Accuracy in Media

Politico reporter Marc Caputo apologized Wednesday for his tweet the previous night in which he mocked President Trump’s supporters for heckling CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta, calling the president’s supporters “garbage people” and intimating that they didn’t have any teeth.

Caputo was responding to a report by Acosta who told CNN host Wolf Blitzer that Trump supporters were chanting things like “CNN sucks” and “fake news” at him ahead of a rally in Tampa. A video of the crowd chanting was later posted online by Acosta.

“Just a sample of the sad scene we faced at the Trump rally in Tampa. I’m very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt. We should not treat our fellow Americans this way. The press is not the enemy,” Acosta tweeted.

In a now-deleted tweet Caputo wrote, “If you put everyone’s mouths together in this video, you’d get a full set of teeth.”

After being criticized for the tweet, Caputo then fired back, “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,” in another deleted tweet.

That only resulted in more critical tweets about what he had said, causing Caputo to realize the error of his ways.

“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,” Caputo tweeted Wednesday.

In Caputo’s last tweet on the issue, he promised to do better, hoping to put the controversy to bed once and for all.

“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.”

 




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