CNN stays mum on Biden’s “you ain’t black” remarks

by Peter Heck · May 23rd, 2020 1:24 pm

A day after former Vice President and presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden created a firestorm of outrage following racially provocative remarks he made on "The Breakfast Club" radio show, CNN has barely covered the backlash.

Speaking with host Charlamagne tha God, Biden claimed, "I tell you if you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black."

The remarks were widely condemned as presumptuous and insensitive by commentators across the political spectrum, with the Trump campaign calling them "racist and dehumanizing."

Republican Tim Scott agreed, telling Fox News in an interview, "That is the most arrogant, condescending comment I've heard in a very long time."

But while all the major news networks mentioned the offensive remarks on their nightly newscasts, and 24-hour news networks Fox and MSNBC covered the backlash extensively, CNN remained nearly silent.

Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel made note of the silence, as did media critic Steve Krakauer, a former CNN producer.

CNN's coverage blackout of Biden's gaffe stands in sharp contrast to their dedication of over 100 minutes reporting on President Trump's refusal to wear a medical mask during his tour of a Ford plant on Thursday.

CNN did cover the controversy on its website with an article entitled, "What Biden said was outrageous. But, some say, so was the reaction."


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