Viewers must have been startled on Thursday when CNN correspondent Drew Griffin said the n-word on air and was not bleeped out.
The moment came during a discussion about the hate crime conviction of a white Mississippi man named Deryl Dedmond Mississippi, who intentionally ran over a black man named James Craig Anderson. Griffin reported that Dedmond received life in prison after he pled guilty to the crime. He narrated video evidence of the events that took place on that June evening, which showed how Dedmond backed his pickup truck into Anderson and ran him over.
"Deryl Dedmond backs up and gets a good aim and just plows him over on the way out," Griffin said of the horrific crime. "To be absolutely factual, at the end of this, Deryl Dedmond is laughing with his friends and actually called on his cell phone and, pardon my language but there's no other way to say this, and said, 'I just ran over that f---ing [n-word]'"
Host Brooke Baldwin made no comment about Griffin's use of the word.
Some viewers tweeted their surprise at the uncensored word.
Scenes from Dedmond's conviction: