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CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta, perhaps more than any other political journalist, has borne the brunt of the Trump administration’s rhetorical war on the media. The veteran reporter is jeered at Trump campaign rallies and mocked at official events by the man himself.
Acosta detailed the threats he has faced in a sworn statement submitted on Tuesday as part of his network’s lawsuit against the White House, which revoked his “hard pass” last Wednesday.
“In my many years as a reporter, I never received a death threat,” he said. “Now I receive death threats regularly, aimed at my work covering the president.”
Acosta said the threats have forced him to take measures to protect himself: “This has frightened both me and my family and required us to take additional security measures in our daily lives.”
April Ryan, a fellow White House reporter who works as a contributor for CNN, revealed to The Hollywood Reporter in August that she’s started paying for her own security detail.
CNN has provided security protection for journalists who have requested it.
“Security remains our number one priority,” CNN president Jeff Zucker told employees on Oct. 26, two days after the network’s New York City headquarters was targeted with a pipe bomb.
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