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CNN’s Chris Cuomo: ‘Fake News’ Label Is ‘Equivalent of the N-Word for Journalists’

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Chris Cuomo told CNN colleague and SiriusXM radio host Michael Smerconish that he views the “fake news” label thrown at the media as the journalistic equivalent of the n-word.

Cuomo spoke to a Democratic senator today who confirmed that Neil Gorsuch expressed his concern about President Trump‘s attacks on the judiciary. Trump tweeted this in response:

Cuomo pushed back against Trump earlier today, but elaborated with this stunning remark to Smerconish:

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.

Listen above, via SiriusXM.

UPDATE –– 4:32 pm ET: Cuomo has since apologized.

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