Oh. I don’t know about this one. Chris Cuomo of CNN took it really personally when Donald Trump accused him of being part of the “Fake News“. Cuomo was doing an interview on Sirius XM Radio Thursday with Michael Smerconish, when he compared the term “fake news” to the N-word. Yes. That N-Word. Cuomo sees the moniker as a slur towards journalists.
“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. It is an ugly insult, and you’d better be right if you’re going to charge a journalist with lying on purpose.”
A few on Twitter were quick to point out that Chris Cuomo has used the “slur” himself…
examples @ChrisCuomo using racial slurs pic.twitter.com/LkrFSzAgfh
— TheRightWingM 🇺🇸 (@TheRightWingM) February 9, 2017
Just as fast as his name was trending, Cuomo issued an apology on 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://t.co/TJGUgWz9Q2
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) February 9, 2017
Something tells me the blowback on this isn’t going to be nearly as strong, as it would be if Chris Cuomo were talking about literally anything else in such terms. It will be interesting to see if any of Cuomo’s colleagues question his choice of analogies.