Published On: Mon, Feb 13th, 2017

Chris Cuomo now apologizing for equating ‘fake news’ attacks to the use of the N-word

Chris Cuomo goes on apology tour for remarks he was making during his “victim tour” last week when he likened “fake news” insults to the use of the N-word.

During a Thursday interview with SIRIUS radio host Michael Smerconish, Cuomo levied the 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 because it was wrong.

“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.

Cuomo’s interviewed Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal, prompting a Tweet from Trump:

Chris Cuomo, in his interview with Sen. Blumenthal, never asked him about his long-term lie about his brave ‘service’ in Vietnam. FAKE NEWS!

In reality it was the very first question.

“Really, [it’s] the first point I made in the interview,” Cuomo said on the Sirius XM show. “The president, with all due respect, is once again off on the facts. And that’s not something that any of us have any desire to say on a regular basis, but it keeps being true.”

Twitter: I was wrong. Calling a journalist fake -nothing compared to the pain of a racial slur. I should not have said it. I apologize https://twitter.com/smerconish/status/829780495168831489  — @ChrisCuomo

I want to thank you for calling me out for equating fake with other slurs. Wasn’t my intention to diminish but just saying it was too much. https://twitter.com/cassandra0paige/status/829798464808742912  — @ChrisCuomo


It’s worth noting that the culture Cuomo helped create led to the criticisms and the CNN host will likely attack someone soon for making an inappropriate comparison or insensitive remark.

photo Jennifer Moo via Flickr

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