An Arkansas man was arrested on Tuesday after inserting greater than 40 calls to CNN’s Atlanta headquarters and threatening the lifetime of a reporter.
Benjamin Craig Matthews, 39, faces 5 felony counts of terroristic threatening, 9 misdemeanor counts of harassing communications and 4 misdemeanor counts of second-degree terroristic threatening, in accordance with a press launch from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Workplace.
“On November 2nd, the Sheriff’s Workplace was contacted by an Investigator with the Atlanta Police Division who’s assigned to the Homeland Safety Investigation Unit. The Investigator acknowledged that they had taken a grievance report from the CNN Headquarters in Atlanta that phone calls had been acquired at CNN Headquarters making threats towards CNN workers between October 31st and November 2nd,” the press launch mentioned. “The content material of those calls ranged from basic harassment, menace of bodily harm, and calls threatening the lifetime of a CNN journalist. Greater than 40 such calls had been acquired by CNN from the identical particular person.”
Final month, potential explosive units have been despatched to CNN places of work and high-profile Democrats and liberal celebrities. Cesar Sayoc, the person accused of sending the suspicious packages, attended President Donald Trump’s marketing campaign occasions, in accordance with The Washington Publish. Sayoc’s van was lined in political stickers, together with decals studying “Dishonest Media” and “CNN Sucks,” The New York TImes reported.
Trump ceaselessly criticizes the media, and CNN is a typical goal. The president and his administration have repeatedly denied that his inflammatory rhetoric has inspired political violence.
On Wednesday, Trump continued his assaults towards journalists. He instructed a reporter from PBS NewsHour that she had requested a racist query for querying whether or not his promotion of the phrase “nationalist” might embolden white nationalists. The president additionally engaged testily with CNN reporter Jim Acosta.
“You’re a impolite, horrible particular person. You should not be working for CNN,” he mentioned. “You’re a very impolite particular person, the best way that you simply deal with Sarah Huckabee Sanders is horrible. The way in which that you simply deal with different persons are horrible. You should not deal with those who approach.”
In an unprecedented transfer, the White Home later suspended Acosta’s press move, in accordance with CNN. Press Secretary Sanders offered a dishonest rationalization for the revocation, saying the White Home would “by no means tolerate a reporter inserting his fingers on a younger lady simply making an attempt to do her job as a White Home intern.”
Video proof disproves Sanders’ declare that Acosta positioned his fingers on the reporter and exhibits him briefly coming into contact with an intern as she tried to take the microphone from him.