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Fox News Panel Praises GOP Candidate’s Assault On Reporter: “The Snowflake” Got “Montana Justice”

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Fox News Panel Praises GOP Candidate’s Assault On Reporter: “The Snowflake” Got “Montana Justice”

Fox News spent the better part of Thursday telling its viewers that it was a liberal “snowflake” reporter’s fault for provoking a GOP candidate into body-slamming him to the ground on Wednesday.

Media Matters highlighted an exchange between Fox News host Eric Bolling, a staunch on-air Trump supporter, and author Rob O’Neill, who claimed it was Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs’ fault for asking Republican candidate for Montana’s congressional seat, Greg Gianforte, a question about TrumpCare.

Watch the exchange below:

ROB O’NEILL: I am from Montana, Butte, Montana. Right where this happened, I’m familiar with the race. It wasn’t making any headlines at all because President Trump won Montana by, I think plus 20 points. The guy he is running against is all about the environment and all of this stuff all of a sudden. What happened there in Montana, apparently the snowflake reporter invaded Gianforte’s safe space. We have a saying up there, “you mess around, you mess around, you might not be around.” I have a history of with these guys. When the Bin Laden story came out. These guys kind of bum-rushed my father, they got him to say some stuff, he didn’t know what “on the record, off the record” —

ERIC BOLLING (HOST): The Guardian.

O’NEILL: I believe it was The Guardian, if I’m wrong — same tactics, same ambush tactics — granted I’m not condoning the body slam. I think it’s kind of funny based on my history.


RACHEL CAMPOS-DUFFY: This guy was not a reporter looking for a fair story. He was obviously doing a take down on him. And this guy got his back up — he got a little bit of Montana Justice.

During the Thursday morning broadcast of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, host Jillian Mele ignored Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna’s eyewitness account of  Montana Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte’s assault of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs, choosing instead to parrot Gianforte’s false claim that he was the victim.

Acuna said she witnessed Gianforte grab the reporter by the neck with both hands, throw him to the ground, then repeatedly punched him.

“Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him,” Acuna wrote. “Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter. As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, ‘I’m sick and tired of this!'”

“Jacobs scrambled to his knees and said something about his glasses being broken. He asked Faith, Keith and myself for our names. In shock, we did not answer,” Acuna continued. “Jacobs then said he wanted the police called and went to leave. Gianforte looked at the three of us and repeatedly apologized. At that point, I told him and Scanlon, who was now present, that we needed a moment. The men then left.”

Acuna added that “at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte.”

Mele omitted any mention of Acuna’s eyewitness account, instead she reporting the campaign’s claim that Jacobs “tried to push a phone in [Gianforte’s] face” and that “the men both fell,” reports Media Matters.

Watch Thursday morning’s broadcast of Fox News’ Fox & Friends, below:

Gianforte has been charged with misdemeanor assault, according to the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office.

“Following multiple interviews and an investigation by the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office it was determined there was probable cause to issue a citation to Greg Gianforte for misdemeanor assault,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement on its website Wednesday night.

The statement added that the “nature of the injuries did not meet the statutory elements of felony assault.”

The Guardian published audio of the alleged assault which appears to directly contradict a statement issued by the Greg Gianforte campaign shortly after the incident.


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