CNN’s chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta, is currently writing a book concerning governmental pressures on the free press.
It is no secret that Jim Acosta and US President Donald Trump have had more than one head-to-head during White House briefings with the press. A contentious briefing after the mid-term elections prompted Trump to suspend Acosta’s press pass, however his decision was later overturned by a federal judge.
Acosta’s book, which was being written well before Trump’s attempted ban on the CNN correspondent, will show “never-before-revealed stories of this White House’s rejection of truth, while laying out the stakes for how Trump’s hostility toward facts poses an unprecedented threat to our democracy” according to the publishers HarperCollins.
CNN’s Jim Acosta
Acosta had been gathering material for the book since 2016, and signed the book deal in the beginning of Autumn 2018.
The book is titled “The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America.” and will be released on the 11th of June 2019.
The title has been lifted from President Trump’s eyebrow-raising response to the press corps while the subtitle comes from Acosta’s San Jose State University speech last year:
“This is a dangerous time to tell the truth in America, but the truth is bigger than a bully.”
In a statement Acosta said: “Simply put, I am writing this book to share what I’ve experienced covering President Trump during his first two years in office. This sobering, bewildering, and sometimes frightening experience has made it absolutely clear that this is a dangerous time to tell the truth in America.”
“The president and his team, not to mention some of his supporters, have attempted to silence the press in ways we have never seen before. As just about everybody has seen, I have witnessed this first hand. As difficult as that challenge may be for the free press in America, we must continue to do our jobs and report the news. The truth is worth the fight.”