A number of mainstream media anchors and correspondents competed for the spotlight over the past four years by engaging in contentious verbal sparring matches with President Donald Trump and key members of his administration.
Perhaps none drew as much attention as CNN’s chief White House correspondents, Jim Acosta. With President-elect Joe Biden just days away from taking office, however, there seems to no longer be a need for his combative style on the cable news network.
“After eight years at the WH”
Instead, CNN has reportedly reassigned Acosta away from White House duty — and awarded him with a lofty new position.
As an apparent reward for his years of antagonism toward the Trump administration, he will soon be taking over the role of the network’s chief domestic correspondent and will anchor a weekend news program.
The outspoken reporter confirmed his shift in assignments with a tweet on Monday.
“On to the next adventure!” Acosta wrote. “After eight years at the WH, I’m moving into a new role as anchor on weekends and chief domestic correspondent for [CNN], a new challenge I’m very excited about.”
He went on to note that, while he will miss his colleagues at the White House, he is confident that “they’ll be great covering the Biden admin.”
“It certainly seems odd”
According to The Hill, Acosta was promoted to chief White House correspondent in 2018. He has been with CNN since 2007.
His abrasive conduct resulted in the Trump White House temporarily revoking his press pass, but a subsequent lawsuit resulted in his access being restored.
Acosta’s new role was just one of many pieces in CNN’s changing lineup ahead of the Biden administration. Another recognizable figure, Jake Tapper, saw his weekday news program extended from one hour to two and was promoted to lead anchor for all major events in the nation’s capital.
Of course, more than a few critics saw the promotion for Acosta as a tacit admission that CNN would be treating the next administration more gently than the current one.
As Amber Athey of The Spectator opined: “It certainly seems odd that CNN is pulling Acosta from the White House rotation right as a Democratic president is set to take office. He insisted repeatedly that his style of shouting questions, delivering monologues, and heckling White House officials was merely about holding powerful people accountable for their actions. Is CNN effectively saying that they don’t want to hold the Biden administration accountable in the same way?”