CNN’s Cuomo Forced To Apologize After Saying ‘Fake News’ Is ‘The N-Word For Journalists’


Chris Cuomo, co-host of CNN’s New Day, came under fire Thursday after equating the term “fake news” with racial slurs.

“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 told host Michael Smerconish on SiriusXM’s POTUS channel. “That’s what fake news is to a journalist.”

“It is an ugly insult, and you had better be right if you’re going to charge a journalist with lying on purpose,” he added. “The president was not right here and he’s not been right in the past.”


Cuomo’s remarks about fake news were in response to a tweet from Trump that accused Cuomo of conducting a poor interview with Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.

The CNN host’s comments echoed his remarks earlier in the day on-air on CNN, when he said being called “fake news” is “like an ethnic disparagement.”


“‘Fake news’ is the worst thing that you could call a journalist. It’s like an ethnic disparagement,” he said, prompting laughter from co-host Alisyn Camerota. “We all have these ugly words for people, and that’s the one for journalists.”

Many on social media slammed Cuomo for making the comparison of “fake news” and the N-word.


Cuomo apologized Thursday evening for making the comparison.

Cuomo also thanked people “for calling me out.”

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