Sean Hannity told CNN's Jim Acosta that Trump supporters are "screaming at you" for a reason in his Tuesday night monologue following the president's MAGA rally in Tampa where the CNN correspondent received backlash and several middle fingers.
"Many Floridians in attendance let CNN's Jim Acosta know exactly what they thought about his network's partisan, abusively biased coverage," Hannity said before playing a video montage.
Hannity called Acosta a "partisan hack" and advised him not to "pretend" to be a fair and unbiased journalist. He suggested instead of doubling down on "anti-Trump rage" that perhaps he look inward and "find your Zen."
"Jim Acosta, that's called opinion, and you're extremely rude. Oh and a liberal partisan hack. That's why Americans don't trust you or fake new CNN. You pretend to be fair and unbiased journalists, you're not," the FOX News host said.
"You're not reporting facts. You're giving your opinion. You're an opinion channel. Every minute of every day, every week, 24/7 hate Trump, and it's pretty obvious and the people see it. So, instead of maybe doubling down on your anti-Trump rage, maybe look inward. Maybe find your Zen. Maybe find your inner peace. Analyze objectively the overwhelming, nonstop, hysterical coverage against the president," Hannity said.
SEAN HANNITY, FOX NEWS: So, tonight, while President Trump slammed, rightly, Democrats, many in the crowd actually called out the abusively biased press in this country. In fact, many Floridians in attendance let CNN's Jim Acosta know exactly what they thought about his network's partisan, abusively biased coverage. Take a look.
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JIM ACOSTA, CNN REPORTER: The White House has held only three briefings for the press this month, and eight total since the end of May. There is no other way to slide what the White House is doing these days, Wolf. Top officials, including the president are hiding from the press.
And, Wolf, just to give you a sense as to what's happening right now, you could hear there is a chorus of boos and other chants in this Trump crowd here in Tampa, Florida. They're saying things like CNN sucks, go home and fake news.
Wolf, obviously, all of those things are false. We're staying right here. We're going to do our job and report on this rally to all of our viewers here tonight, Wolf.
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HANNITY: Jim, they're not wrong. It's not false. You're probably watching because you don't watch your own network.
I'm going to actually give your network some advice 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 you're unfair, abusively bias treatment of the president of the United States.
Now, if you want to earn the respect of all Americans, not the coastal elites in California, L.A., San Francisco, D.C. and New York, maybe try reporting the entire story, maybe try getting rid of the bias, maybe examine why are people saying this to us? In other words, coverage like this from the White House correspondent at CNN, this is why they're doing it.
Take a look.
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SARAH SANDERS, WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY: I'm going to move on. David, go ahead.
ACOSTA: Sarah, President Trump's tone towards the press obviously it's not helpful at times and I think that that's plain to see. There are some fears up on Capitol Hill and we understand some in the White House that a Democratic wave is coming that can sweep the Republicans out of power in the House and that could potentially lead to impeachment proceedings that the Democrats could bring forward. What is the president's thinking on that? What is your thinking on that?
You understand how a wall could be different than border security, Sarah, border security can mean drones.
SANDERS: No, actually, I don't.
ACOSTA: It can mean agents, it could be more fencing. It doesn't necessarily mean a physical.
SANDERS: And that's part of the negotiation that we expect Congress to have.
ACOSTA: And you understand Democrats are saying that they may not be in favor of this kind of deal but they say thanks but no thanks for the wall.
SANDERS: Jim, I'm not negotiating with you. I'm going to let Congress take care of that.
ACOSTA: But we're witnessing right now is just this erosion of our freedoms in terms of covering the president of the United States. I think that there are moments when this president is just really sensitive to criticism and he lashes out in this fashion.
That is just a strange and unpresidential thing to do to be throwing rolls of paper towels at people.
The last three news conferences, Wolf, all of the questions to the American news media have been handled by conservative press and I think, Wolf, there's no other way to describe it but the fix is in.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Jim, I appreciate your speech.
ACOSTA: I think we saw the president's true colors today and I'm not sure they were red, white and blue.
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HANNITY: Not red, white and blue.
Jim Acosta, that's called opinion, and you're extremely rude. Oh and a liberal partisan hack. That's why Americans don't trust you or fake new CNN. You pretend to be fair and unbiased journalists, you're not.
You're not reporting facts. You're giving your opinion. You're an opinion channel. Every minute of every day, every week, 24/7 hate Trump, and it's pretty obvious and the people see it.
So, instead of maybe doubling down on your anti-Trump rage, maybe look inward. 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, I tend to doubt it.
We do have a recent study, FOX News -- that's right, this channel, not fake news CNN, is among the most trusted brands in TV news. Now, sadly, I doubt CNN is going to take my advice.
So, while CNN continues to trash the president hour after hour, minute after minute, day after day, many on the left, other Never Trumpers are engaging in rhetoric that is even worse, literally bottom of the barrel.
Now, this week, on Twitter, one congressional candidate from Oregon used one of the single most vulgar terms to describe the first lady of the United States. Imagine the outrage if a Republican candidate ever said the same thing about the former first lady, Michelle Obama. The outrage from these very same people would be nonstop, but the media has largely ignored the story.
So, some Republicans are calling for to get her to ban this deranged Trumpet hater from their social media platform. We're not going to hold our breath.
But with 98 short days until these important midterms, each night on this program we will do something that your mainstream media will not do. We'll actually show you the very worst rhetoric coming out of the Democratic Party. It happens every single election cycle. They will call Republicans racist, sexist, misogynist, xenophobic, homophobic, Islamophobic, who want dirty air, dirty water, they want to throw granny over the cliff and kill children. And just like the attacks on Melania Trump.
There's only one way to counter the deranged left wing in this country. If you care about your rights, if you care about this country, if you care about the president's successful agenda, you better get your ass and go vote in November because the future of the country does depend on it.
Democrats have their post-election agenda in place. If they win and 98 days, you see on the screen what they will do.