“Will you give up your nuclear weapons, sir?” the CNN reporter asked before Kim and President Trump had even sat down for their planned summit on the denuclearization of North Korea.

Acosta’s answer was met with predictable silence.

It’s not that Acosta shouted the question. It’s what he asked. Questioning whether Kim planned to give up his nukes before the North Korean boy-king had even discussed the matter with the U.S. president is a lot like a sports journalist asking an athlete before a big championship game, “Do you think you’re going to win?”

That’s the sort of lame-brained, gee-golly question that makes athletes and coaches want to rip their hair out in frustration.