Oh Dear: MSNBC's Hallie Jackson Refers to Jewish Lawyer Michael Cohen as 'Kikle'

MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson crashed and burned Wednesday while attempting to plug an NBC News report during the final moments of her morning show. In a spectacular display of poor judgment, the MSNBC Live host attempted to rhyme former Trump attorney Michael Cohen's name with a made-up word, and wound up using what sounded like an anti-Semitic slur in the process: “Kikle.” Mr. Cohen is Jewish. 

The gaffe occurred when Jackson attempted to tease a topic for an upcoming installment of NBC Nightly News. “I bet you can guess what we will be talking about,” she announced conspiratorially. “I’ll give you a hint: Kikle Mohen.” 

Fellow host Ali Velshi burst into a fit of uncomfortable laughter, and for a merciful moment, it appeared that the worst had passed. Then, Velshi’s co-host Stephanie Ruhle, perhaps oblivious to the suggestive nature of Jackson’s quip, chimed in. “It rhymes with Kikle Mohen,” she grinned. “I really, really appreciated that.” 

It would be a stretch to take Jackson’s flub as evidence of some deep-seated ethnic hatred that she’d secretly been harboring.  Regardless, her unfortunate choice of words, in conjunction with the fact that Michael Cohen is in fact Jewish, made for a remarkably uncomfortable moment of television.

 

 

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