CNN contributor jumps to conclusions and is left eating crow
She had to eat her words.
CNN guest commentator Hilary Rosen is on the hot seat after she publicly and baselessly panned a Georgetown University sports fan as anti-Semitic — because he was wearing a bacon suit during his school’s recent basketball game against Syracuse University.
"Bacon Man" would like to thank my friends @OrozcoNicolo@realHunterEstes & @_harrisonnugent for their gracious support. Also, S/O to @ghenigma for always taking the best snaps. Bacon Man preaches love... Now on to the books for finals. Peace pic.twitter.com/sNJRERbThy— Michael Bakan (@bakanator33) December 17, 2017
It turns out the fan’s name is Michael Bakan, and he regularly wears the get-up just because his last name is pronounced like the non-Kosher breakfast staple.
“Look at the guy in the ‘bacon suit,’” Rosen wrote Saturday in a since-deleted tweet accompanied by a photo of Bakan at the game. “This is a Georgetown #Hoyas fans anti-Semitic smear to the Syracuse team.”
Rosen then fired off a second accusatory missive after Syracuse won, writing, “Hey bacon-man. #Syracuse for the win. Bigots lose. Bye #Hoyas #Cuse.”
Bakan and several of his friends took to the social-media platform later in the day to point out she was jumping to conclusions.
“Hey, it’s ‘bacon man.’ It’s actually Mr. Bakan — pronounced ‘bacon.’ Just a fun costume,” Bakan tweeted at Rosen.
Rosen tried to save her own bacon by claiming she was given some bad intel.
“Awesome, u found me!” she tweeted to Bakan. “Thanks for telling me. I’m new to this school rivalry and got some bad info! I apologize and took down my tweet.”
Rosen never clarified what “bad info” she got about the legendary ‘Cuse-Georgetown rivalry or how it had to do with Judaism.
Syracuse is known for fielding some Jewish basketball players including Danny Schayes, who played in the NBA from 1981 to 1999 and was part of an Anti-Defamation League ad campaign with the tagline, “If you really believe in America, prejudice is foul play!” Jewish Coaches Association founder Bernie Fine was an assistant coach on the team for 35 seasons.