The Gianforte campaign's accusation that Jacobs "aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg's face, and began asking badgering questions" came in for particular scorn, with journalists pointing out that it's par for the course in politics.
"Greg Gianforte: Charging with a crime".
Greg Gianforte was cited for grabbing a reporter by the throat and throwing him to the ground in his campaign office Wednesday night. Jacobs then grabbed Gianforte's wrist and both fell to the ground, Scanlon said. On Thursday, voters will head to pick between him and Democrat Rob Quist. Turnout, which was expected to be low, could be the deciding factor in the race and shortly after the incident both national and statewide Democratic groups were encouraging people who didn't plan to participate in this election to register and vote.
The Society of Professional Journalists denounced the alleged assault, saying "it is never acceptable to physically harm or arrest a journalist who is simply trying to do his or her job". Audio of the incident posted by the Guardian leaves no doubt that Gianforte lost his composure in the moments preceding it. After the sudden eruption heard in the audio, Jacobs called police, and Gianforte fled the scene.
"I'm sick and exhausted of you guys!" Loud thuds can also be heard in the recording. The last guy who came here did the same thing. Get the hell out of here.
The Missoulian's editorial board wrote: "Gianforte committed an act of bad judgment that, if it doesn't land him in jail, also shouldn't land him in the US House of Representatives". Jacobs persisted with his question.More news: Pablo Zabaleta: Manchester City defender to leave club in the summer
More news: Voters support naming of special counsel for Russian Federation probe
More news: LeBron James Addresses Michael Jordan Comparisons Via Interesting NFL Analogy
Shane Scanlon, a spokesman for the Republican candidate, released a statement calling Jacobs a "liberal reporter" and accused him of exhibiting "aggressive behavior". Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter.
"I'm sick and exhausted of you guys!" he shouts after being asked about the House GOP bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.
It's worth pausing to highlight the massive disparities between the Fox News account and Gianforte's.
Gianforte's campaign blamed Jacobs for the incident. Mr. Gianforte then became hostile and allegedly grabbed the journalist by the neck.
Fox News reporters, at Gianforte's headquarters to shoot an interview, witnessed the attack - and backed Jacobs' claims that he wasn't the aggressor. This will include the recording made by reporter Jacons while Gianforte reputedly slammed the former to ground.
Gianforte did not admit to engaging in any violence. But even though Quist is performing better than you'd expect from a Democrat in Montana, the race looked like it would go to Gianforte.
After the assault, three Montana newspapers who had endorsed Gianforte withdrewtheir support, lamenting the sorry coarsening and brutalizing of the times.