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C-SPAN Caller Calls Obama N-Word On-Air; Host Quickly Apologizes

By    |   Thursday, 06 Nov 2014 09:29 PM

A man who called into C-SPAN to warn Republicans to follow a moderate course called President Barack Obama the N-word on-air, shocking the show's host.

"I would just like to say, that the Republicans — and I'm a Republican — please do not overreach," the man, identified as Anthony from San Diego, started off reasonably. “I know they're going to overreach but I'm telling you, if you advocate for the repeal of Obamacare and you get too extreme, then Hillary Clinton will be elected President in 2016."

But then he said, “This is about race. The Republicans hate that n— Obama.”

That's when host Steve Scully jumped in.

"Okay, I’m going to stop you there. We’re not going to use that kind of language," he said, immediately moving on to the next caller. “You can certainly make your point, but you cross the line when you use language like that. And so to our viewers, I want to apologize.”

Warning: Video contains inappropriate language. Story continues below video.



A C-SPAN official told the New York Daily News they don’t use delay for their shows.

“The live, town-hall format of our call-ins can occasionally give rise to calls that contain factual inaccuracies or distasteful language," the Daily News quoted C-SPAN’s website. "Fact-checking for live viewer calls is impractical, something of the nature of the beast. Regarding distasteful language: When a caller makes ad hominem attacks or uses indecent language or obviously racist language, program hosts are certainly permitted to step in. Given that this involves quick judgment during a live television production, it's an imperfect process. The network does not endorse any comments made by our callers, or, for that matter, our guests."

Twitter lit up with comments about the caller’s use of the N-word, and also Scully’s quick and appropriate response.





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