CNN's Jim Acosta and Fox News's Sean Hannity's budding Twitter war heated up Wednesday night after Acosta dragged Hannity for being "just a talk show host, not a journalist."
Acosta is CNN's Senior White House Correspondent and has drawn the ire of the president for asking tough questions and not backing down in his pursuit of the truth.
Hannity is a right-wing entertainer who has suggested that Trump should revoke the press credentials of major news organizations.
Acosta tweeted that Hannity's constant defense of President Donald Trump, and his relentless attacks on the free press, makes Hannity a "propagandist for profit, peddling lies every night."
Hannity is a propagandist for profit, peddling lies every night. He says he’s just a talk show host, not a journali… https://t.co/cs50dxrDm4— Jim Acosta (@Jim Acosta) 1533173809.0
Acosta reminded Hannity and the world that the Fox News conservative once admitted: "he's just a talk show host, not a journalist."
"But he’s injecting poison into the nation’s political bloodstream," Acosta wrote of Hannity, "warping public attitudes about the press." Acosta concluded that he's "confident in the long run the truth will prevail."
Hannity fired back Wednesday evening, tweeting to "Jimmy" that he doesn't care about Acosta's feelings and referring to his career as a journalist as "lying bullshit."
Acosta was heckled during a campaign rally headlined by Trump in Florida Tuesday night by a horde of rowdy Trump fans. Rallying cries of boos, people shouting “traitor,” and “you’re a liar” were lobbed at Acosta. "CNN sucks" was also shouted at Acosta as he reported on the event.
This is what’s happening at the Trump rally in Tampa as @Acosta does a live shot. Folks booing, shouting “traitor,”… https://t.co/cmQzxnTJ4M— Ali Vitali (@Ali Vitali) 1533071200.0
Twitter wasn't having it with Hannity's less-than-courteous response.
@seanhannity @Acosta Always a class act, Seanny. Your day in court will be coming soon. Remember to smile for your mug shot.— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@Jon Cooper 🇺🇸) 1533178671.0
@seanhannity @Acosta Hey Sean (should be Shawn) why are you attacking real journalists? Don't you just play one on… https://t.co/C4KAdZpwKl— Troll Hunter M🍑45 (@Troll Hunter M🍑45) 1533211604.0
@seanhannity @Acosta https://t.co/lmuxk6xHGT— Troll Hunter M🍑45 (@Troll Hunter M🍑45) 1533211649.0
@seanhannity @Acosta Sean Hannity is neither a journalist nor a reporter. He's just fake news. No prestigious awa… https://t.co/vxEXU73SfT— MariaC🐾 (@MariaC🐾) 1533213391.0
One person accused Hannity of being the "Joseph Goebbels of this administration." Oh please, he wishes.
@seanhannity @Acosta You will go down infamously in history as the Joseph Goebbles of this administration.— Boiling Frog (@Boiling Frog) 1533213577.0
Speaking of "lying bullshit..."
@seanhannity @Acosta I don’t think Jim’s feelings are hurt nor do I think his work is lying bullshit. Now (flips t… https://t.co/epp1zMvSm6— Red (@Red) 1533213111.0
"Irony truly escapes Sean Hannity," who works for an "entertainment network."
@Redpainter1 @seanhannity @Acosta The conspiracy theory propagandist who works for an entertainment network that ma… https://t.co/Wfzwd7TYv0— Political Southpaw (@Political Southpaw) 1533213905.0
We're not done yet.
"At least Jim isn't client #3," one user joked, poking fun at the relationship between Hannity and Trump's former lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen. Hannity was revealed to be a client of Cohen's in April after federal agents raided Cohen's New York City home and office.
@seanhannity @Acosta At least Jim isnt Client #3 😘 https://t.co/zP3XTP7w3e— Pinche-Pastor Pizzazz (@Pinche-Pastor Pizzazz) 1533212667.0
Another implied that Hannity is a doofus.
@seanhannity @Acosta https://t.co/jtT4feMbJ4— Denise Murray 🌊💙🌊 (@Denise Murray 🌊💙🌊) 1533211961.0
Then there's this gem from Trump in 2016.
Wow, you are all correct about @FoxNews - totally biased and disgusting reporting.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1457646078.0
There's always a tweet.
Not to mention Hannity's hypocrisy.
@seanhannity @Acosta lying asshole. FOX= FAKE NEWS PROPAGANDA SOURCE FOR THE NEW NAZI WORLD, YOU AND IGNORANT TRUM… https://t.co/MvYzOwjl4S— Gerilynn Tarvin (@Gerilynn Tarvin) 1533215758.0
We know whose feelings are hurt, and they're not Acosta's.
@seanhannity @Acosta Sean, there’s a huge difference between a TV personality (YOU) and a journalist (Acosta). You… https://t.co/nmv0kP6fDD— JA in Texas ☀️ (@JA in Texas ☀️) 1533213348.0
@seanhannity @Acosta It’s pretty clear you are the one with your precious feelings hurt. You appear to be VERY t… https://t.co/O8WkT9YsMR— Pat (@Pat) 1533215347.0
Be best, Sean.