CNN Anchor Brooke Baldwin Shuts Down Newsroom Guest For Using N-Word On Air
A teary-eyed CNN anchor, Brooke Baldwin, had to shut down one of her newsroom guests for imperturbably using the N-word on the show, according to the Entertainment Weekly.
Author Charles Kaiser and Trump Supporter Paris Dennard joined Baldwin on air to discuss Steve Bannon, who Donald Trump selected for a top position at the White House as Chief Strategist.
Kaiser condemned Bannon, who is a former executive at Breitbart News, for being the most homophobic man, saying “If you don’t want to support the alt-right, don’t choose as a White House counselor, a man who uses the word ‘n*****,’ whose wife says that he did not want his daughters to go to school with too many Jews.”
As Kaiser continued to speak, Baldwin and Dennard were both visibly astounded after Charles nonchalantly utilized the N-word on the air, saying “wow” and shaking their heads, profoundly disconcerted.
It wasn’t long until the CNN anchor interrupted Kaiser after his utilization of the N-word, saying “Charles – just hold on a second. I appreciate you going through all of this, but please don’t use the N-word on my show” as she fought back tears and continued to shake her head while looking down.
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“I’m sorry,” Kaiser replied. “I never use the N-word except when I’m quoting someone who’s been appointed by the president to serve in the Oval Office since this is such a disgusting moment in our history.”
Baldwin unheeded Kaiser’s apology and proceeded with the segment, asking Dennard – who is a Black male – how he felt about Trump’s condemning and disavowing white supremacist, but in lieu of responding to the question, he thanked Baldwin for reprimanding her newsroom guest for using the N-word while being live on the air.
Dennard said, “First of all, I appreciate you for making that comment about the utilization of the N-word – it’s highly offensive and inappropriate” before he moving on with the segment in which Kaiser interrupted him on several occasions, which nearly turned into a screaming match.
“All right, gentlemen, we’re done,” Baldwin said jadedly. “We’re done. I appreciate both your voices. The more I’ve sat here and listened to the fact that somebody used the N-word on this show, it is not okay. It is not okay.”
“Charles Kaiser, I respect you, I enjoy having you on as a guest, but not okay. By the way, the claim that Mr. Bannon used the N-word, I’ve never heard of this. So there’s that.”
Afterward, Baldwin called for a commercial break, abruptly ending the CNN segment that suddenly went awry.
The CNN anchor later took to Twitter and addressed the exchange, posting: “Whether you’re quoting someone or not, using the N-word on my show is not okay. Period.”
Several social media users applauded Baldwin for her response while others said it was absurd to have responded in such a way as Kaiser was only quoting Bannon.
However, the Daily Mail reported that there is no such “information to suggest that Bannon has publicly used the N-word” as Kaiser stated.
After using the N-word live on CNN, Kaiser has made another apology saying, “It was a mistake. I do apologize for one thing in particular. I mistook Bannon for Sessions. I was mistaking the one for the other.”
Kaiser was actually referring to an incident where Trump Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions had publicly used the N-word, not Bannon – allegedly.
He added that if he could do it all over again, he would have never used the N-word on live television at CNN, added that “there’s a part of me that feels you can’t fully express the shocking nature of the first appointments of Donald Trump without using the actual words used by these appointees.”
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