "fake news" media. He has used that term ever since he began campaigning for the White House. That ire is most often directed at CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post.
Acosta never followed up his tweet with anything other than CNN's official response to Trump's tweet and some reaction.
But Twitter was more than happy to answer Acosta's question — including Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr:
Yes , just like CNN...
— thomas baker🇺🇸 (@lilkimkitty) July 2, 2017
Just like the news on CNN... https://t.co/9e8NChsrMt— Stefan Molyneux, MA (@Stefan Molyneux, MA) 1499003175.0
Trap, meet Jim. https://t.co/jaWnxo6NFl— Scott Adams (@Scott Adams) 1499006696.0
Yes just like your journalistic abilities
— Stacey Dee (@NYStaceyInTX) July 2, 2017
Just like your coverage
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTumpr) July 2, 2017
— DP Armstrong (@Informalmeddler) July 2, 2017
Ahh, nothing like the smell of irony on a Sunday morning.
— John Spartan (@JohnSpa26511211) July 2, 2017
— PatsFan82 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 (@bcyr1982) July 2, 2017
Exactly like CNN
— Jeff👌 Gray (@blackcuda1) July 2, 2017
While others pointed out that pro wrestling is scripted, not fake:
Yes. Damn, you even get the subtleties. You're smart. Pro wrestling is predetermined. CNN is fake.
— Old School Wizard (@KeithPittdog13) July 2, 2017
Easy Jim. Scripted, not fake.
— Trevor (@moretrev) July 2, 2017