LOS ANGELES, January 11, 2014 – During live coverage about the Islamist terrorist attacks in Paris, Chris Cuomo made a gaffe that can only be attributed to political correctness and an effort to not offend.
He called the black French terrorist “African American.” Which he most obviously was not.
Even after being corrected by Anderson Cooper, he continued with describing him as being of “African descent.” Perhaps he was of African descent, at some point in his familial or racial history, and then that would be correct.
But accuracy in describing his lineage was not the point of the phraseology. It was to point out that he was black, in contrast to the two other terrorist who were white. Is there any other reason beyond political correctness to avoid using the word black? A concerted effort to avoid getting lost in the detailed weeds of the pantone color palette? Of course not. He merely didn’t want to say the word black, a shorthand racial description that to all but those on the hyper-sensitive and careful-not-to-appear bigoted left.
The contrast between what was occurring in France and on the set on CNN couldn’t be more stark: three Muslim terrorists were killed because they were murdered those that offended them, while the news anchors were stumbling over themselves to avoid saying something potentially unacceptable.
It’s absurd and, unfortunately, not surprising.