Hurt: Media Linking Trump & 'Body-Slamming' Incident Shows Why So Many 'Despise the Press'
Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte reportedly body-slammed a reporter on Wednesday night, and some in the mainstream media have tried to blame the incident on President Trump.
CNN host Don Lemon argued that Trump has culpability because he's said "very horrible things" about reporters and suggested that they are the enemy of the American people.
MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell said that Trump has helped whip up "hostility" toward the press, while Joe Scarborough said a "straight line" can be drawn between Trump's anti-media rhetoric and the Gianforte incident.
On "Hannity" tonight, Charlie Hurt said the press trying to draw this connection is quite a stretch, and it highlights why so many Americans now have disdain for the media.
"They don't know the difference between Donald Trump complaining about the press, ridiculing the press, and then some wacko who attacks a reporter and tries to beat him up during an interview," Hurt said. "The fact that they don't realize the difference between those two things, I think reveals why so many Americans despise the press."
Jessica Tarlov agreed that this incident is no one's fault but Gianforte himself.
She noted, however, that more people are defending Gianforte's actions than might have four or eight years ago, because there is currently such a hostile attitude in America toward the press.
"It's given people an excuse for the inexcusable," Tarlov said. "And that's something I think can be tied back to Donald Trump. But certainly not the actions of a wacko."
Hurt pointed out that Montana voters who were asked about the incident often had one of two reactions: either the reporter "had it coming," or they don't trust anything the media is reporting.
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