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“CNN sucks!”: CPAC crowd surrounds CNN’s Jim Acosta, heckles him

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When CNN’s Jim Acosta arrived at CPAC on Friday, he was quickly engulfed by conference attendees heckling him and chanting, “CNN sucks!”

This year’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference—being held this year in Orlando, Florida instead of Washington, D.C. due to COVID-19 restrictions—began on Friday, will feature a whole assortment of conservative speakers and culminate with former President Donald Trump speaking on Sunday.

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Video from Bloomberg News’ William Turton at the scene shows Acosta completely surrounded in a large, open-space lobby area by a crowd of cellphone-wielding attendees.

At one point in Turton’s footage, a woman could be heard saying, “Get him. Get him.”

One man wearing a mask that appeared to say “Joe Biden Is Not My President” also shouted, “Fake news. Jim Acosta is fake news!”

Then the crowd starts chanting “CNN sucks! CNN sucks! CNN sucks!” and the Acosta tries to make his way through the sea of people.

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At another point while Acosta was stuck in the crowd, David Marcus of The Federalist confronted the CNN journalist about the network’s lack of coverage of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s numerous ongoing scandals while Acosta was conducting an interview.

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“When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?” Marcus asked him bluntly, with Acosta telling him that he was in the middle of an interview.

Marcus repeated his question, and Acosta asserted that “we do.”

The exchange then devolved into Marcus saying CNN hasn’t been covering Cuomo and Acosta saying the network has been, with Marcus getting more specific about the governor’s scandals.

Acosta tried to deescalate the situation, saying to him, “Sir, let me just finish this interview and then I’ll talk to you, okay? If you don’t mind.”

“No,” Marcus angrily replied.

“What do you mean ‘no’?” Acosta asked.

“I mean no,” Marcus responded.

“Well then excuse me, I have an interview,” Acosta said, brushing him off.

Marcus then approached Acosta again and interrupted his interview, continuing to ask him questions about covering Cuomo.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Chinese Spy Balloon: Tensions rise between the U.S. and China

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A strange object was spotted Wednesday over Billings Montana. The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that the strange object was, in fact, a Chinese spy balloon. According to a report from KPAX, a western Montana news outlet, the balloon had been on the governments radar for days.

On Friday, the Chinese government released a statement saying that the balloon spotted in Billings is a “civilian airship” that’s sole purpose is used to collect research on weather and that it had just blown off course. The balloon was not shot down by orders of the Pentagon due to the risk of falling debris injuring people on the ground.

Sara Carter, who has spoken frequently on the Chinese government’s threat and expansion to the West, stated on Twitter that the United States has failed to stop China from purchasing land near military installations, vital agricultural land, as well as, allowing Chinese linked companies, such as Huawei, to install technology in cellular towers. Those cellular towers are located in Montana, along side more than 150 ICBM nuclear silos.

China said, “The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into U.S. airspace due to force majeure.” Majeure meaning that it was out of there control. It blew off course due to limited “self-steering” capabilities according the Ministry. The ministry also stated that the balloon, “deviated far from its planned course.”

This incident is adding fuel to the fire of what is already a tense relationship between the worlds two largest economies. China already lays claim to approximately 80% of the South China Sea, and is seeking full control over Taiwan after assuming full control of Hong Kong. China’s belt and road initiative has invested copious amounts of money into building infrastructure in other countries and uses it as economic blackmail. China’s transportation of fentanyl into Mexico is yet again another example of how they are seeking to damage the US.

Is this just a weather ballon that blew off course? US officials at the White House seem to be unconvinced and will continue to monitor the balloon, as reported.

UPDATED: Statement from the Pentagon was jaw dropping when a reporter asked if the public has a right to know about Beijing’s balloon.

“The public certainly has the ability to look up in the sky and see where the balloon is,” a DOD official responded.

 

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