CNN's Camerota links offensive comments about Sen. McCain on Fox to Trump's "contagious" rhetoric
Alisyn Camerota: “When the president says something, it can have a contagious effect, it can have a ripple effect across TV”
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From the May 11 edition of CNN's New Day:
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ALISYN CAMEROTA (CO-HOST): When the president says something, it can have a contagious effect, it can have a ripple effect across TV. So, then yesterday we see Tom McInerney, this retired lieutenant, Air Force lieutenant feel that, on national TV, he can say something even arguably more outrageous of [Sen.] John McCain [(R-AZ)] on Fox Business.
CAMEROTA: Charles Payne is the anchor and he said that a producer was talking in his ear -- we know that's possible -- and that he missed it in the moment. So he apologized via Twitter later, and Fox has said that Tom McInerney will no longer be on the air. But, again, this is years after he already spread all sorts of birther conspiracies, he made all sorts of vile anti-Muslim comments on the air, so I guess this one was --
CHRIS CUOMO (CO-HOST): But look, it's just more proof. If Fox can offer an apology that this is too much, this is too far, that should be echoed everywhere, David. That's all it is. I'm just saying, I know that people will say, "Oh, you're jumping on this, it's not that big a deal." It is evidence of a trend that is toxic, and it is destroying the opportunity of common ground down there in D.C. They're not working on anything because they don't want to work with each other. There is no sense that there's any positive energy on things unless you figure it out in quiet. Don't let it become a big deal because it will get ruined by the atmosphere.