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People Properly Gathered This CNN Anchor After He Said "Fake News" Is "The N-Word For Journalists"

Cuomo has since apologized and thanked the internet for setting him straight.

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CNN's New Day co-anchor Chris Cuomo was interviewed by Sirius XM radio show POTUS on Thursday. During the show, he likened the term "fake news" to being called "the n-word" for journalists. Cuomo was addressing Donald Trump's tweet personally attacking him earlier that day.

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Trump called Cuomo out by name in a tweet after he claimed the anchor never asked Sen. Dick Blumenthal about misrepresenting his military record during their interview. This was quickly disproven, as the taped interview was played back to show it was actually the first question asked to the senator

Nevertheless the POTUS called it "fake news," which Cuomo took a serious issue with.

“The only thing that’s bothersome about it, is that 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. "That’s what fake news is to a journalist."

Cuomo's quote was quickly met with a collective groan across social media.

@smerconish @CNN @ChrisCuomo @SIRIUSXM Get cha boy CNN. He has lost his damn mind


The responses to that comparison could be summed up with one resounding "nope."

Nah fam. No. Don't do this.

People were quick to point out that being called "fake news" and a racial slur is not parallel.

WHEW. Let's talk about how wrong you are here, @ChrisCuomo.


chris cuomo is basically john lewis is what he is saying

And the lived experiences in oppression are not the same. (Some had their fun proving the point).

I still cry remembering all those people who were spit on and otherwise abused while being called "fake newses" @ChrisCuomo. Dark times.

After every show Chris Cuomo puts a black leather glove on and raises his fist in the air. "Editorial Power" he whispers with his head bowed

After he was properly gathered by the internet, Cuomo apologized in a tweet, and said the term "fake news" is "nothing compared to the pain of a racial slur."

I was wrong. Calling a journalist fake -nothing compared to the pain of a racial slur. I should not have said it. I…

He then thanked people online for, well, gathering him.

I want to thank you for calling me out for equating fake with other slurs. Wasn't my intention to diminish but just…

Tanya Chen is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in New York.

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