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James Woods’ response to traumatized CNN reporters could send fragile Jim Acosta over the edge

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A new feature in Variety magazine on the tough life of liberal journalists prompted a wave of mockery from conservatives like actor James Woods.

The piece titled, “Inside the Intense, Combative World of Covering the Trump White House,” drew a not-so-subtle zing from Woods who suggested prayer for the “three very brave women” featured in the piece.

The feature focused on interviews with CNN contributor and American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan and the Washington Post’s Ashley Parker. The third “woman” referred to by Woods was CNN’s Jim Acosta.

The variety feature is just what one would expect from its title, with author Ted Johnson’s overly dramatic ranting that “covering Trump is a challenge like no other, at a time when political journalists and the First Amendment are under siege.”

“If it isn’t the president’s frequent outbursts on Twitter, railing against one particular story, news outlet or reporter, it is the unrelenting pace of the breaking-news cycle, much of it due to Trump’s erratic, unconventional behavior and the public interest in his every move,” he wrote.

One can’t imagine a better choice for the feature than Acosta who regularly makes himself the target of mockery or even backlash, like what followed his outburst at President Trump during the White House Easter Egg roll.

“There is that natural tension that exists between the press and the people we were covering, but it was never like this,” Acosta says. “We were never called ‘fake news.’ We were never called ‘the enemy of the people,’” Acosta said in the article, adding that he frequently receives death threats.

“I probably receive more death threats than I can count. I get them basically once a week,” he said.

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“I actively get death threats just for asking a question,” Ryan declared, while claiming she received a threat after asking White House press secretary Sarah Sanders whether Trump had considered stepping down. Sanders, who slammed the question as “absolutely ridiculous,” has had her share of Ryan’s antics including the infamous exchange about her homemade pie.

“For the last four presidents that I have covered, there’s a thread. There’s always retaliation, but never on this scale,” Ryan told Variety.

The idea that these and other reporters deal with harrowing, life-threatening situations while covering the Trump administration was too much for social media users to bear.

The reactions to the tweet from Woods and the Variety feature poured in on Twitter.

Frieda Powers

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