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Jim Acosta is heckled by conservative journalist at CPAC over the network’s coverage of Cuomo

Jim Acosta was met with ‘CNN sucks’ chants at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday before a conservative journalist confronted him over the network’s coverage of Andrew Cuomo‘s nursing home and sexual harassment scandals.

CNN correspondent Acosta was met with a raucous crowd of hecklers as he arrived to cover the four-day right-wing political event in Orlando, Florida

Footage on social media shows the journalist being interrupted mid-interview by David Marcus, a correspondent for conservative magazine The Federalist, who harassed him over the reporting about the New York governor. 

CPAC is being held from Thursday through Sunday with Donald Trump set to speak on the closing day in his first public appearance since leaving the White House and being impeached for a second time by the House. 

Jim Acosta was confronted by a conservative journalist at CPAC over the network’s coverage of Andrew Cuomo’s nursing home and sexual harassment scandals

In the video, Marcus films himself approaching Acosta who is interviewing a man about Trump’s upcoming appearance. 

‘Do you think that it’s healthy for him to come here and peddle the big lie?’ Acosta is heard asking, in reference to the ex-president continuing to claim he won the 2020 presidential election despite Joe Biden’s win.  

‘Well, I’m not sure exactly what he’s gonna say, I’m not sure,’ the interviewee responds.    

Marcus interrupts and says to Acosta: ‘Hey Jim, I’m Dave Marcus from The Federalist. When are you guys going to start covering Cuomo?’ 

‘I’m conducting an interview,’ Acosta replies.

‘I know but I’m asking a serious question,’ responds Marcus. 

‘I know but we do cover that. We have to,’ Acosta says.

Marcus fires back saying ‘no you don’t’ repeatedly at the CNN journalist.  

‘He killed 10,000 people and he’s accused of sexual assault, and you guys want to talk about Ted Cruz,’ says Marcus.

‘Let me just finish this interview and then I’ll talk to you, OK?’ says Acosta. 

Marcus continues to harass Acosta repeatedly asking ‘when are you going to start covering it’ as Acosta tries to return to his interview.

CNN correspondent Acosta was met with a raucous crowd of hecklers as he arrived to cover the four-day right-wing political event in Orlando, Florida

CNN correspondent Acosta was met with a raucous crowd of hecklers as he arrived to cover the four-day right-wing political event in Orlando, Florida

CPAC is being held from Thursday through Sunday with Donald Trump set to speak on the closing day in his first public appearance since leaving the White House and being impeached for a second time by the House

CPAC is being held from Thursday through Sunday with Donald Trump set to speak on the closing day in his first public appearance since leaving the White House and being impeached for a second time by the House

The CNN journalist tells him the network is ‘covering it’ before telling Marcus they can ‘agree to disagree.’ 

‘I’m here to do a job right now. I’m not here to talk to you,’ Acosta says.

Marcus responds: ‘The emperor of New York and you have nothing to say.’ 

The conservative journalist was referring to the scandals currently surrounding the New York governor as he has been accused of sexual harassment and – separately – of covering up the extent of COVID-19 deaths in the state’s nursing homes. 

In an essay published to Medium Wednesday, Lindsey Boylan – who worked as a special advisor to Cuomo in 2018 – claimed Cuomo asked her to play strip poker and kissed her on the lips without her permission. 

The #MeToo movement board called for an investigation into the allegations and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has also backed the need for an independent investigation. 

The allegations have been vigorously denied by Cuomo. 

The conservative journalist was referring to the scandals currently surrounding the New York governor (pictured) as he has been accused of sexual harassment and - separately - of covering up the extent of COVID-19 deaths in the state's nursing homes

The conservative journalist was referring to the scandals currently surrounding the New York governor (pictured) as he has been accused of sexual harassment and – separately – of covering up the extent of COVID-19 deaths in the state’s nursing homes

The accusation comes as Cuomo is also under increasing pressure over his handling of COVID-19 deaths in the state’s nursing homes.  

Days after DeRosa’s revelation, NY Democrat Assemblyman Ron Kim claimed that the governor made threats to him as part of an effort to get him to ‘cover up’ for DeRosa’s admission. 

Earlier this month, Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo’s secretary, unleashed a political firestorm when she admitted the administration had deliberately hid data on the number of deaths. 

This came after New York AG James revealed in January the state had downplayed the number of deaths of nursing home residents by 50 percent. 

The death toll was actually 15,000, up from the 8,500 previously disclosed.

When the true figures were reported, Cuomo tried to defend himself saying there had been no deception on the totals just the place of death, adding ‘who cares’ where people died. 

Cuomo signed a March order that ordered nursing homes to accept COVID-19 patients back to their facilities.   

In an essay published to Medium Wednesday, Lindsey Boylan (pictured) - who worked as a special advisor to Cuomo in 2018 - claimed Cuomo asked her to play strip poker and kissed her on the lips without her permission

In an essay published to Medium Wednesday, Lindsey Boylan (pictured) – who worked as a special advisor to Cuomo in 2018 – claimed Cuomo asked her to play strip poker and kissed her on the lips without her permission 

The accusation comes as Cuomo is also under increasing pressure over his handling of COVID-19 deaths in the state's nursing homes. Pictured a COVID-19 patient at a nursing home in Brooklyn in April

The accusation comes as Cuomo is also under increasing pressure over his handling of COVID-19 deaths in the state’s nursing homes. Pictured a COVID-19 patient at a nursing home in Brooklyn in April 

CNN, which employs Cuomo’s brother Chris, reported on the sexual harassment allegations on air Thursday – one day after they surfaced. 

A quick search on CNN’s website shows the outlet has reported on both the sexual harassment allegations and the nursing home deaths cover-up scandal. 

However, several outlets and Democrats have been accused of staying silent on the accusations against the governor. 

The View’s Meghan McCain said on the show Thursday: ‘The silence of so many people in the media and so many Democratic politicians, like Kirsten Gillibrand who has been at the forefront of all sexual harassment cases and the #MeToo movement, she hasn’t said anything today.

‘So apparently, if you are Governor Cuomo and your brother is the host of a big CNN show, and you’re a Democrat, then he has a complete double standard.’  




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