The veteran reporter made a borderline-at-best comparison.
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo said today that he feels the "fake news" sentiment being thrown at his network and others is the equivalent of the n-word for journalists.
Cuomo, 46, made his comments on Sirius XM Radio.
"I see being called 'fake news' as the equivalent of the n-word for journalists," Cuomo said on SiriusXM, "the equivalent of calling an Italian any of the ugly words that people have for that ethnicity."
"That's what fake news is to a journalist," the CNN host continued, adding, "It's an ugly insult and you better be right if you're going to charge a journalist with lying on purpose."
CNN has been a constant focal point of criticism by President Donald Trump and others throughout the campaign and his early time in office.
Update: Cuomo has taken to Twitter to apologize, saying he was wrong.
Probably the right move.