As noted here, CNN is in a downward spiral as its ratings plummet along with its credibility. Maybe the powers that be at the network decided that what would could save it from going down for the third time was a little all-American profanity. That might explain why The New York Times’s Thomas Friedman, who was a guest on Sunday, went unbleeped any of the three times he uttered the term sh*thole on live TV.
Or maybe the producers allowed the word to go uncensored because Friedman was seeing red over Donald Trump’s controversial tweet thread directed at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her fellow anti-American freshman.
Here is the clip from the show. If you are offended by profanity, you can skip the video and read the transcript below, which is redacted.
Thomas Friedman: Well, John, I really — to pick up on what Michael Smerconish said, which is that the president isn’t talking just about or to two of these four Congresswomen, he’s talking about us. He’s talking about we. He’s talking about every Irish American whose grandparents fled the potato famine. He’s talking about every Italian American whose grandparents or great grandparents fled the depression. He’s talking about every Muslim American whose parents or grandparents fled the disorder of Lebanon or Libya or — or Iraq. He’s talking about every black American whose great grandparents were forced to come here in slavery or fled disorder in Africa. He’s talking about every Latin American whose family came mere from Venezuela or Mexico. He’s talking about we and us. Every one of us at some point or virtually all of us can trace our roots to what Trump has called sh*thole countries. Hey, Camerota, which sh*thole country did your grandparents come from? Berman, which sh*thole countries did your grandparents come from. We all came here. We all came here because this is not a country of blood and soil which Trump thinks, it’s a country built around a universal idea that out of many, we make one. And I know one thing absolutely for sure that we have a president of the United States who could not pass the simplest, the simplest citizenship test that is administrated to every new immigrant in this country because he has no idea what this country is about.