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Sean Hannity gives ethics lecture to ‘hack’ CNN reporter Jim Acosta: ‘You do a disservice to real journalists’

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Earlier this week, Fox News host Sean Hannity was censured by his own network for appearing on stage at a campaign rally with President Trump after saying he would not do such a thing just a few hours before.

Reporters at Fox News were reportedly furious about the breach of ethics, which follows incidents where Hannity gave sympathetic interviews to guests without disclosing business ties.

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On Thursday, Hannity gave a lecture to CNN reporter Jim Acosta, who was banned from the White House after asking a question President Donald Trump didn’t like at a press conference and refusing to hand over the microphone while asking follow-ups.

Acosta was later the victim of a smear campaign by the White House after it circulated doctored video that made it appear like he had struck an intern who tried to take the microphone away as he was talking.

Hannity gave Acosta a lecture on journalism ethics on his Thursday show, deriding the reporter as a “hack” and saying he had “Trump derangement syndrome.”

“Without a doubt, Acosta deserves to be banned from the White House,” he said. “He’s earned it. He’s unprofessional, it’s outrageous, it’s insulting—he wants to argue with the president… even though claiming to be an unbiased journalist he always seemed to make the story about himself. Rarely asking questions, treating his press briefings as debates.”

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Hannity said Acosta “constantly accused” Trump of lying and being racist, sexist and the like.

“Acosta is a self-serving liberal hack with zero journalistic integrity,” Hannity said. “He’s supposed to be a journalist? That’s a charade. You do a disservice to real journalists in the press corps.”

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There’s evidence that climate activism could be swaying public opinion in the US

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Climate activists walked out of classrooms and workplaces in more than 150 countries on Friday, Sept. 20 to demand stronger action on climate change. Mass mobilizations like this have become increasingly common in recent years.

I’m a scholar of environmental communication who examines how people become engaged with solving dilemmas such as climate change, and how activism motivates others to take action. A new study I worked on suggests that large rallies, such as this youth-led Climate Strike, could be influencing public opinion.

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‘I’ve seen smarter cabinets at IKEA’: See the most memorable signs from the global climate strike

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"Why should we go to class if you won't listen to the educated?" one homemade sign asked.

With millions marching to demand bold climate action in more than 150 countries around the world on Friday, a number of sentiments expressed on homemade signs and through other demonstrations captured the world's attention.

An estimated 400,000 people attended strikes across Australia to start off the day of action. The Australian Conservation Foundation shared a video of some of the young people, including one marcher who proclaimed, "You'll die of old age, we'll die of climate change," addressing the world leaders who climate scientists say are not working nearly fast enough to end fossil fuel extraction and the resulting carbon emissions which are causing global warming, rising sea levels, droughts, and other extreme weather events.

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Trump felt free to ask for Ukraine election interference after Mueller let him off the hook: Wired reporter Garrett Graff

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On CNN's "New Day Weekend," author and commentator Garrett Graff noted that President Donald Trump's attempt to push Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden came right after former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in 2016 ended — and suggested the two were related.

"You know, Garrett, there may be some people thinking 'Gosh, we just got out of the whole scenario with the Mueller report. Now we have this again,'" said anchor Christi Paul. "Do you get a sense that there are people looking at this saying 'I think I have confidence in the 2020 election?'"

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