Monday night during the Democratic National Convention, while Mayor of Philadelphia Jim Kinney was speaking, CNN reporter John King can be heard on mic laughing and saying, “Irish Lives Matter.”
The context is important to note, as this comment came during a certain part of Mayor Kinney’s speech:
‘On behalf of the great people of this city, welcome to Philadelphia. Philadelphia is the city that makes history and we’re ready to do it again when this convention nominates the first woman president of the United States.’
‘Today, however, I want to share a Philadelphia story you probably don’t know. In 1844 an early version of the Know Nothing political party held a rally here to protest the threat that Irish Catholic immigrants posed to the American way of life. They claimed that these immigrants, people like my family, were more likely to commit crimes than native born citizens.’
‘Does that sound familiar?’
It’s during that last sentence that King can be heard chuckling and saying:
‘It’s the Irish Lives Matter movement.’
There is no statement at this time from CNN regarding the comment, which King most likely made thinking that his mic was turned off.
See the moment caught by CNN’s cameras here:
Unfortunately for King, with the huge audience tuning in from around the country, lots of people noticed his “joke.”
Anybody watching CNN now? Someone forgot to cut the mic off a commentator and he made a racist reference to BLM as “Irish Lives Matter.” wtf
— Brian Larsen (@brian_larsen) July 25, 2016
CNN commentator on a hot mic joking about the historical Irish lives matter movement. Stay classy, CNN.
— Delightfully Kim (@DameKimK) July 25, 2016
not realizing his mic is hot @JohnKingCNN laughing at the mayor of Philadelphia “hahah Irish Lives Matter movement” are you kidding me dude?
— Jeremy Wein (@thismyshow) July 25, 2016
Did the guy on CNN who just giggled and said, “The Irish Lives Matter Movement,” know his mic was on??? ?
— The Anthony Fantano (@theneedledrop) July 25, 2016
Someone tell folks at CNN that their mics are on. Someone just said “oh he’s doing the Irish Lives Matter” ?
— Sunni (@SunniAndTheCity) July 25, 2016
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