During Monday’s showing of The Lead with Jake Tapper, substitute host Jim Sciutto spoke with two guests about Richard Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute who is considered to be the leader of the “Alt-right,” a movement accused of being America’s neo-Nazis.
Here is the segment. That chryon. These times. pic.twitter.com/5vXn5GM7ll
— Colin Jones (@colinjones) November 21, 2016
Over the weekend, Spencer – an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump – spoke at a NPI conference in Washington, DC. Discussing the mainstream media, he blasted the political commentators who gave Trump little or no chance of winning the election.
“Indeed one wonders if these people are people at all, or instead soulless golem animated by some dark power to repeat whatever talking point John Oliver stated the night before,” Spencer said, specifically referring to “Republican strategists and the political consultants snarking at us every night on NBC.”
The Golem is a creature from a medieval Jewish folk tale, made of clay and conjured into life to protect the Jews from persecution.
During the discussion on CNN, Sciutto quoted these particular words of Spencer, describing them as “hate-filled garbage” against Jews, while the chyron at the bottom of the screen read: “Alt-right founder questions if Jews are people.”
“It was poor judgment and we very much regret it and apologize,” CNN said a statement on Tuesday.
The audience immediately poured on Twitter to voice their reactions over the caption.
What is happening. pic.twitter.com/zCb919JVyN
— Alanna Vagianos (@lannadelgrey) November 21, 2016
Some took it with a healthy bit of irony…
i’m real! i’m a person!
— Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold) November 21, 2016
Hey @CNN I hope you solve this "Are Jews People?" debate sooner than you found that Malaysian plane.
— Alison Leiby (@AlisonLeiby) November 21, 2016
I can confirm I am a person https://t.co/IbASZhoifO
— Ethan Hammerman (@Ethanhamm) November 21, 2016