Hannity offers backup to scolded ‘CNN sucks’ crowd, advice to Acosta: ‘They’re screaming at you for a reason …’

Fox News’ Sean Hannity gave CNN and Jim Acosta a brutal reality check after President Trump’s rally in Florida.

He blasted the network and its White House correspondent after Acosta whined about the negative reactions he was getting from Trump supporters who were heckling him at the Tampa rally on Tuesday.

“I’m going to actually give your network some advice,” Hannity said on Fox News’ “Hannity” on Tuesday. “If you have an open mind and an open heart, maybe a little humility. The people of this country, they’re screaming at you for a reason. They don’t like your unfair, abusively biased treatment of the President of the United States.”

He continued after a video compilation of Acosta slamming the Trump administration and badgering officials.

“Jim Acosta, that’s called opinion. And you were extremely rude,” Hannity said. “Oh, and a liberal partisan hack. That’s why Americans don’t trust you or fake news CNN. You pretend to be fair, and an unbiased journalist, but you’re not. You are not reporting facts, you’re giving your opinion. You’re an opinion channel.”

“It’s pretty obvious and the people see it. So instead of doubling down on your anti-Trump rage,  maybe look inward,” he concluded. “Maybe find your zen, maybe find your inner peace, analyze objectively the overwhelming, nonstop, hysterical coverage against the president. In other words, maybe you will have a better luck getting an interview if you start being a little fair. Maybe, just maybe, you’ll take my advice.”

Acosta, meanwhile, unloaded his frustration with the rally-goers who were “pretty negative” in a conversation with Anderson Cooper.

He accused the White House of avoiding the press and “questions they just don’t like” while declaring that he has taken “more questions from [Trump supporters] than the president has taken from the press lately.”

Cooper spoke with Acosta following the Tampa rally as chants of “CNN sucks” could be heard in the background – echoing the mockery at a June Trump rally. He slammed the White House for its lack of press briefings in July and called out the president for not taking more questions from reporters.

“This White House is obviously hiding from the press,” Acosta agreed, pointing out the hecklers behind him to Cooper and CNN viewers. “They’re hiding the President from the press. They are hiding the press secretary from the press.”

He then went on to complain about the “insults being hurled” at him but boasted that he had bravely spoken to the hecklers, which was more commendable, in his opinion, than what the president has done.

“Despite the president going after the press, he just hasn’t given us opportunities to ask him very many questions,” he complained.

“I think, Anderson, the only conclusion you can draw at this point is they just don’t like the questions right now. And it’s amazing, Anderson. You’re hearing some of the insults being hurled at us right now,” Acosta said. “I’ve been talking to some of these folks this evening, even though they’re being pretty negative towards us right now. I answered a bunch of questions from some of these Trump supporters here about all sorts of things, a lot more questions than the President has taken from us in recent days.”

Acosta repeated his remark in a tweet.

He also shared a video clip of the rally crowd, dramatically describing “the sad scene we faced” and admitting he was “very worried” about “the hostility whipped up by Trump.”

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci agreed with Acosta and came to his defense on Twitter.

“The free press needs to be protected as well as their opinions. That’s why that Amendment was First,” he tweeted in response to Acosta’s video.

Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera also denounced the treatment the CNN crew received at the rally.

But many continued to disagree, calling out the over-dramatic tears over the “free press” when that press happens to be biased and unsupportive of the president, hypocritically not condemning actual assaults and calls to incite violence against Trump supporters.

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