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CNN's Acosta: Hannity is 'injecting poison into the nation's political bloodstream'

CNN’s Jim Acosta hit back at Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday for saying that attendees at President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats slide in battle for Senate Trump believes Kushner relationship with Saudi crown prince a liability: report Christine Blasey Ford to be honored by Palo Alto City Council MORE’s rally were right for heckling the CNN correspondent.

“Hannity is a propagandist for profit, peddling lies every night,” Acosta tweeted, adding that the host is “injecting poison into the nation’s political bloodstream warping public attitudes about the press.”

“I’m confident in the long run the truth will prevail,” he added.

CNN's chief White House correspondent appeared to be responding to Hannity’s comments siding with attendees at a Trump rally in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday who heckled Acosta.

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"I’m actually going to give your network some advice, if you have an open mind and an open heart," Hannity said during the opening monologue of his show on Tuesday after the rally, addressing Acosta. "The people of this country are screaming at you for a reason. They don’t like your unfair, abusively biased treatment of the president of the United States."

"If you want to earn the respect of all Americans, not the coastal elites in California, San Francisco and New York, maybe try reporting the entire story and getting rid of the bias," Hannity continued. "Maybe examine why people are saying this to us."

Acosta, who faced boos and chants of “CNN sucks” at the rally, tweeted after the event that the response to CNN's presence was a “sad scene.”

“I’m very worried that the hostility whipped up by Trump and some in conservative media will result in somebody getting hurt,” Acosta wrote. “We should not treat our fellow Americans this way. The press is not the enemy.”

Hannity is a prominent supporter of Trump on cable news and reportedly keeps in frequent contact with the president.

Trump has repeatedly attacked Acosta, CNN and other media outlets, frequently dubbing them "fake news."

The president also retweeted on Tuesday a tweet by his son Eric TrumpEric Frederick TrumpEric Trump defends father for praising assault of a reporter: 'He can have fun' Eric Trump: US shouldn’t ‘throw away’ Saudi relationship over Khashoggi death Lara Trump says 'Kavanaugh effect' will motivate women to vote Republican MORE, who labeled a video of Trump supporters chanting "CNN sucks" at Acosta with the caption "#Truth."