Yes, Jim Acosta wins the award for Stupidest Question Ever. Sam Seder nailed him on it, as did Mediaite's Tommy Christopher:
Acosta began with a personal observation, telling Carney that “it just sort of struck me that the President talked about this great impact that he had on his life, but he only met with Nelson Mandela one time face-to-face.”
“I was just curious,” he continued, “for people who are wondering, if you could provide more details about Nelson Mandela’s influence on the President’s life. Have you had a chance to talk to him about this? I know he made some comments about this yesterday. People might just be wondering.”
“They only met one time,” Acosta reiterated, “but yet he had a big impact.”
What was the point of that question? Was he trying to cast doubt on the president's claim that Mandela had deep influence on him? Was he trying to suggest that influence can only happen with repeated face-to-face meetings? Or was he just the victim of an ill-timed brain fart?
If CNN wants to be relevant again, they should start by bagging Sam Feist and his right-wing agenda, then clean house and put actual reporters back on the job.