Some people weren’t too happy about flipping on their TVs Thursday night to see the word “shithole” slapped on chyrons in capital letters.
The Federal Communications Commission received a “handful” of complaints from viewers offended by the decision made by some broadcasters to use the word “shithole” uncensored in their coverage of President Trump’s alleged comments during a combative Oval Office meeting about immigration on Thursday.
Trump, frustrated with proposals to extend protections for African and Caribbean immigrants, reportedly exploded with racist comments, fuming at attendees, “Why are we having all these people from shitthole countries come here?”
As news of the shocking comments spread, some news organization — the Daily News included — decided to use the expletive unedited.
CNN was among the news outlets using the expletive uncensored.
NBC and CNN both displayed the immigrant bashing remark in its entirety on chyrons, as anchors and pundits slammed Trump as “racist.”
An FCC spokesman confirmed to Variety that the commission had received complaints about the expletive. He did not have an exact number and would not comment on if the commission plans to act on the complaints in any way.
Trump came out swinging on Friday against reports that he used the harsh word while talking about immigrants, tweeting that he “never said anything derogatory.”
But several meeting attendees — including GOP Sen. Lindsay Graham and Democrat Richard Durbin — countered the President’s assessment.
Donald Trump in the White House
Durbin confirmed that news reports were accurate, calling Trump’s comments “hate-filled.”
Graham, playing a bit more coy, issued a statement saying that he said his “piece” to the President after he made the inflammatory comments.