Howard Kurtz joined Shannon Bream on "America's Newsroom" today to react to a disturbing photo of Kathy Griffin holding a bloodied mask of President Donald Trump.

The comedian posed for the gory photo during a session with notoriously edgy photographer Tyler Shields.

In a Twitter post, Griffin apologized, saying she "went too far."

Kurtz said it's telling that Griffin didn't anticipate a severe backlash over the tasteless photo shoot, and it shows that some people believe nothing is out-of-bounds when it comes to Trump.

"What Kathy Griffin did was so beyond the pale, so beyond any standard of human decency that it is really hard to fathom," Kurtz said.

He noted that CNN has had a "tepid response" to the incident, not initially confirming if it will pull her from the network's annual New Year's Eve special.

"If Kathy Griffin, I guarantee you, had held up a bloody mask, a head of any other president, there is no way that CNN would want to put her next to Anderson Cooper for that big night at the end of the year," Kurtz said. "She would be gone."

He said Griffin not realizing the backlash this would cause speaks to the overall mindset of the Hollywood circle.

"It really is possible to say or do just about anything when it comes to Donald Trump, and you're going to get high fives," Kurtz said.


UPDATE: CNN announced Wednesday afternoon that it has released Griffin from her New Year's Eve show host position.


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