The reporter talked about being screamed at by Trump supporters at a Tampa
rally. He is really whipping these crowds up into a frenzy.
CNN reporter Jim Acosta recounted his experience of being verbally
attacked at President Donald Trumps Florida rally on Tuesday, telling HLN
host S.E. Cupp on Wednesday that the president is putting targets on
journalists backs by constantly deriding the press as fake news and the
enemy of the people.
Footage of rallygoers hurling verbal attacks, including angry chants of
CNN sucks, at Acosta as he tried to report from the event went viral ?
especially after the president and his son Eric retweeted a video with a
message that seemed to endorse the vicious behavior.
He is really whipping these crowds up into a frenzy to the point where
they really want to come after us, Acosta said of the president. He
mentioned that he tried to speak with some of the Trump supporters to
learn why they were so upset with him and the network, and he got the
impression they were taking cues from prime-time Fox News hosts. Sean
Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson lead programs in the
conservative networks prime-time hours.
My sense of it is that these opinions that these folks have at these
rallies ? theyre shaped by what they see in the prime-time hours of Fox
News and what they hear from some conservative news outlets that just sort
of give them this daily diet of what they consider to be terrible things
that we do over here at CNN, Acosta said. Its very unfortunate, but its a
pitting of American against American, and, honestly, it needs to stop.
As footage of the crowd screaming at Acosta spread Tuesday night, Hannity
defended the crowds behavior.
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