CNN Counterterrorism Analyst Phil Mudd became a bit unhinged when discussing the preliminary report released by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee drawing their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election to a close, arguing that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia.
From News Busters
Appearing on CNN’s The Situation Room Monday night, Mudd went off the rails, saying “If this report were written on toilet paper, I wouldn’t stoop to wipe my ass with it.”Mudd’s profanity should not come as that much of a surprise; neither should CNN’s embrace of profanity in general. Following the report that President Trump described poor countries as “sh*thole countries” during a meeting with a bipartisan group of Senators focusing on immigration, Mudd declared himself a proud “sh*tholer.” He also used various racial slurs, including the N-word, while trying to make the point that America has not become any less racist over the past half century.CNN’s frequent use of the word “sh*thole” in the days following the President’s alleged remark led Fox News Host Sean Hannity to brand the network “The S***hole Network.” The network used the word 195 times the day after the news first broke.
CNN seems to have no problem with its on-air staff using profanity, but they have a huge problem when President Trump uses profanity. At a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday, President Trump described Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd as a “sleeping son of a b***h” as the enthusiastic audience erupted in laughter. Appearing on CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday, media critic David Zurawik complained about the President’s comments about Todd, calling them “offensive” and “just plain wrong” in addition to stating that “we lose our ability to function as rationally informed citizens every time we chuckle or smile at something he says!”
During an appearance on Reliable Sources two months earlier, Zurawik seemed to have no problem with CNN’s use of profanity on the air, praising the network for “doing God’s work” by repeatedly mentioning President Trump’s use of the word “sh*thole.” If CNN really wants President Trump to cut back on the profanity, it could lead by example.