Jim Acosta, the White House chief CNN correspondent, attacked Sean Hannity on Wednesday night after the Fox News presenter voiced his support for a furious mob that killed media outlets over President Trump's rally in Florida earlier this week ,
"Hannity is a propagandist for profit, who lies idly every day," wrote Acosta on Twitter. "He says he's just a talk show host, not a journalist, but he's injecting poison into the political bloodstream of the country, which is distorting the public's attitude toward the press."
Hannity is a propaganda propagandist who spreads lies every night. He says he's just a talk show host, not a journalist. But he injects poison into the political bloodstream of the country, which turns public opinion towards the press. I am confident that the truth will prevail in the long run.
̵1; Jim Acosta (@Acosta) Aug. 2, 2018
A short time later, Hannity responded to Acosta's attack in his own tweet and told the CNN reporter that " saw people through their lying bulls – for what it is. "
Acosta, who was among the many reporters in Tampa, Florida, reported on Tuesday's rally, shared several videos before the President's speech that showed angry participants hurling insults and obscene comments Made gestures to reporters. In one, Acosta sees a photo with a father and his young daughter as Trump supporters yell, "CNN sucks!"
Trump himself shared one of Acosta's videos of Trump supporters at the rally to his 53 million Twitter followers, retweeing his son Eric who added the hashtag #truth.
"Honestly, it felt like we were not in America anymore," said Acosta HLN host SE Cupp on Wednesday. "He whips these crowds into a frenzy to the point where they really want to come after us."
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"I feel that these are the opinions these people have at these rallies they are shaped by what they see in the primetime hours of Fox News and what they hear from some conservative news agencies giving them that daily diet of what they think are terrible things we do here at CNN. " Acosta continues. "It's very unfortunate, but it's a hole from Americans to Americans and honestly, it has to stop."
Just a small portion of the sad scene we witnessed at the Trump rally in Tampa. I am very worried that the animosity inflicted by Trump and some conservative media will cause someone to get hurt. We should not treat our fellow Americans like that. The press is not the enemy. pic.twitter.com/IhSRw5Ui3R
– Jim Acosta (@Acosta) August 1, 2018
Hannity, an outspoken Trump supporter who regularly serves as a presidential adviser criticizing critical media current government, the crowd's reaction to Acosta and his colleagues celebrated.
"The people of this country, they are yelling at you for a reason," Hannity said Tuesday night on his Fox News show. "You do not like your unfair, abusive biased treatment of the President of the United States."
Hannity's support was reiterated Wednesday by White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, who declined to condemn the angry crowd or condemn the president for attacks against CNN, which he regularly calls the "Fake News."
"When it comes to the media, the president believes the media has a responsibility," Sanders told reporters. "We fully support a free press, but also a high level of responsibility."
Acosta and other members of the national media will be in Wilkes-Barre on Thursday night to report on Trump's rally for Deputy Lou Barletta. a Republican senatorial candidate and ally of the president. Barletta takes over acting Democratic Senator Bob Casey in November.
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Trump has a long history of selecting CNN and calls the network "the enemy of the American people." Last week, the White House has denied CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins participation in a concert event in the Rose Garden, after telling the President – in his role as a pool reporter, who represents many networks, including Fox News – about his former fixator and Lawyer Michael Cohen asked. The move to Bar Collins was arranged by Sanders and Bill Shine, Hannity's former producer and former Fox News manager, who was hired by the White House as the new deputy chief of staff for communications last month.
"We strongly support solidarity with CNN for the right of full access for our journalists as part of a free and unrestricted press," Fox News President Jay Wallace said in a statement.
Hannity regularly uses his popular Fox News show to promote the credibility of news agencies and untruths that make the Trump administration appear in a more favorable light. His comments are often corrected and refuted by the news section of the network, which includes the hosts Bret Baier and Shepard Smith.
"You have no rules on the opinion page, you can say whatever you want, if it's your opinion," Smith told Time magazine in March. "I understand that some of our opinion programs are strictly entertaining … I do not work there, I would not work there."