Former CNN producer, Steve Krakauer, slammed White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Friday for blaming the deadly shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper on President Donald Trump.
President Trump addressed the shooting at an event celebrating the six-month anniversary of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and described the deadly attack as one that “filled our hearts with grief.”
Before going any further today, I want to address the horrific shooting that took place yesterday at the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland. This attack shocked the conscience of our Nation, and filled our hearts with grief… pic.twitter.com/LALXGhk04b
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 29, 2018
“This attack shocked the conscience of our nation and filled our hearts with grief. Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job,” President Trump said.
”Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their jobs. To the families of the victims there are no words to express our sorrow for your loss. Horrible, horrible event. Horrible thing happened,” he added.
The comments prompted Acosta to shout, “Will you stop calling the press the enemy of the people?”
The President did not respond.
“Mr. President, will you stop calling the press the enemy of the people,” CNN Journalist Jim Acosta shouted at the end of Trump’s speech pic.twitter.com/FqWT5afwUV
— POLITICO (@politico) June 29, 2018
Shortly after, the anti-Trump journalist took to Twitter to voice his frustration over the lack of response.
“I tried to ask the president if he would stop calling us the enemy of the people. He did not respond,” Acosta lamented.
I tried to ask the president if he would stop calling us the enemy of the people. He did not respond.
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 29, 2018
Former CNN senior digital producer Steve Krakauer took the network’s White House correspondent to task for attempting to pin the shooting on President Trump’s criticisms of the establishment media.
“Truly an embarrassment, on multiple levels. Jim Acosta’s self-serving antics give all good journalists a bad name,” tweeted Krakauer in response to Acosta’s outburst.
Truly an embarrassment, on multiple levels. Jim Acosta’s self-serving antics give all good journalists a bad name. https://t.co/TarlLVZ3RZ
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) June 29, 2018
“On a day journalists could honor the memory of fellow reporters tragically killed due to a deranged person with a vendetta going back years, Acosta tries to shift the blame to Trump, thus validating many Americans’ feelings about the Acela Media (that existed long before Trump),” he added.
The alleged gunman who killed five people at a Maryland newspaper has been identified as Jarrod Ramos, a man who had a feud with the paper going back many years. The shooting does not appear to have been politically motivated.
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