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CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins apologizes for homophobic tweets

Log Cabin Republicans shared tweets Collins posted in 2011 in which she called someone a "fag"

Caitlin Collins — Photo: CNN

CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins has apologized for tweets she wrote in 2011 containing homophobic language.

Log Cabin Republicans posted screenshots of Collins’ tweets, in which she uses the term “fag” and suggests she wouldn’t “wanna room with a lesbian.”

“Past tweets reveal @CNN reporter @kaitlancollins called people ‘fag’ and was uncomfortable around lesbians,” Log Cabin tweeted.

Collins apologized for the tweets after Log Cabin shared them, calling them “ignorant” and “immature,” and saying they don’t “represent the way I feel at all.”

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

Matt Dornic, vice president of Communications and Digital Partnerships at CNN, responded to Log Cabin saying that, while he was disappointed Collins had used such language, as a “proud gay man” he accepted her apology.

“I’m a proud gay man. And I am a proud friend of @kaitlancollins,” he wrote. “[Though] 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 was in the news earlier this year after clashing with the White House in July. She was barred from a White House press conference for apparently asking “inappropriate” questions, after she repeatedly asked Donald Trump if he felt betrayed by his former attorney Michael Cohen, following the revelation that Cohen had taped some of their conversations.

While the White House claimed they removed Collins’ access due to her behavior, CNN said the ban was “retaliatory” and “not indicative of an open and free press.”

Jay Wallace, president of Fox News, even issued a statement in support of Collins and CNN, saying Fox News stood “in strong solidarity” with its rival “for the right to full access for our journalists as part of a free and unfettered press.”

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