The TEA Party has received more than its fair share of criticism from the media (especially as of late), but yesterday on CNN, one reporter, Jim Acosta, stood up to his colleagues and called out their anti-TEA Party rhetoric. Acosta’s defense came during a larger discussion about the partial government shutdown and who is to blame for the 16-day halt in federal activity.

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“First of all, the amazing story from CNN,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “A CNN reporter was on and the anchors were calling the TEA Party extremists. And the reporter says, ‘Hold on here. Hold on. Let’s be careful about what you’re calling these people.’”

Watch the exchange below:

MICHAEL HOLMES: The sort of TEA Party radicals, if you like, who kicked all of this off, they electorally are safe. They are not going to lose their seats because of redistricting and the like. They are more about ideology than pragmatism or bipartisanship. What chance are they going to change their minds at all when we get to January and it’s talk time again?

JIM ACOSTA: Well, and Michael, I mean, first of all, let’s be careful about the using the term “radical” because a lot of those folks feel like they’re standing on principle today, even though they didn’t come out on top in this.

For the first time maybe ever, Pat and Glenn found themselves darn near speechless.

“Thank you,” Pat said. “Thank you. What the heck? Who is that guy? Jim Acosta? Huh.”