Don Lemon Attempts to Discredit a Malicious “Myth”: “There’s Nothing Fake about CNN”

CNN is certainly not fake. This is the truth, according to CNN. This message was delivered on Monday by Don Lemon during an interview on his new show, CNN This Morning.

The program hosted Andrew Callaghan, the January 6th documentarian, who floated an idea that is little heard by the networks: Legacy media played a role in the riot.

Andrew also included Don's network in his claim: “The movie’s not just about…the Capitol riot and all that. It’s also about…media echo chambers. You know what I mean?”

Lemon's response to that question, as viewers will soon find out, was “no.” 

Callahan went on: “And…the dangers of the 24-hour news cycle. And how, I think, mainstream media like Fox—and even CNN—like, [compete] for views by running constant, 24-hour news cycles based upon fear, division, outrage, and panic. Probably to…sell ads. So it’s not just about the Capitol riot.”

Lemon seemed sour and confused: “I’m not exactly sure—first of all, I don’t agree with what you’re saying. But I’m not exactly sure how that played into people going into the Capitol and rioting on January 6th.”

Then Don dropped the microphone: “There's nothing fake about CNN.”

This isn't the first time that Lemon has stood up for the network while dismissing allegations of non-neutrality as nonsensical. In November, Lemon set Stephen Colbert straight on The Late Show. In the wake of the news that Chris Licht has been installed as CNN's new CEO, Colbert said, “Word on the street is that you guys aren’t allowed to be liberal anymore. Is that the case?”

Don tried to kill the premise: “I don't think we ever were liberal.”

For 2020, Lemon peeled the fruits of Ted Turner's genius and discovered partisanship that was also, surprisingly, impartiality. When speaking with former Clinton administration spokesman Joe Lockhart, the way he viewed things was this: “[I]’ve been giving people the facts about the Democratic party, that it’s actually a centrist party.”

Returning to fake news, not all CNN critics have employed the “F” word. A lot of them have preferred something suction-centric. In one instance, anchor Jim Acosta eventually injected clarity, claiming CNN “does not stink.” In the end, no one was completely convinced.

Returning to CNN This Morning, Andrew Callaghan tried to soften the impact: 

“Oh, I’m not saying, like, fake news. I’m just saying ramping people up and increasing division during that period of time. Just watching people kind of fall down the rabbit hole and be pushed into action and, like, just, yeah, falling down the conspiracy rabbit hole.”Did this bring about a change? Or does the new CNN This Morning attraction have other things to take care of. Let's hope it gets to work. According to the New York Post, Lemon’s new show “bombs in debut.”

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