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CNN reporter apologises for quoting racial slur

TROUBLE: Susan Candiotti repeated the N-word on live TV

A CNN reporter as apologised for repeating the word 'ni**er' during a live broadcast.

Susan Candiotti has said she 'regrets' using the offensive term while reporting on the story of two men accused of shooting five black people, three fatally, in the Oklahoma city of Tulsa on Good Friday.

While reading a post from one of the suspect's Facebook page, she said: "It reads like this: 'Today is two years that my dad has been gone, shot by a...and please excuse the language, it's very sensitive...shot by a f***ing ni**er."

She continued: "It's hard not to go off between that and Sheran. Sheran is the suspect's girlfriend, who according to family friends, committed sucide in front of the suspect in this case just last December."

"The Facebook posting goes on to say: 'I'm gone in the head. Dad and Sheran. I love and miss you. I think about you both every second of the day,'" she added.

Shortly after the clip aired, news anchor, Fredricka Whitfield, apologised to viewers, saying: "Ok, Susan Candiotti in Tulsa. We apologise to our viewers for such profanities being used on our air. And we'll be right back with much more in the newsroom."

Candiotti has now apologised on her own behalf, saying: "In quoting someone else’s words, I repeated their offensive and inappropriate language. I deeply regret it."

The news comes after CNN correspondent Drew Griffin also quoted the N-word while covering a hate crime case in Mississippi last month.

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