“This is a dangerous time to tell the truth in America.”
CNN announced Thursday that reporter Jim Acosta is working on a book about his time as a White House correspondent covering President Donald Trump.
The book deal is with HarperCollins Publishers, who slated the release for June 11, The Associated Press first reported. The deal’s financial terms were kept secret.
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Acosta, who has become the face of the press corps’ contentious relationship with the president, is said to have “started to gather material” for the book as early as the 2016 election, which according to CNN proves “the book was in the works well before Trump singled out Acosta.”
Then again, CNN admits that the book deal itself was signed only after the 2018 midterms, not long after tensions between Acosta and the White House had resulted in the reporter losing his press credentials.
The book’s title, “The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America,” echoes both the president’s pet name for the news media and Acosta’s counter-posturing. In a speech at San Jose State University in October, Acosta told students that, “This is a dangerous time to tell the truth in America, but the truth is bigger than a bully.”
“Take a stand for truth,” the champion of journalism implored at the time.
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According to Harper’s press release, the book will contain “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.”
The book “presents a damning vision of bureaucratic dysfunction, deception and danger, offering a fly on the wall view of the White House communications during one of the most dramatic and contentious, but consequential, times in the country’s history,” the publisher promises.
Acosta also released his own statement Thursday:
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.