CNN’s Chris Cuomo is tired of hearing the phrase “fake news” tossed around constantly, but he’s apologizing for an analogy he made about it. In an interview with Michael Smerconish on SiriusXM Thursday, Cuomo said, “I see being called ‘fake news’ as the equivalent of the n-word for journalists,” per Mediaite. (President Trump had accused Cuomo of being a purveyor of “fake news” earlier in the day.)
Cuomo’s analogy drew quick condemnation online, and he soon walked it back in a tweet: “I was wrong. Calling a journalist fake (is) nothing compared to the pain of a racial slur. I should not have said it. I apologize.” Meanwhile, a blogger at the Washington Post makes the case that the charge of “fake news” has lost all meaning because it is used so often by politicians who simply dislike a story.