A CNN panel between Angela Rye and Steve Cortes went off the rails Tuesday night when there discussion about President Donald Trump’s response to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by the Saudi government turned to his treatment of the media.
“Donald Trump sees the press more of his enemy than the Saudis because he can put a dollar figure next to it,” Rye stated.
“He is siding and aligning himself with people who have been threatened by the mere questions, threatened by the mere seeking of accountability of folks in power,” she continued. “And he has already made it very clear with folks who also sit on this network that the press is his greatest enemy. That is the truth, and that is a painful pill that y’all don’t want to swallow.”
Cortes interjected, “And all he has done is criticize the press. He has not done one thing to infringe upon the freedom of the press in this country.”
Rye then immediately responded, “I’m sorry. Jim Acosta. Jim Acosta. Jim Acosta. April Ryan. Abby Phillip. Yamiche Alcindor. Are you kidding me?!” (RELATED: CNN Sues The White House Over Jim Acosta’s Revoked Press Credentials)
He shot back, “They can say whatever they want whenever they want.”
“Time out! He’s actually put people’s lives in danger! Do you know there are people who sit on this network who are getting death threats because of your president’s rhetoric?! That is the truth,” Rye added.
Cortes then added that he has received death threats as well.