CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said Thursday that when President Trump refers to his network as “fake news,” it’s the same thing for reporters as the N-word is for black people.
“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.”
Cuomo’s comments were a variation of something he had said earlier in the day on CNN.
“‘Fake news’ is the worst thing that you could call a journalist,” he said. “It’s like an ethnic disparagement. We all have these ugly words for people, and that’s the one for journalists.”
Cuomo was responding to a tweet from Trump that accused Cuomo of conducting a poor interview with Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.
Chris Cuomo, in his interview with Sen. Blumenthal, never asked him about his long-term lie about his brave “service” in Vietnam. FAKE NEWS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2017
“Chris Cuomo, in his interview with Sen. Blumenthal, never asked him about his long-term lie about his brave ‘service’ in Vietnam,” Trump’s tweet said. “FAKE NEWS!”