CNN host Jake Tapper criticized the network for airing an anti-Semitic phrase on its chyron during his show on Monday.
During a segment of The Lead about racist and white supremacist groups that supported Donald Trump’s campaign, the show’s lower-third graphic featured the headline: “Alt-Right Founder Questions If Jews Are People.”
The chyron, which was met by a barrage of criticism on social media, referenced Trump supporter Richard Spencer, who gave a speech at an alt-right conference on Saturday in which he criticized Jews, used a Nazi-era German word to refer to the media, and said America belongs to white people. Jim Sciutto, who filled in as host while Tapper is off this week, referred to Spencer’s remarks as “hate-filled garbage.”
After the show, both Sciutto and Tapper criticized the chyron. “I’m off this week and I’m furious about that chyron and my staff has heard from me. Unacceptable,” Tapper wrote on Twitter. “The chyron was abhorrent and I am trying to deal with it. Obviously I take responsibility but my being off is not irrelevant.”
Sciutto tweeted, “The banner — which we don’t write from the chair — was out of line.”
A CNN spokesperson released this statement: “It was poor judgment and we very much regret it and apologize.”
See the CNN hosts’ comments, as well as those from critics, in the tweets below.