CNN says 'fredo' is an ethnic slur but CNN's employees have used the word in the past
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CNN's viewpoint that "Fredo" is an ethnic slur can be viewed as hypocritical since employees of the network have used the term over the years. CNN host Jake Tapper has drawn cartoons referencing others using the "Fredo" insult, and commentators Ana Navarro and Rick Wilson referred to Donald Trump Jr. and Rep. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.) by the moniker. Several other guests have also used the term, to no objection to anyone on the air.
CNN also published articles in which the "ethnic slur" was used.
"If Stone and Bannon turn into the 2019 version of Fredo Corleone, the president will face a tough road ahead," CNN legal analyst Paul Callan wrote in January 2019.
"Bachmann? If there was a mob character she resembled tonight it was Fredo from ‘The Godfather.' If she raised her hand one more time to get noticed, Anderson Cooper was going to send her out on a fishing boat," Roland Martin wrote in October 2011.