CNN Contributor Apologizes After Falsely Accusing College Sports Fan of Anti-Semitism

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CNN political commentator Hilary Rosen is receiving backlash after she called a Georgetown University sports fan anti-Semitic for wearing a bacon suit at a rivalry basketball game against Syracuse University on Saturday.

Rosen, a Democratic strategist, publicly accused the fan of anti-Semitism on Twitter for his bacon suit, but has since deleted her tweet, the New York Post reported.

"Look at the guy in the ‘bacon suit,'" Rosen wrote. "This is a Georgetown #Hoyas fans anti-Semitic smear to the Syracuse team."

Rosen then sent out a second tweet after Syracuse won 86-79 in overtime, writing, "Hey bacon-man. #Syracuse for the win. Bigots lose. Bye #Hoyas #Cuse."

It turns out that the Georgetown fan, Michael Bakan, regularly wears the bacon suit because his last name is pronounced like the non-Kosher meat.

After the game and later in the day, Bakan and several of his friends responded to Rosen on Twitter, calling the suit a "fun costume."

"Hey, it's ‘bacon man.' It's actually Mr. Bakan—pronounced ‘bacon.' Just a fun costume," Bakan tweeted at Rosen.

Rosen then apologized to Bakan for her original tweets, saying that she "got some bad info."

"Awesome, u found me!" she tweeted at Bakan. "Thanks for telling me. I'm new to this school rivalry and got some bad info! I apologize and took down my tweet."

The Post noted that Rosen did not clarify what "bad info" she got about the Syracuse-Georgetown rivalry or its connection with Judaism.

Bakan did not appear too rattled by Rosen's accusations.

Charles Russell

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Charles Russell is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. Before joining the Beacon he worked at America Rising and has spent several years on multiple campaigns. Charles can be reached at, his twitter handle is @charleswrussell.

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