The feud between CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta and Fox News host Sean Hannity intensified this week with Hannity responding to a recent dig from Acosta where the “journalist” accused Hannity and other Fox News hosts of receiving “scripts” of talking points directly from the White House.
Hannity responded on his blog by telling Acosta to “stop begging” his staff to appear on his show. He said Acosta has “not earned” time on his program.
“As I said to little Fake News Jimmy Acosta, you have not earned time on the number one show in all of cable news. You can tell all your reps to stop begging my staff, the answer is no. Unlike you, I don’t peddle lies on the lowest rated cable network in America,” Hannity said.
The top-rated news host continued, “Nor will I promote your lies on 618 of the best talk radio stations in America. Nor has anyone ever provided me scripts or talking points (another Acosta lie).”
Hannity also went after Acosta for claiming that he shied away from speaking to him directly when they were both at an event at the same time.
“For the record, I do not recall meeting you on a bus, why did you miss your big chance to talk to me?” Hannity said.
In the most intense part of his blog, Hannity responded to Acosta saying that the Fox News host was not willing to “meet me on the schoolyard.”
Hannity responded by saying, “Now I do have good news for you. I will gladly meet you privately in a mutually agreeable ‘schoolyard’ ALONE, as you requested. My only condition is this meeting will have nothing to do with your failing book, failing career, or failing network. I’m free the week of the 4th.”
The Acosta comments Hannity was responding to were from a recent interview the CNN employee did with “The Hugh Hewitt Show” to promote his new book, “The Enemy of the People.”
“The likes of Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson, they’re willing to go off on me on their shows, but they’re not willing to have me on in person to defend myself,” Acosta said to Hewitt. “What’s with that? If you’re so darn tough, why don’t you give me an invitation to come on your show? What I’ve found over the last few days is that they’re not willing to do that. They’re willing to shoot spitballs from the sidelines like the class clown, but they’re not willing to meet me on the schoolyard. And that’s on them.”
Hannity previously said he would not have Acosta on his program because he did not want to give him the chance to spread “conspiracy theory fake news.”
“Sorry, I won’t subject my audience to conspiracy theory fake news,” Hannity tweeted. “Go hawk that garbage on the lowest rated cable channel u work for.”
Tucker Carlson has also responded to Acosta’s continued criticisms and said of Acosta, “it’s pretty shocking that he is so proud of himself.”
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