CNN’s Jim Acosta is preparing to release an anti-Trump book detailing his “frightening experience” covering the White House.
“The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America” will be published by the Harper imprint of HarperCollins Publishers on June 11. It chronicles the tumultuous time the network’s chief White House correspondent experienced with the administration.
“Simply put, I am writing this book to share what I’ve experienced covering President Trump during his first two years in office,” Mr. Acosta said in a statement on Thursday, CNN reported. “This sobering, bewildering, and sometimes frightening experience has made it absolutely clear that this is a dangerous time to tell the truth in America.”
Brian Stelter, CNN’s chief media correspondent, noted that the book deal for “The Enemy of the People,” first reported by The Associated Press, occurred before the midterm elections and a public spat with Mr. Trump that saw him temporarily prohibited from White House grounds.
“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,” Mr. Acosta continued. “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.”
The White House has maintained that Mr. Acosta goes out of his way to make himself the center of attention.
“You are a very rude person,” Mr. Trump told the CNN reporter in November. “The way you treat Sarah Huckabee [Sanders] is horrible, and the way you treat other people is horrible. You shouldn’t treat people that way.”