07/02/2013 01:23 pm ET

CNN Weighs ‘Cracker’ Vs. The N-Word


CNN, in service of knowledge (and desperate for ratings), is going all out on the Trayvon Martin case and, when it's forced to cover something else, Paula Deen's deeply ingrained racism. But the opportunity to combine the two is manna from heaven for cable news. That's why, almost a full week later, the network is still weighing the testimony of Martin's friend Rachel Jeantel, who said the Florida teenager remarked on the phone that he was being followed by a "creepy-ass cracker." And thus the above hall-of-fame chyron is born: "N Word VS 'Cracker': Which Is Worse?'" The segment was fifteen minutes long.

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