A CNN reporter for a local New York news station was called a “nasty” Black Lives Matters protester by a CNN producer during a live broadcast last week, The Post has learned.
The story, which was first reported by The Post, sparked intense backlash on social media and prompted a CNN spokesman to apologize.
On Tuesday, the Post published a detailed account of the incident, which unfolded as reporters gathered to interview a man with a gun at a demonstration on the Lower East Side.
CNN anchor Don Lemon was among those gathered and had to defend himself against a protester who tried to grab his camera.
The incident took place at a protest against the fatal police shooting of a black man in Brooklyn on July 17.
“He’s not being called a nigger, you’re calling him a racist,” Lemon said.
“This is what he’s doing, he’s putting himself in a very dangerous position.”
The CNN producers who were standing nearby reacted with fury to the CNN reporter’s reaction.
“You think you’re so brave, but you’re a total nigger,” one producer said to Lemon.
“He has no right to call you a niggas racist.”
The producer added: “We’re not a big deal.”
The woman who filmed the incident was not named.
The Post did not identify the CNN producer.
A CNN spokeswoman told The Post the network was aware of the situation and that Lemon was “unfairly” attacked.”CNN is deeply troubled by the treatment of one of our reporters,” the spokeswoman said in a statement.
The Post did report that the reporter had received death threats in the past, but the network did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Post.”
We have reached out to him to apologize for the behavior he has displayed during an interview and we are committed to doing everything in our power to make sure it never happens again.”
The Post did report that the reporter had received death threats in the past, but the network did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Post.
The CNN producer who was attacked told The Daily Beast she was shocked and saddened by Lemon’s behavior.
“I think the people who are doing this are angry and hateful,” she said.
“It’s so wrong that we’re being called that by a reporter who is a CNN employee.
They’re doing it for clicks.
They know that.”