CNN Stands By Reporter After Past Homophobic Tweets Surface

CNN is standing by one of its reporters, despite the revelation of past tweets using gay slurs.

Kaitlan Collins serves as White House correspondent for the cable news network, and has often found herself reporting on the backlash to some of the President’s more provocative tweets. Now, she’s facing that sort of scrutiny herself.

Several homophobic tweets from Collins’ past were discovered by Arthur Schwartz, a friend and former spokesman for Anthony Scaramucci, the former Trump White House Press Secretary. Schwartz posted screenshots of the tweets on his Twitter account, and waited for our “culture of outrage” to respond.

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Alas, Collins seems to be getting a pass from the Twitterverse, and even received the verbal support of CNN itself, who is standing by the reporter.

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The tweets are all from 2011, when Collins was in college. According to The Wrap, Collins would go on to a career in journalism at The Daily Caller, the conservative news site founded by Tucker Carlson. There, she worked served as a White House correspondent before being hired by CNN in the same role in 2017.

Collins has made her presence known in the White House press corps, often aggressively questioning the President and administration officials. In July, the White House banned her from covering an event with President Trump, seemingly in response to her pointed questioning. Nearly every new outlet protested the move, including Fox News, and Collins has seen no restrictions since.

Regarding to the past tweets, however, it seems odd that Collins isn’t facing more criticism and scrutiny, given the sensitive nature of Twitter users.

In one tweet, Collins mocks one of her friends with the slur f*g.

In another tweet, Collins talks of being uncomfortable around a lesbian roommate, and seemed to mock the lesbian lifestyle.

After the tweets surfaced, CNN came to her defense, even though it has fired contributors to the network in the past over similar offensive tweets.

CNN Vice President of Communications Matt Dornic, who is gay, tweeted out his support for Collins, in a statement seemingly speaking for the network. “I’m a proud gay man. And I am a proud friend of @kaitlancollins,” he said. ‘Tho I’m disappointed that she ever used the word (even as an immature college kid), I can say with certainty it doesn’t reflect her feelings toward the LGBTQ community. She’s apologized and I accept that.”

Collins deleted the tweets and apologized – on Twitter. “When I was in college, I used ignorant language in a few tweets to my friends. It was immature but it doesn’t represent the way I feel at all. I regret it and apologize,” she said.

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