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A week after NBC News announced it was capitalizing the 'B' when referring to Black people, CNN announced it would also capitalize the 'B' in reference to Black people and capitalize the 'W' for whites.

CNN announced its decision after viewers called them out for referring to Black people with a lower case 'b' on their website.

"When referring to the racial categories of Black and White, CNN style is changing to capitalizing both words," wrote Tim Langmaid, vice president and senior editorial director, in an evening email to staffers.

"Both words denote a racial or ethnic identity and therefore should be upper case when referring to a person, community, culture, etc., in the same way CNN capitalizes other descriptors of race, ethnicity and shared identity, including African American, Native American, Hispanic or Latino, Asian, Asian American, African, and other terms," he explained.

Blogs such as Sandrarose.com have always capitalized the 'B', but mainstream news outlets began adjusting their reporting style amid racial tensions following the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Breonna Taylor in Louisville, and Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, at the hands of police.

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An embarrassing moment occurred when one of CNN's reporters suffered a Freudian slip of the tongue and uttered the words, "George Floyd is looking down from prison" during coverage of a memorial service for the slain Minnesota man on Thursday.

A Freudian slip is the utterance of an unconscious subdued wish or a suppressed thought.

CNN has not commented on the gaffe.

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Joe Biden is catching heat for falsely accusing Black radio host Charlamagne tha god of "baiting" him into making his infamous "you ain't Black" comment.

During an appearance on CNNLOL, host Don Lemon allowed Biden to falsely accuse Charlamagne without challenging him.

Biden made the racist remark during a Skype chat with Power 105.1's "The Breakfast Club." Biden only gave Charlamagne 11 minutes of his time, prompting Charlamagne to complain that Biden doesn't give Black journalists enough face time.

"Listen you gotta come see us when you come to New York VP Biden... It's a long way until November. We got more questions," Charlamagne said.

Biden replied: "You got more questions? If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black."

Biden later apologized for being a "wise guy". He didn't blame Charlamagne for baiting him until his appearance on CNNLOL.

"It should be curious to see how Charlamagne tha God reacts to this old white racist blaming him for his racism," wrote Breitbart.com contributor John Nolte.

Nolte added:

"But what I'd be really interested in seeing is if Charlamagne has the moral courage to call Don Lemon out for allowing this old white racist to deliberately lie and smear him in this way."

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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin shows anger and a lack of remorse in his mugshot released hours after he was arrested and charged in George Floyd's death.

Floyd, 46, died Monday after Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes following his an arrest for passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a grocery store.

Viral video showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck as he begged for air and bystanders pleaded with him to stop.

Chauvin, 44, was charged Friday with 3rd degree murder and manslaughter on day 4 of rioting and looting in south Minneapolis.

The charges carry a sentence of no more than 25 years or a fine of no more than $40,000, or both.

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Despite Chauvin's arrest, violent protests spread to cities in California, New York, Maryland, and Georgia.

Rioters destroyed CNN's headquarters in downtown Atlanta, breaking glass, throwing bottles and setting a police car on fire outside the building.

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Police in riot gear clashed with rioters inside the CNN building as protesters destroyed the interior.

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms angrily addressed the rioters at a press conference Friday night.

"You have defaced the CNN building. Ted Turner started CNN in Atlanta, 40 years ago because he believed in who we are as a city," she said. "If you care about this city, then go home!"

Protesters said the riots will continue until three other officers who were at the scene of Floyd's murder are arrested.

Rapper and entrepreneur Killer Mike rebuked CNN for inciting riots with their news coverage.

"I love CNN — but karma's a mother... Stop feeding fear & anger everyday," he said.

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Dr. Deborah Birx is tired of answering questions about President Trump's "disinfectant" remarks.

During an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday, Dr. Birx seemed annoyed with host Jake Tapper for obsessing over sarcastic statements made by Trump last week.

Trump commented on using UV light and "disinfectant" internally to treat Covid-19. The President later said he was being sarcastic.

Not satisfied with her answers, Tapper pressed Dr. Birx to criticize Trump's remarks.

"I understand that you're taking a generous approach to this when it comes to President Trump musing aloud. But this is potentially dangerous," Tapper said.

"I mean, poison control centers got calls from people, and they had to issue statements saying, do not internally use disinfectants. As a doctor, doesn’t that bother you that you have to even spend any time discussing this?"

"Well, I think it bothers me that this is still in the news cycle," said Dr. Birx, who insisted that there are more important things to discuss such as protecting each other and herd immunity.

"I worry that we don't get the information to the American people that they need, when we continue to bring up something that was from Thursday night," said Dr. Birx.

"So, I think I have answered that question. I think the president made it clear that physicians had to study this. I think I have made it clear that this was a musing, as you — as you described. But I want us to move on to be able to get information to the American people that can help them protect each other and also help them understand how devastating this virus is to different age groups and different symptoms and different comorbidities."

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CNN anchor Chris Cuomo threatened to quit his job in a podcast rant about his COVID-19 diagnosis and job safety.

In an audio clip circulating on social media, Cuomo said he is unhappy at his current job - and he's willing to walk away from his 7-figure salary.

Cuomo threatened to walk "...because I don't want to spend my time doing things that I don't think are valuable enough to me personally. Like what? Well, I don't like what I do professionally. I've decided, I like doing this show. I like talking to you guys. But I don't value indulging irrationality, hyper partisanship, I don't think it's worth my time..."

Cuomo complained about a neighbor pulling up in the driveway next to his and getting in his face.

“And I don't want some jackass loser fat tire biker, um, to be able to pull over... and get in my face and in my space and talk bulls*t to me."

He added: "That matters to me more than making millions of dollars a year. That matters to me more. Why? Because I've saved my money."

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Cuomo is the younger brother of New Jersey Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Chris Cuomo's outburst sparked speculation that he is quitting CNN to sign on as his brother's campaign manager.

Another rumor has it that Chris became disenchanted with CNN after his bosses asked him for proof that he was diagnosed with coronavirus.

The 49-year-old anchorman spent the past 2 weeks in his basement talking on and on about his COVID-19 diagnosis and his symptoms.

At one point, his wary colleague, Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta, asked him to take a break and step away from the TV camera.

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CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta urged colleague Chris Cuomo to stop giving constant updates about his coronavirus diagnosis, telling him "It's OK to take a day off."

Cuomo announced that he tested positive for the coronavirus, saying he was self-quarantining away from his family in the basement of his home.

But Gupta and others are wary of Cuomo's constant updates about his physical condition.

"This was significant for you, Chris, Gupta said with compassion after Cuomo, 49, claimed he hallucinated and chipped a tooth while experiencing chills from a high fever.

"I'm just going to say, as well, you know, we talk about abdication of duty. I don't want to abdicate my duty when I... I know you're a warrior but you're allowed to take a day off," said Gupta.

"We love you. We think about you and it's OK to, you know... I know you're dreaming about this stuff. You're fully engaged but it's OK to take a day off."

Fellow anchor Don Lemon broke down in tears while discussing Cuomo's alleged diagnosis Tuesday night.

And Fox News anchors Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity sent well wishes to their competitor on Tuesday.
 

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San Francisco's mayor clapped back at CNN anchor Jake Tapper who threw a hissy fit when he viewed video clips of Frisco residents jogging and enjoying the beautiful sunshine while the city is under a "shelter in place" order.

During a broadcast on Tuesday, Tapper and CNN chief medical correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, were visibly upset by images of residents walking outside and jogging. Tapper said the images were "kind of enraging."

Gupta and Tapper criticized Mayor London Breed for not cracking down on residents enjoying their lives while maintaining a respectable distance from each other.

"They're holding hands and walking down the street... "We saw people going for jogs, people going about their life as if it's normal... This is actually kind of enraging," Tapper said.

"Jake, I'm with you on this," said Dr. Gupta, before adding that he was "surprised" to see "the lack of seriousness" to the lockdown order.

Mayor Breed appeared on CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer's "Situation Room" on Wednesday to respond to the criticism. She clarified that people are allowed to go jogging and take a leisurely stroll.

She also pointed out that most people seen holding hands were couples who live together.

Mayor Breed said it would be unrealistic to expect people to stay cooped up inside their homes like hermits.

"People in San Francisco are definitely permitted to go out, to run, to exercise, to ride bikes, this is not about a vacation," she said.

"If people are in the same household, they do not necessarily need to keep the same distance from members of their household; it would be impossible for them to do that. I think ultimately, it's not a fair assessment to say people are just out and about and not necessarily following the social distancing protocols we put into place, because they are."

Twitter users dragged Tapper on Twitter.com.

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California has 870 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with only 17 deaths. One of those deaths was not a resident of the state, officials said.
 

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CNN anchor Don Lemon came under fire on Tuesday for laughing hysterically when one of his guests insulted 65 million Trump supporters.

Frequent guest Rick Wilson ridiculed Trump supporters during a segment that aired on Saturday. Wilson spoke in a comically bad Southern drawl as he called Trump supporters "rubes" - implying that all Southerners are dumb country bumpkins.

But since so few viewers watch CNN, the incident didn't garner much attention until President Trump tweeted about it on Tuesday.

"Don Lemon, the dumbest man on television (with terrible ratings!)" Trump tweeted along with a link to a Daily Caller post that included a video clip of Lemon's hysterics.

The backlash was unlike any Lemon has ever seen or heard before. That's why Lemon apologized with his tail between his legs during a segment on Tuesday night.

According to Lemon, he was not laughing at half the country (which he complains is already divided). Lemon claims he was laughing at the "joke" told by Wilson.

The openly homosexual news anchor insisted that he doesn't "belittle" people for "who they are", "what they believe" or "where they're from."

One social media user joked that CNN reminded Lemon that his ratings are already dreadful. After all, CNN does have bills to pay - and many of their advertisers are Trump supporters.

"One final note that I have for you because this is personally important to me to address this," Lemon said with a somber expression on his face.

"Ask anyone who knows me, they'll tell you, I don't believe in belittling people. Belittling anyone for who they are, what they believe or where they're from. During an interview on Saturday night, one of my guests said something that made me laugh. And while in the moment I found the joke humorous, and I didn't catch everything that was said. Just to make this perfectly clear - I was laughing at the joke and not at any group of people."

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CNN fired a 16-year employee who filed multiple lawsuits alleging race discrimination and accused his boss of threatening his life. Dewayne Walker filed discrimination lawsuits after he applied for 31 jobs at CNN.

Walker was fired for litigation abuse and accusing a CNN executive of threatening his life.

According to Walker's complaint, he filed 31 applications for jobs at CNN, and "has never been contacted for a vast majority of his applications."

Walker also complained that he wasn't promoted at CNN because of his race.

In a new lawsuit filed in November, Walker claimed his life was threatened by his boss Whit Friese, Vice President and group creative director at CNN.

Walker, who is Black, claimed Friese, who is white, threatened him in a restroom on August 15, 2019 at CNN Center.

The lawsuit alleges Friese ordered Walker to drop his discrimination lawsuits. "Just drop it," Friese allegedly said.

"Or?" Walker replied.

Friese then approached Walker at the urinal and quietly whispered: "If you f**k with my money, I will kill you."

Walker was placed on administrative leave with pay after he met with CNN's HR manager to complain about his encounter with Friese in the restroom.

A court hearing was scheduled to get Walker reinstated to his job. Walker complained in his lawsuit that being on leave hurt his stature and his career.

"It's a travesty and a sham, said Walker's attorney Mario Williams. "You're using an administrative process to punish a person who made the complaint. The best thing to firing someone is keeping him out of office on administrative leave with pay even though he's the victim."

After an internal investigation, CNN determined Walker "fabricated" his accusation against Friese. Walker was then let go from his job.

The AJC's Rodney Ho learned Walker was fired after he showed up to an empty courtroom to cover Walker's reinstatement hearing which was scheduled for Dec. 11.

Walker's attorney had written in a court filing, "this hearing is moot due to recent events."
 

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Don Lemon nearly had a mental breakdown on the air, after President Donald Trump retweeted a video of himself as Thanos trolling House Democrats.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced articles of impeachment against the president on Tuesday, alleging abuse of power and obstruction of justice.

In the video, Trump's face is Photoshopped on the body of Marvel Supervillain Thanos, who says, "I am inevitable".

Then a black dust cloud blows Pelosi and the other Democrats off the podium during their press conference.

The video left Don Lemon momentarily speechless and in disbelief. The CNN anchor was apparently furious that Trump took the articles of impeachment so lightly.

“Uh... what are we, in junior high school?" he stammered.

"What the hell. What is this? Like, what? WHAT?! I cannot believe that I'm even having to report this on the news!"

CNN viewers mocked the "drama queen" anchor for reporting the video as news in the first place.

"Slow news day, Don?" one Twitter user wrote.
 

 

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