Witness to Gianforte “Body-Slamming” an Aggressive Reporter Changes Her Story


A reporter who witnessed the alleged assault of a Guardian reporter by GOP candidate Greg Gianforte said she misstated some details in her account of the assault in and interview with Laura Ingraham, Lifezette reported.

Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs claimed Gianforte body-slammed him and broke his glasses at a campaign event Wednesday. Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna described the event in a similar vein but is walking it back a bit.

Local authorities brought misdemeanor assault charges against Gianforte.

There was no video, just audio and a handful of eyewitnesses including Alicia Acuna who is changing some details of her account.

She originally reported that Jacobs aggressively questioned Gianforte and then: “At that point, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter. As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, ‘I’m sick and tired of this!’”

On Fox News Wednesday evening she again said: “Gianforte grabbed [Jacobs] by the neck, slid him to the side, and body-slammed him, and then got on top of him and started punching.”

During a Thursday interview on “The Laura Ingraham Show” she admitted she misstated the neck grab, Lifezette reported.

“One of you guys said last night that he put his hands around his neck,” Ingraham said. “Which, as somebody who’s done a lot of taekwondo and self-defense, to me that seemed, that might not be exactly right.”

“You know, and I’m the one who said that,” Acuna replied, “I saw both his hands go up, not around his neck in a strangling type of way, but more just on each side of his neck, just grabbed him and I guess it could’ve been on his clothes, I don’t know.”

Ingraham asked Acuna if she was changing her story.

“Again, just to clarify, he didn’t grab him by the neck with both hands in the way that was initially described, that’s not quite accurate,” Ingraham asked.

“​No, so it wasn’t like he grabbed him around the neck, he had one hand on each side of his neck,” Acuna confirmed.

Gianforte’s campaign released a statement about the assault:

“Tonight, as Greg was giving a separate interview in a private office, the Guardian’s Ben Jacobs entered the office without permission, aggressively shoved a recorder in Greg’s face, and began asking badgering questions,” the statement read. “Jacobs was asked to leave.”

“Greg then attempted to grab the phone that was pushed in his face,” the Gianforte statement continues, “Jacobs grabbed Greg’s wrist, and spun away from Greg, pushing them both to the ground.”

People on Twitter who claim to be eyewitnesses to the alleged assault said that when the reporter pushed his phone in Gianforte’s face, Gianforte grabbed his wrist and they both fell down.

The media is providing wall-to-wall coverage of this but they don’t do it when the opposition is being attacked.

We’re not condoning violence but maybe people should let this play out before they accept any one version though it looks bad for Gianforte.

This is the audio.


  1. I noted that in the audio when Jacobs speaks, his composure, and tone of voice, including breathing, does NOT comport with someone who has been in any way roughed up, as in being “body slammed”. It would be natural for a person to, at least, catch their breath. That audio reflects NONE of this. Therefore it is suspect and questionable.

    Furthermore, WHERE did the audio come from?, Jacobs? We can surely make an assumption the entire episode was staged. I would contend Jacobs was probably the one who “forced” the fall thereby creating the false situation. This is common in media circles and there is plenty of historical evidence to substantiate it.

    And who was this Fox reporter who blatantly lied. Just because someone works at Fox does not mean they are sympathetic to Republicans. Take for example the Fox reporter from Dallas, I believe, who wrote favorably about Trump on her PRIVATE Facebook page and was FIRED because of it.

    Since the Sheriff’s office was investigating I wonder WHICH story she gave the officers since they stated they interviewed all the witnesses.

  2. When leftists beat up people at berkeley and even beat up some of them with sticks, the main stream media barely reported it and did it in a way it was unclear who was the attacker ( they wanted people to think conservatives were the attackers )

    In a civilized society we should not tolerate that the media cheat and lie every day to help one party and to destroy the other party.

    the main stream media should not be allowed to do that.

    it should be illegal

  3. If he got on top of the reporter and started punching we’d be seeing some evidence of a real assault?!

  4. Here’s the thing:

    Reporters, media, Dems and dolts in general need to learn that MOST WHITE ANGLO-SAXON PEOPLE have a physical COMFORT ZONE around themselves, and if you violate it, you are likely to receive some physical reaction!

    Just because a lot of the above-cited groups like to be surrounded by crowds of flesh and don’t mind having a camera/phone shoved in their face, they seem to think that’s appropriate protocol for any situation. Get a clue: IT IS NOT!

    Most folks of Northern European descent prefer a WIDE BERTH around them, and anybody who violates it, DESERVES what ensues. GET USED TO IT. In other words, as Yosemite Sam would say, “BACK OFF, SUCKER!”


Comments are closed.