A CNN reporter broke a longstanding taboo Monday about using profanity on-air when she read a Facebook posting made by one of the two suspects in the racist shootings of three blacks in Tulsa, Okla.
The posting from suspect Jake England as read aloud by Susan Candiotti on CNN states “please excuse the language it’s very sensitive ‘shot by a f—-ng n—-r’”, referring to the second anniversary of the shooting death of England’s father.
This shocked CNN anchor Frederika Whitfield who apologized for Candiotti’s on-air profanity.
And this isn’t the first time CNN has used such language in the past month. This has happened on at least two other occasions in the past month alone – all in connection either direct or indirect connection with the Trayvon Martin shooting.
“CNN is supposed to be reporting on the news, not fanning the flames of racism as it did by not bleeping out the actual language,” Accuracy in Media President Don Irvine commented on his blog. “Fortunately, based on its low ratings, the chances are that not that many people were watching.”