A "furious" Jake Tapper blasted CNN and his own show, The Lead, for displaying a phrase on Monday night’s show that outraged many viewers who claimed on social media the program was normalizing anti-Semitic comments.
It seemed to be an attempt at summing up a quote made by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who railed against Jews, quoted Nazi propaganda, and said America belonged to white people, whom he called the "children of the sun," at a rally in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, according to the New York Times.
During the rally, which ended with shouts of, “Heil the people! Heil victory,” Spencer suggested the news media were protecting Jewish interests when he declared, “One wonders if these people are people at all, or instead soulless golem,” referring to a Jewish fable about a clay figure brought to life by magic to protect people of Jewish faith.
"It was poor judgment and we very much regret it and apologize," CNN said in a statement.
they were not given a platform. The chyron was, however, unacceptable and will not happen again.— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) November 21, 2016
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