If you haven’t heard yet, Jim Acosta doesn’t think he’s in America anymore because Trump fans yelled “CNN sucks” at him.
Acosta, a CNN White House correspondent who does everything to telegraph his disdain for the American right short of wearing a #TheResistance button, attended a campaign-style rally for President Donald Trump in Tampa, Florida this week. Some Trump supporters, apparently knowing who Acosta is and just where he fell on the political spectrum, chanted their feelings on their network and gave him the finger. That act apparently drove Acosta to believe he was in some foreign, despotic land.
“He is whipping these crowds up into a frenzy to the point where they really want to come after us,” Acosta said the next day.
“My sense of it is that these opinions these folks have at these rallies, they’re shaped by what they see in the primetime 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 we do over here at CNN.”
Yes, and what do they do over there at CNN? Well, take National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch. She recalled a CNN town hall in the wake of the Parkland shooting — and, according to the Daily Wire, her experience was so bad that she and her husband had to be to be escorted out for their own safety.
“Acosta is upset that someone yelled ‘CNN sucks,’” Loesch said in an NRA TV video posted Thursday.
“Imagine how he’d feel if his network set up a public lynching of him. As they did of me and Marco Rubio, wherein people called me a ‘murderer’ and they screamed ‘Burn her!’ And they rushed the stage and grabbed at me when I left. Jake Tapper corroborated this shortly after it happened, tweeting this in response to those who were in doubt: He says, ‘I don’t know but Chris’ — talking of my husband — ‘description is accurate and I made sure she was escorted out of the room.’”
“I wonder if Acosta can imagine what it feels like when his network allows guest after guest, day after day, to refer to you as a ‘murderer,’” she added.
“To refer to six million law-abiding Americans as people who hate children and are terrible parents simply because we believe in the right of self-defense.”
“@Acosta is upset that someone yelled CNN sucks. Imagine how he’d feel if his network set up a public lynching of him. As they did of me… many in legacy #MSM stopped prioritizing advancing news and truth in favor of advancing themselves and their political agendas.” —@DLoesch pic.twitter.com/dzugatdPmP
— NRATV (@NRATV) August 3, 2018
Loesch’s claim was indeed vouched by Jake Tapper in a tweet from February:
i don’t know but Chris’s description is accurate and I made sure she was escorted out of the room.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 22, 2018
And, the chants are audible in this clip of Loesch and Parkland activist Emma Gonzalez:
“You’re a murderer!” and “murderer!” are clearly heard from the rowdy audience.
Now, is that their right? Sure. I don’t think either of the incidents at the Parkland town hall or the Trump rally served those who were heckling particularly well, but such is political discourse in 2018. Acosta’s spot-on Captain Renault impression, however, easily rates as one of the most farcical pearl-clutching moments of the Trump era.
This is a man, after all, whose access comes through a media outlet where contributors rationalize violence against Trump supporters and say that “folks calling for civility might need to check their privilege.” His network is responsible for the Parkland town hall, which had all the hallmarks of a political ambush set up under the auspices of a neutral discussion. All of a sudden, when incivility is visited upon him — if only in a form far less threatening than anything CNN contributors have condoned in the past — he thinks he “wasn’t in America anymore.”
Funny. Loesch never thought that, and look how she was treated by the viewers of “news outlets that just sort of give them this daily diet of what they consider to be terrible things.”
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