It’s a shame state lemon laws don’t apply to CNN’s Don Lemon. Based on his acerbic commentary and dour outlook on all things Trump, viewers of his show should be entitled to some kind of relief.
Lemon is the co-anchor of CNN Tonight but sees his role as a political commentator who has a higher opinion of his own opinions than is justified. He projects himself as a serious journalist and that in itself says a lot about his myopia, the current state of broadcast journalism and the Trump haters that watch his show.
Last Friday Lemon expressed enough sour grapes he might earn his own Sour Nerds flavor.
“If you have the evidence that shows you, that leads you to nothing else but this president being racist, then I feel it’s my obligation as a journalist to say it,” he said last week as the keynote speaker at Variety’s Entertainment & Technology Summit in New York.
That’s funny, because in my journalism classes we were taught our role was to report the facts as objectively as possible so readers could form their own opinions. That was the journalist’s obligation then.
Guess I missed the classes where journalists were to form their own conclusion, rearrange the facts to support that conclusion, and then tell readers and viewers what to think about a story by sharing your personal opinion.
“Critical thinking is important as a journalist. If you cannot surmise that this president — if he’s not racist, he’s certainly racist-adjacent,” Lemon told last week’s gathered audience.
Racist-adjacent? What the heck is that?
Is that like racist by association because you live in adjacent houses? Is it a type of homeowners association where all the houses are painted black and white? Was he talking about George and Louise Jefferson living next to Archie Bunker?
I asked my Google assistant what “racist-adjacent” was and she shrugged and sent me a link to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“We have come to a consensus in our society that facts matter. I feel like it’s my obligation to say that,” Lemon said last week.
Don Lemon wouldn’t know an honest fact if it signed his paycheck and made his coffee. His anti-Trump bias and presuppositions of Trump’s unfitness to be president are there for his TV zombies to see night in and night out.
As far as his obligation, apparently Lemon feels no obligation to honestly report Trump’s economic policies which have led to the lowest level of black unemployment ever. Likewise the undeniable fact there are fewer blacks on food stamps now than at anytime during Barack Obama’s presidency.
Where is Lemon’s obligation to his viewers with honest facts that tell the real story about the Russian collusion nonsense, Trump’s foreign policy successes and the positive things this president has accomplished his first 16 months in office – despite the scurrilous media headwinds by journalist hacks like Don Lemon and his ilk?
Unfortunately you’ll never hear any of those things from “This is CNN” and their primetime anchor, Don “Racist-Adjacent” Lemon.
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Sources: washtimes.com, thehill.com, The Meredith Vieira Show
Photo sources: edition.cnn.com, notey.com
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