A major part of Trump’s agenda has been to call media “fake news” whenever he disagrees with what is printed or posted, or if he simply does not like someone at a network. Chris Cuomo seemed to believe being called “fake news” is as bad as one of the worst racial slurs among Americans today.
“The only thing that’s bothers me 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.That’s what fake news is to a journalist.,” CNN’s Chris Cuomo told Michael Smerconish on SiriusXM POTUS (Ch. 124) Thursday, reported Gena Wolfson of SiriusXM.
“It is an ugly insult and you better be right if you’re going to charge a journalist with lying on purpose and the president was not right here and he has not been right in the past,” Cuomo added.
Cuomo has been specifically targeted by the infamous liar President Trump.
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
Cuomo was quick to respond with a video showing the president as the one presenting fake news:
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) February 9, 2017
Cuomo believes Trump’s frivolous use of Twitter is a good thing for journalists and concerned citizens.
“It is naive for someone to not see the value in a clear picture of the good, bad and ugly that is going on in the mind of the most powerful man in the world,” Cuomo explained, referring to Trump’s tweets. “This is a gift to journalists. It is a gift to any empowered citizen who wants to know what the motivations are for the workings of their government. We’ve never gotten this kind of unvarnished insight into a president’s motivations.”
Cuomo admits the office Trump holds deserves a certain amount of respect, but also says people need to portray truth and call out the president on his false statements.
“The office deserves respect. The office demands fairness. The office demands testing of what is said and what is done,” Cuomo said.
“And when he says something that is false, or as you say ‘demonstrably false,’ that matters,” he added. “His words have implications, we’re seeing them, we’re hearing them echo around the international political sphere. It matters what he says.”
While Cuomo admitted, “I think there’s a learning curve in that job for everybody,” he reminded journalists that they have a specific role when covering the president.
“Journalists cannot be afraid to do their job. You’re in the wrong business if you want to be popular. What you go for is being right, and being relevant. Forget about being popular, if you want to do that, you know, be an actor.”
Cuomo did later admit he was wrong about the pain of being called fake news compared to that of racial slurs:
I was wrong. Calling a journalist fake -nothing compared to the pain of a racial slur. I should not have said it. I apologize https://t.co/TJGUgWz9Q2
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) February 9, 2017
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)