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During the White House’s Social Media Summit in the Rose Garden on Thursday, CNN contributor Brian Karem and radio host Sebastian Gorka got involved in a tense verbal exchange that included a challenge from Karem to “go outside” and Gorka calling Karem a “punk.”

But in CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta’s incomplete summary of events, the blow-up — started by Karem, as video evidence shows — was an example of Trump’s “social media allies” “verbally abus[ing] reporters who were trying to do their jobs.”

Acosta began his curtailed coverage of the event by taking a selfie and describing the group of social media figures as “Trump’s social media allies,” who, Acosta makes sure to note, are “in the front rows” while all the White House press are “in the back.”

The moment from the event that generated the most buzz online was Karem and Gorka’s heated exchange. Acosta, who has consistently portrayed himself as unfairly targeted by the White House, framed the incident as Trump’s “allies” attacking a journalist just there to do his job while White House officials stood by in tacit approval.

“WH officials invited Trump’s social media allies to sit in the Rose Garden. But after the event was over, West Wing aides did nothing when those social media figures began to verbally abuse reporters who were trying to do their jobs. A good snapshot of how press is treated by WH,” Acosta tweeted.

He linked to a video that only shows Gorka calling Karem a “punk” and social media figures cheering Gorka — one predicting Gorka could kick Karem’s “punk a**” — while some of Karem’s fellow “real journalists” complain.+

But, as people quickly pointed out to Acosta, his account of the confrontation and the video he linked conveniently left out how the whole thing got started (h/t Twitchy).

“As expected: Starting the clip with Gorka comment without the context of Karem earlier challenging him to a fight. Which is punk. And dishonest on @Acosta ‘s part,” wrote one follower.

Breitbart’s Kyle Morris responded by providing another angle of the incident: “Sounds as if Brian Karem was only in attendance to berate Trump supporters,” wrote Morris.

As Morris’ video shows, Karem prompted Gorka’s actions by taunting the social media figures. “This is a group of people that are eager for demonic possession,” said Karem.

In response, Gorka yelled back, “And you’re a journalist, right?”

“Hey, come on over here and talk with me, brother, we can go outside and have a long conversation,” said Karem, gesturing for Gorka to come over.

Gorka complied, walking over rapidly. “You’re threatening me now, at the White House? In the Rose Garden? You’re threatening me, in the Rose Garden!” said Gorka. “You are a punk! You’re not a journalist! You’re a punk!” Gorka yelled in Karem’s face.

“Go home,” said Karem. “Hey Gorka, get a job!”

The exchange inspired the “Gorka!” cheers from social media personalities.

A couple of other responses to Acosta’s “fake news” post: “Nope[.] But a solid #FakeNews [email protected] started it by saying of the invited guests[.] ‘This is a group that is eager for demonic possession.’ Then @SebGorka responded to that insult,” wrote Jim Hanson. “The king of #FakeNews @Acosta will never admit he’s a liar Jim,” added ret. Col. Rob Maness.



  1. Elinor Ann DeMendonca

    July 12, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Acosta, always was and always will be, a lying punk who distorts everything to his advantage. How he is named reporter, journalist, media man is beyond me. He is a nasty confrontational Liar. Get him fired.

    • E G MUSK

      July 13, 2019 at 4:08 am

      The best is just to ignore them totally.

  2. Don Drake

    July 12, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    To call Acosta a lying piece of schit as an insult would be an injustice to both liars and pieces of schit.

  3. Cheryl

    July 12, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    #FakeNews AOL posted the same edited video. Never showed how the whole thing started. And conveniently said that Karem’s outburst was inaudible. And they wonder why we call them liars,fake news, and enemies of the People.

  4. Melody

    July 12, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Is there a special journalism class that teaches dirty tricks?

  5. Paul Otts

    July 13, 2019 at 12:27 am

    Does anyone give that idiot (Acosta) any credence?

    • Josey

      July 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm


  6. madge

    July 13, 2019 at 1:11 am

    why is he still working anywhere? He’d mess up as a toilet cleaner.

  7. Shari Early

    July 13, 2019 at 6:55 am

    CNN doesn’t have real journalists and a lot of others don’t either. My husband was an avid news watcher but even he can’t stomach all the stupidity anymore. Most of these idiots won’t have a job if socialism takes over our government. The government would then control the news so they won’t need reporters anymore.

  8. Granny

    July 13, 2019 at 9:29 am

    Your right Shari Early, but these so called journalists are that dumb, they don’t see it coming. I would like to make them spend six months in a socialistic country and then watch them beg for the jobs when they got back, that is if they made it out alive. Bet they would appreciate our country. That is all but Acosta, that one would be dead after the first time he opened his mouth.

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