CNN host Jake Tapper was on vacation Monday when his show outraged many viewers who thought the program was normalizing anti-Semitic comments.
During a segment led by guest host Jim Sciutto about Donald Trump’s transition into the White House and whether the president-elect needs to distance himself from the blatantly racist and Nazi-sympathizing “alt-right,” a chyron appeared at the bottom of the screen characterizing recent hateful comments made by white nationalist Richard Spencer.
”Alt-right founder questions if Jews are people,” read the banner at the bottom of the screen, a message that stayed on air for several minutes as a CNN panel managed to fill airtime talking about whether the president should denounce and distance himself from such groups. (A simple “Of course, Jim. This is a crazy question!” would have sufficed in my book).
Tapper immediately responded to comments on Twitter, saying that he was “furious” and that the chyron was “unacceptable,” as it would imply the worst about the segment.
@jsthorpe2 yes, I’m off this week and I’m furious about that chyron and my staff has heard from me. Unacceptable.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 22, 2016
Scuitto also tweeted that he was upset over the chyron after the show.
A CNN spokesperson told The Huffington Post, “It was poor judgment, and we very much regret it and apologize.”