CNN’s Jim Acosta Embarrasses Himself – Complete Lack of Knowledge and History Surrounding The Statue of Liberty…

During a televised press conference White House Policy Advisor Stephen Miller was answering questions about the newly proposed RAISE Act.  A reporter from CNN named Jim Acosta, who always advocates for maximum camera time, thought he could engineer a narrative of self-promotion through the use of the Statue of Liberty.

After inferring an inscription on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty was part of our founding documents, it wasn’t, an epic fail followed:

The Statue of Liberty had nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with immigration.  The Emma Lazarus poem that Acosta refers to was affixed to the pedestal as an ex post facto inscription in 1903.  Even the New York Times knows the correct origin:

“The only immigrants mentioned at the dedication in 1886 were the “illustrious descendants of the French nobility” who fought on behalf of the United States against Britain during the American Revolution.”

(Via New York Times) […] Emma Lazarus’s poem only belatedly became synonymous with the Statute of Liberty, whose 125th birthday as a gift from France will be celebrated on Friday by the National Park Service.

Lazarus’s “New Colossus,” with its memorable appeal to “give me your tired, your poor,” was commissioned for a fund-raising campaign by artists and writers to pay for the statue’s pedestal.

But while the poem was critically acclaimed — the poet James Russell Lowell wrote that he liked it “much better than I like the Statue itself” because it “gives its subject a raison d’être which it wanted before quite as much as it wants a pedestal” — it was not even mentioned at the dedication ceremony.

Finally in 1903, after relentless lobbying by a friend of Lazarus who was descended from Alexander Hamilton, himself an immigrant, it was “affixed to the pedestal as an ex post facto inscription,” the art historian Marvin Trachtenberg wrote.

“Gradually, thereafter, the awareness spread not only of the significance of the lines of the poem but also of the significance of the aspect of national tradition it expressed,” another historian, Oscar Handlin, wrote. “Liberty was not simply the bond between ancient allies; nor was it only the symbol of liberal ideas of justice and freedom; it was also the motive force that had peopled the wilderness and made the country that emerged what it was.”

Barry Moreno, a historian of the statue for the National Park Service, recalled that it “was never built for immigrants.”

“It was,” he recalled, “built to pay tribute to the United States of America, the Declaration of Independence, American democracy, and democracy throughout the world. It honored the end of slavery, honored the end of all sorts of tyranny and also friendship between France and America.”  (read more)


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612 Responses to CNN’s Jim Acosta Embarrasses Himself – Complete Lack of Knowledge and History Surrounding The Statue of Liberty…

  1. MVW says:

    Again, the cameras feed the hyenas. Those populating the ‘Press Briefing’ are not journalists, they are DhimmiRat political activists.

    Either change who is there and their agenda driven propaganda effort or get rid of it. Use modern media.

    Liked by 4 people

  2. Bert Darrell says:

    You’ve got to feel sorry for poor Jim Acosta. He’s such an ignoramus show off. But to show off one has to have some justification and he has none. He should consider changing his last name to LaBosta, which sounds similar but translates into Jim Horsesh!t in the native language of his parents. It would more accurately define who he really is.

    Liked by 3 people

    • setup2100 says:

      He is getting what he desires the most, ATTENTION. I thought he was pushed back in the seating chart but there he is in the front ROW.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Mike says:

        Cut the f’g camera and mike off. No more back and forth with peacocks and pea brains in the press briefing.

        Liked by 2 people

      • deanbrh says:

        Acosta was boycotting the Press Briefings ,in the waning days of Spicer and the beginning of Sarah, because video was not allowed and his huge protests about it were ignored. Today was the first I’ve seen him in weeks, in his usual seat in the front row. Miller called on him by name, so obviously knew him, and totally waxed him, much to my perverted delight. Only Stephen Miller could do such a thorough job on the likes of Jim Acosta. Not one to take such a beating lightly, Acosta can be counted upon to take revenge in a big way, if he ever gets the opportunity.

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      • Jimmy Jack says:

        I suspect they leave him there bc he says unwittingly gives them material to use to further the Trump agenda. And he’s both too arrogant and intellectually limited that he doesn’t realize he’s being used.

        Liked by 3 people

    • Jenny Hatch says:

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  3. TwoLaine says:

    Jim should also read the book:

    Warning Out in New England, 1656-1817
    by Josiah Henry Benton (1843-1917)

    WARNING OUT: Depart vs Deport

    Liked by 1 person

  4. GSR says:

    few better than Miller.

    Libs and Neocon heads exploding. They’re obsessed with replacing Americans with 3rd world peasants.

    Liked by 5 people

  5. PatriotKate says:

    Let’s see what happened today:
    An important policy announcement was made by President Trump and the two Senators sponsoring overhaul legal immigration. A significant shift to a merit-based system which is the it used to be an always should be. It’s supposed to be an honor to be allowed to live in the United States.

    Stephen Miller and Sarah Sanders smile and wink as they get started. They know what they have planned.

    They know that Jim Acosta is a ripe target to accomplsh their mission.

    Acosta falls for the trap.

    Now, the immigration conversation that Stephen Miller so eloquently articilated needs to occur happened because that clip will be played millions of times.

    And, Acosta’s highly predictable obnoxious behavior was precisely what they hoped for. It helps deliver two messages – the immigration debate, while at the same time reinforcing that CNN is now a pathetic joke.

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      Thank you for saying it. I realized as soon as Stephen Miller called Acosta out on “cosmopolitan bias” that Jimbo was going to be ridden like Seabiscuit to the finish line. The unmasking of the ill informed press was priceless. Just beautiful 🙂

      Liked by 5 people

      • Jimmy Jack says:

        The controversy surrounding use of the word cosmopolitan shows them to be dense hypocrites of the highest order.

        ICYMI they’re saying cosmopolitan is an anti Semitic dog whistle and a white nationalist smear. In reality Miller is Jewish.

        Truly, the MSM and is not sending their best.

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    • Jimmy Jack says:

      I posted this upthread in a far less comprehensive and eloquent way. Happy you succeeded where I failed. Acosta is a tool for the Trump team and he’s too arrogant and intellectually stunted to realize it.

      Liked by 3 people

  6. silverlakela says:

    Democrats want Canada’s socialized health care but not their merit based immigration policy.

    Liked by 1 person

    • dekester says:

      Our refugee program is a joke. Our immigration one pretty much ensures that you are either educated, employable or wealthy. Often all the bases are covered.

      I see a gentleman from the Asian country for a relatively minor health issue. He is certified here for what he practices.

      However he is actually an orthopaedic surgeon in his own country. He flys home twice a year for approximately one month, and operates on knees and hips. For the money of course, but also to stay licensed.

      He legally emigrated to Canada, and has four children. All were born overseas. Two are in medical school, and two just starting University.

      He is a terrific fellow, and has a loyal and substantial patient base up here.

      Get this, $50.00 ( Can) gets you into see him for an approx 30 min Session. All legal, and may be re embursed if you have extended medical.


  7. Joe S says:

    Are you stupid or something?:

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Lololol😂😂😂 I could watch that clip all night! Stephen Miller is the bomb!

    Liked by 3 people

  9. Lololol😂😂😂 I could watch that clip all night! Stephen Miller is the bomb!


  10. Sorry – not sure why the double post 😕

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  11. Founding Fathers Fan says:

    Acosta is a left-wing ‘journalist’ ( which by definition is a fake reporter) who doesn’t understand that immigrants apply for entry according to Immigration Law and invaders ignore the law and sneak in. Not all applicants are approved. The poem on The Statue of Liberty is not a law.

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  12. Dora says:

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      How embarrassing for Acosta. These men laughed about calling him a “journalists”, said that he was tutored by Miller, that Miller is a world class mind and world class debater and that this was not a fair fight! hahaha

      Liked by 3 people

    • KRs2 says:

      Randy Evans is 100% right. What a massive difference when there is someone in the press conference who is able to cut to the core of these ridiculous statements disguised as questions and highlight who the true racist, bigots, etc. are. Stephen Miller did a fantastic job! I would only wish he hadn’t “attempted” to speak so much. Meaning, if Acosta is going to keep interrupting and talking over you, let him have his say. Then ask him “Ok, Jim. Do you mind if I answer”? Then DESTROY his ass.


  13. Dora says:

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  14. oldschool64 says:

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  15. georgiafl says:

    Martosko Poll:

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  16. Patriot1783 says:

    Sarah is the best!

    Liked by 1 person

  17. rsmith1776 says:

    The best actualization of the Statue of Liberty poem. Ever.

    Liked by 1 person

    • jfhdsiu says:

      Archie Bunker. A hero of my early years. I was very fond of Archie. I didn’t like Carrol O’Conner at all…


    • Sunshine says:

      He was good. I will never forget the first time I watched the show, he said something nasty about immigrants but somehow, we forgave him.

      When the Left says we are all immigrants, I say not exactly. Those who built up the country through sweat and tears, work or die, were PIONEERS and not immigrants.

      Liked by 3 people

    • Jimmy Jack says:

      THANK YOU. I enjoyed that immensely. My father loved Archie and we watched it every night together.


  18. Saveedra says:

    Acosta is an ass. Period.

    Liked by 3 people

  19. Michael says:

    Now that is funny!
    Just wish he had not apologized. When they leaning against ropes, finish them. Jim is ignorant.

    Liked by 1 person

  20. Katherine McCoun says:

    Surprised that Acosta’s Wikipedia page isn’t updated with this disaster yet

    Liked by 1 person

  21. jfhdsiu says:

    Liberals are woefully and historically ignorant of history itself. For that matter, most of the people I know will believe ‘fairy tale’ stories before they will believe actual history……


  22. TwoLaine says:

    Jim, You’ve been schlonged.

    Liked by 2 people

  23. Comrade Mope says:

    You people don’t understand. The White House only gave Jim Acosta one scoop of ice cream and Miller got two. It wasn’t a fair fight.


  24. SNAKESRULE says:

    James Madison University grad. A teacher’s college.


  25. Annie says:

    I think he could be Clooney’s younger brother!!!


  26. Sundance.

    Great work. I seriously don’t know how you do it.

    Your clip is of Jim being schooled. I wish you had shown the previous 15 minutes, without Jim. Miller schooled them all. They didn’t know what to say. They were dumbfounded by this man’s logic and reason. He was precise, focused, informed, and knew he was not only in the right, but armed with the information at hand to prove it so. It was masterful. He deconstructed their immigration narrative in a matter of minutes. It was like he had converted them with logic and reason.

    To me, that last bit with Acosta was a joke piece. I wish he had walked out. Up until then he was just awesome, but Acosta had to have his say. It was a sparring match between a politician and a wannabe. Of course, Miller schooled him.

    Please can you post the whole discussion of Stephen Miller going out and showing people how it is done. This man is not only a believer, but he believes in Trump’s message because he is right, and informed about all the facts, which therefore makes him confident in what he says.

    Miller’s was the best performance I have seen from a communications employee in the White House, quite possibly ever. I encourage everyone to find a post of the whole thing, and post it to your fellow friends.

    Please, post the full discussion. He was amazing. The White House reads this stuff.

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    • Jimmy Jack says:

      Is he the new Comms Director? Seemed almost like an audition to me.

      The back and forth on Acosta is dominating social media and therefore the news cycle. Letting him grandstand was intentional and useful.


    • Kroesus says:

      Stephen Miller isn’t just a believer…he is the IMPETUS behind first Jeff Sessions and then Trump’s major policy stands on immigration… do not think PDJT would give the Senior Advisor for Policy title to anyone do you….he is well versed in the facts b/c he is most likely one of the authors of RAISE working with Cotton and Perdue on Trump’s behalf


  27. Mike diamond says:

    Jim Acosta is a example of a CNN dude that plays stupid ! He knows the truth that President Trump is right,but he chooses to be a pain in the butt ,this is why they should not be given the time of day!they should be banned from the white house press conference!!!!!! Shame on you Jim Acosta you made yourself look stupid to millions of people!


    • They all know the truth.

      The idea that they live in a bubble is true. But the idea that they do not know what exists outside of their bubble is false.

      They do.

      They are just not nice people who do not care for their fellow Americans, and want to replace them with cheaper substitutes who are easier to manipulate.

      You’re right. They are not dumb. They are just evil.


    • NewNonna!!! says:

      What an ass. Pompous, dufus, ass.


  28. My responses to Jim Acosta. God bless his tiny brain.

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  30. cjzak says:

    Gee what a surprise. Acosta doesn’t know the meaning of embarrassment. He thinks he’s the world’s best reporter in every way and therefore he couldn’t care less if others think he’s a clueless idiot. Why any of the Trump team calls on this guy is beyond me. Put him on ignore and he’ll maybe leave and go talk to himself in the men’s room mirror or something. Guy’s got to go.

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  31. GaryT ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ🇺🇸 says:

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  32. SR says:

    Jim A does not talk to WH communication team and PTrump supporters. He wants to be liberal celebrity and bigger than press reporter. But he is not helping CNN in long term.


  33. nwtex says:

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  34. Pam says:

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  35. Beverly says:

    Here you go: the press briefing in full.

    Liked by 1 person

  36. alohahawk says:

    Makes me think what a benefit the “knockout game” would be for society if pinko commie slimetard reporters were the targets instead of defenseless elderly folks.

    Often times a stiff punch to the face will reset the stupid button.


    • Cheezus says:

      Death Race 2017! Bring back Carradine from the dead to chase Acosta across the country. Cheering fans stretch for miles with fake news posters swaying wildly. “Death to fake news”, the crowds scream….

      It’s late!


  37. Jimmy Jack says:

    If you’re a huge history buff like I am the history illiteracy probably made your head want to explode. Thankfully the humor of the utter annhilation of Acosta and his subsequent whining about being called stupid on national tv made up for it.


  38. JoAnn Leichliter says:

    Golly, Acosta is totally ignorant not only of the history of the Statue of Liberty, but of immigration as well. Are all Liberals his age that poorly educated, or is he just parroting the lie he likes to promote?


    • H.R. says:

      It’s both, not either/or, JoAnn.

      They are indoctrinated, not educated, and the only thing they have committed to memory is the Party Line from the Democrat Little Red Book.

      I keep the Colbert incident in mind as the classic example.

      Colbert: “Comey has been fired.”
      Audience: YAY!!!!
      Colbert: “No, no, no. That’s not good at all.”
      Audience: [OK] BOOOOO?!?

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  39. Mike diamond says:

    Jim Acosta ???just a CNN puppet !!! He should be banned from the Whitehouse !!!!


  40. itsy_bitsy says:

    We live in a world today where intelligence is not of great importance in being admitted, or graduated, from any school in almost any subject, and this truly holds true in the field of journalism. On top of that, almost (if not all) journalism schools are now being taught by leftist democrats, in many cases ex politically active democrats from Washington DC. They are looking for, shall we say, not the brightest of students. Easily propagandized individuals are those they graduate with “honors”, if you could call it that. The fact that these unintelligent people also have immense egos sets them up as little more than bags of hot air, and we certainly see a lot of that today. Acosta is a prime example!


  41. MfM says:

    I pointed out to someone on FB that was going on and on about Miller being rude. I said Miller was correct the Statue of LIBERTY didn’t have anything to do with immigration. If it did it would be the Statue of ‘Immigration’.

    One less ‘friend’ on FB. I’m not sad, but I didn’t think they were so brain dead. I don’t post on ‘brain dead’ walls, because I like to see how they (the left) are thinking.


  42. While reading the journal of an immigrant to the United States in the early 1800’s the writer expressed an interesting perspective as to the importance of the ability to support onesself upon arrival in the U.S. According to the writer many who arrived to ports like Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York did not have adequate funding or the ability to earn adequate funding upon arrival to leave their port of arrival. This resulted in what we now know as slums in those cities that provided the only available cover from the elements that those with limited funding or skills could afford. Seems the new bill to pass immigration reform is overdue.


  43. fred5678 says:

    Mark Steyn pointed out on Tucker Carlson’s show that SIXTY countries use English as their only (or as one of their multiple) official language. ONE THIRD of the United Nations member countries speak English!!

    American and British films, music and pop culture DOMINATE the world (for good or bad).

    All the world’s air traffic controllers and airline pilots speak and USE English.

    Good grief, Acosta — YOU SUCK!!!

    If I ran the WH I would ban Acosta and any other “reporter” who engages in contentious debate rather than reporting.


  44. fred5678 says:

    Did anyone ‘splain to Acosta that the poem that got tacked onto the statue after the fact is NOT immigration law or policy????


  45. Mickturn says:

    Jimmy Boy Acosta is the head CNN Clown. His antics should get him deleted from the WH Press Pool!


  46. thesitrep says:

    So wait!
    Are you implying that the phrase:
    “A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man”
    Is not the law of the land?


  47. Abandoned says:

    Unfortunately Miller let this clown talk all over him. Badly handled.
    At the first sign it’s ‘let me finish talking or don’t attend these briefing’.
    Problem solved.


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