CNN anchor Chris Cuomo offered an apology after making a controversial comment that stirred up social media yesterday afternoon, POLITICO reports.
During a Thursday interview with SIRIUS radio host Michael Smerconish, Cuomo likened use of the phrase “fake news” “as the equivalent of the n-word for journalists, the equivalent of calling an Italian any of the ugly words that people have for that ethnicity.”
Cuomo was referring to a previous incident in which President Trump labeled CNN “fake news” during a contentious press briefing. The White House has since walked back the statement.
“It is an ugly insult and you better be right if you’re going to charge a journalist with lying on purpose and the president was not right here and he has not been right in the past,” he said.
Twitter users quickly jumped in, calling Cuomo’s comments insensitive and not thought through, while several journalists used their platforms to explain why the analogy fell short.
Cuomo took to Twitter on Friday afternoon, rescinding his initial statement.
Smerconish also issued a statement saying Cuomo meant no harm in his analogy.
What do you think? Does Cuomo deserve the backlash or is it unwarranted?
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