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Jeff Zucker apologizes to staff for Freddie Gray story; “Son of an illiterate heroin addict”

During a town hall on Tuesday, CNN president Jeff Zucker apologized to staffers for a controversial story on Freddie Gray, referring to him as “the son of an illiterate heroin addict.”

As the Baltimore Sun notes, CNN has removed that description, and instead has added an editor’s note. “A reference to Freddie Gray’s mother was removed from this story because it appeared out of context.”

But an insider told TheWrap Zucker said the “intent of the story was to show that Freddie came from a tough environment but it came out wrong and was updated on the digital end” and he apologized for that.


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