Fox: Jackson Used N-Word in Crude Off-Air Remarks

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Chicago (AP) Fox News says the Reverend Jesse Jackson used the N-word during a break in a TV interview where he criticized presidential candidate Barack Obama.

The longtime civil rights leader already came under fire this month for crude off-air comments he made against Obama in what he thought was a private conversation during a taping of a “Fox & Friends” news show.

Now a Fox spokesman says Jackson used the N-word to refer to black people during that taping as he said Obama was talking down to them. Those comments were not aired.

Jackson, who is traveling in Spain, apologized in a statement for “hurtful words” but didn't offer specifics.

The n-word comment was first reported by blog TVNEWSER. Fox declined to release the transcript.