By: Mark Tapson | Truth Revolt
CNN host Chris Cuomo said on Thursday that he believes accusing journalists of pushing “fake news” is as offensive as when people use racial slurs against minorities, according to Business Insider.
“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 on SiriusXM.
“That’s what ‘fake news’ is to a journalist,” he continued. “It’s an ugly insult, and you better be right if you’re going to charge a journalist with lying on purpose.”
Earlier in the day Cuomo, referring to President Donald Trump’s tweet that the CNN host was promoting fake news, had said that the accusation was “like an ethnic disparagement” for journalists, but at the time he didn’t compare it to the N-word.
The social media backlash against Cuomo’s remark was such that, by the end of the afternoon, he had 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
Too late, Chris. Now we know just how persecuted you feel. Perhaps if you stuck to objective journalism instead of progressive activism, the “fake news” label wouldn’t apply.
Yes, that’s Will Ferrell as pompous newscaster Ron Burgundy in the photo accompanying this article, not Chris Cuomo. But like Cuomo, Burgundy is another newsman who takes himself too seriously.