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Cosmopolitan with a twist

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WASHINGTON -- What better way to usher in the hissingly hot dog days of summer, otherwise known as August, than with a high-wire verbal duel between CNN senior White House correspondent (and well-known cosmopolitan) Jim Acosta and White House sniper (and senior adviser) Stephen Miller.

The sniping began during a news conference Wednesday, the same day President Trump endorsed Senate Republicans' plan to reform legal immigration from family-based to skill-based standards.

Reactions were swift, predictable and hysterical:

Oh-my-god, who's going to harvest the crops? This is so un-American! Trump is a bigot!

More or less.

Acosta contributed to the latter lament by citing what he called Trump's three issues: Muslims, Mexicans and media, all of which the president presumably dislikes -- except when he's in Saudi Arabia, Mexico or appearing on Fox "News."

Passions intensified when Acosta further suggested that Trump only wants immigrants from English-speaking regions, prompting Miller to accuse him of having a "cosmopolitan bias," which seems like something one would like to have -- or drink. Cosmopolitan means worldly, after all, and what's wrong with that? Perhaps some interpret worldliness as globalist or elitist, but then Miller, a Duke University graduate from California, probably isn't carving duck calls in his spare time.

As for Acosta, what could explain his extrapolation that merit equates to English-speaking people? Or that reforming immigration to emphasize skilled workers would exclude people from countries where English is not the first language? One may infer that Trump is a bigot in certain instances, but not necessarily in this one. Are there no other reasons besides bigotry to prefer skilled to unskilled workers?

Acosta's accosting of Miller is why so many Americans see the media as biased. Let's be honest: If Donald Trump discovered a cure for narcissism, no one would object if he used it first on himself, but most in the media would insist that the cure was simply further evidence that Trump is a narcissist.

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