A basic rule of “presenting” is to never put down the people one is talking to, it’s a rule that many in the news world break regularly. The recent example comes from Politico’s Marc Caputo, who took to social media and mocked Trump fans as toothless hillbillies. Caputo’s tweets are an example of the truth behind the anger of many Americans toward the mainstream media–mainstream media arrogance.
Caputo was trying to defend Jim Acosta, the most hated newsman in America who was heckled during a Trump rally earlier this week. While doing a live report at President Trump’s rally in Tampa, Florida, CNN’s Jim Acosta had to deal with hecklers screaming CNN Sucks, Fake News, and Go Home.
In a true arrogant fashion, Caputo responded to an Acosta tweeted video showing his harassment claiming, “If you put everyone’s mouths together in this video, you’d get a full set of teeth.”
Caputo’s tweet has since been deleted, but screen shots were captured for posterity:
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Way to justify the anger towards mainstream media reporters Marc, act like you are better than the people you are reporting about. That is part of the reason your buddy Acosta is unpopular.
But Caputo wasn’t done, the stupid fairy must have sprinkled more dust on him because he shoved his foot further down his throat:
Oh, no! I made fun of garbage people jeering at another person as they falsely accused him of lying and flipped him off.
Someone fetch a fainting couch.
Of course, Caputo generated a Twitter backlash;
“Siri, why does Trump’s enemy of the people insult resonate with voters?” https://t.co/0VH6X6XPUV
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) August 1, 2018
— Joel B. Pollak (@joelpollak) August 1, 2018
Atta boy, Marc. That will convince them that the media is not against them. https://t.co/yGAhQexyiF
— James Hasson (@JamesHasson20) August 1, 2018
CNN Commentator/Hill Contributor Paris also trashed Caputo:
During this election cycle @realDonaldTrump voters have been called crazies, deplorable, racists and now you have a reporter saying this below…its pretty sad. At the end of the day, we were motivated, we voted and we won and are still winning because the #MAGA agenda is working! https://t.co/ZyRqLHGHn1
— PARIS (@PARISDENNARD) August 1, 2018
Federalist Contributor Chad Felix Greene put it best.
The Left loves nothing more than the artificial sense of elitist superiority they get when mocking the poor and pointing in disgust at the average American they deem 'uneducated' and too unsophisticated to be viewed as people.
Always the same. ???? https://t.co/3JVfb3QJA5
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) August 1, 2018
Based on the angry reaction or (if you believe it) a real sense of guilt Marc Caputo apologized.
I need to apologize for tweeting caustic remarks after seeing a reporter berated & abused. Hate begets hate. My comments referred ONLY to those jeering and swearing at the man, not a broad swath of people. But the fault is mine for causing confusion and feeding anger. 1/3
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) August 1, 2018
While it’s usually a good idea to just delete tweets that are wrong, I own this and the criticism (both accurate and misleading) that has followed. I'll do better. Here they are: 3/3 pic.twitter.com/G2rZrHjYWb
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) August 1, 2018
What Caputo, his buddy Jim Acosta and too many others in the mainstream media doesn’t understand is the people’s anger goes beyond the fake news and biased reporting, its the arrogance. Caputo’s compatriots believe the people are stupid, its why they ignored the Obama scandals such as Fast and Furious, the IRS attacks on conservative organization, and the Benghazi lies. It is also why they attack Donald Trump and his supporters. Since these arrogant newsmen believe that Trump’s policies are so obviously wrong, those who believe in his policies must be stupid.
It is that mainstream media arrogance which results in the fake news, the biased reporting, and much of the public’s anger at the mainstream media.
Cross-posted with The Lid
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