Chris Cuomo apologizes for comparing ‘fake news’ insult to ‘the n-word’
CNN host Chris Cuomo apologized over his comment that President Donald Trump’s “fake news” insult of his performance was equivalent to using the n-word as a racial slur.
On Thursday in a radio interview with Michael Smerconish on SiriusXM POTUS, Cuomo said
‘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,’ Cuomo said. ‘That’s what fake news is to a journalist,’ he added.
He didn’t stop here and said
‘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’.
But after facing numerous criticism for being insensitive he took to twitter and apologized for his remarks
‘I was wrong. Calling a journalist fake -nothing compared to the pain of a racial slur,’ he wrote on Twitter Thursday afternoon. ‘I should not have said it. I apologize.’
Cuomo also tweeted a ‘thank you’ for those who called him out on his remarks.
‘I want to thank you for calling me out for equating fake [news] with other slurs. Wasn’t my intention to diminish but just saying it was too much.’