While complaining about being labeled as “fake news” by the President and other consumers opposed to CNN’s heavily biased coverage of politics, CNN’s Chris Cuomo got a little overdramatic, equating the label with one of the ugliest terms for another human being to ever be uttered our nation’s history.
“The only thing that’s bothersome about it, is that I see being called ‘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.That’s what fake news is to a journalist.,” CNN’s Chris Cuomo told Michael Smerconish on SiriusXM POTUS (Ch. 124) Thursday.
Uh. No it’s not.
It isn’t anything like that. It’s not even close. You could physically map the distance between Elizabeth Warren and her Native American heritage and you still wouldn’t be representing just how far away “fake news” and the “n-word” are from each other.
Twitter wasn’t going to let this one go without comment.
— regularguy (@regularguy) February 9, 2017
I didn't realize journalist was a race. SMH
— Susan (@TheNomadicFan) February 9, 2017
— Boca Vista (@bocavista2016) February 9, 2017
Hey Chris Cuomo, why don't you interview some African Americans and ask them if they think being called #FakeNews is as bad as the N-word???
— Keyser Söze (@AvgAmericanDude) February 9, 2017
— Franklin Roberts (@frob2222) February 9, 2017
Cuomo eventually coughed up an apology, but many found it satisfying to see the CNN anchor get caught up in a web of his own outrage.
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://t.co/TJGUgWz9Q2
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) February 9, 2017