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In case you were wondering if CNN anchor Don Lemon had any credibility left, we can all answer with a resounding no.
Just last week, when that Black woman called him an Uncle Tom on live television, I was wondering if she’d taken it too far. But after seeing this week’s antics, I’m starting to think she needed to let him know.
These days, it seems that the network has realized that Lemon is a controversial figure, with his coverage and commentary often causing spirited debate and denouncement everywhere from social media platforms to the barbershop. But instead of attempting to make him more objective or more palatable to the CNN viewer, they’ve used his infamous personality to incite more ire, particularly amongst the Black community.
Yesterday, Lemon was discussing the Confederate Flag continuing to wave in South Carolina and President Obama’s use of the word nigger.
Two separate topics that both just so happen to be hinged on the larger and more complex issue of racism. Instead of speaking about the topics separately, as they deserved, Lemon combined the two asking the audience first if the Confederate Flag offended them. Then, shortly afterward he held up a sign with the word “Nigger” unblurred in white letters over a black background and asked if the audience was offended by this word.
You can watch it in the video below.
Don, what the hell?!
First, it’s a shame that people are getting so caught up on President’s Obama’s use of the word that they’ve completely failed to grasp the point he was attempting to make. That the country needs to have a serious and in depth discussion about racism not just the word. And, in doing the complete opposite of what he just said CNN had yet another tired discussion about whether the word was offensive or not and how shocked and appalled we all were to hear President Obama use it.
As someone pointed out, poignantly, President Obama is not the first president to use the N word. He’s the first to use it publicly, which in and of itself speaks to the steeped and storied history of racism, even in the highest office in America.
When Lemon stood there holding that sign and that flag, looking ridiculous, it was clear that all of it was to get people talking. And that’s exactly what it did. Check out the ways in which people dragged both Lemon and CNN for their poor decision.
It’s clear that CNN has become more interested in the controversy Don Lemon garners than in his integrity as a news man.
— Amanda Seales (@amandaseales) June 23, 2015
Many like to regard Janice Dickinson and her claims against Bill Cosby to be exaggerated or improbable or unlikely because she’s been so open about her past with drugs and sexual encounters with various celebrities. People have called her an attention-seeker, whore or flat out liar.
That’s rape culture for you. The burden rests with the alleged victim and not the victimizer. We like our rape victims to be perfect. So Janice coming forward, even after she already did so nearly a decade earlier in her 2002 biography, before all the others, seems suspicious to many because she presumably likes attention.
Whatever your thoughts on Janice, her recent interview with CNN’s Fredericka Whitfield is interesting.
If you don’t believe Janice, I don’t post this with the intent to change your mind but it is interesting and even educational about the ways in which women can be affected by rape and sexual assault, why they hesitate to speak out and even how the assault can still affect someone decades after it’s happened.
What has kept you from telling this story?
I remember being humiliated, disgusted. I had revulsion toward Cosby. Cosby was a very powerful man and still is. I stuffed it, I compartmentalized it because I was embarrassed.
Mr. Gardner, Stu Gardner left the dinner table. I was alone with him. And I had menstrual cramps. And he said, ‘Oh, I’ve got something for that.’ And he gave me a pill.
Did you ask what it was? Why did you trust him?
Because of his demeanor and the promise of a career. I trusted him. I wanted a television career. I had had a successful career for commercials and I wanted to take it to the next level.
When I started to black out, I had a polaroid camera on me and that’s when I started to take photographs. Last thing I remember I had blacked out and Cosby mounting me, like the monster that he was. I just remember passing out. But I remember more specifically waking up and that he…there was a lot of pain in… downstairs. There was semen all over me and my pajama bottoms were off and the top was opened. And at that point–fight or flight– I just packed up and got the hell out of there.
What she needs to hear from Bill Cosby right now.
I would like Cosby to come out and at least acknowledge that he is a monster, that he is a pig and he raped me.
And then she thanks Fredericka and CNN before breaking down.
“I’m sorry. I don’t know how to process this. I don’t know how to process these emotions. I don’t. I don’t. I’m going to meditate. I’m going to go to church. I do not know. This has affected me in my house. It’s affected me. And it’s probably affecting these women.”
You can watch the full interview in the video below.
CNN has had better Mondays. CNN has been named in a $5 million wrongful termination and discrimination lawsuit by a longtime employee who was let go in January. The same day parent Turner Broadcasting said the cable news net will lose nearly 10 percent of its workforce.
Stanley Wilson was a field producer and writer of news and documentaries. He covered a range of important stories from 9/11 to Hurricane Katrina. He also contributed to programs like Black In America and Homicide In Hollenbeck.
But in his lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Wilson claims that Peter Janos, who had been his immediate or general supervisor for his entire 17 years at CNN, “never liked Plaintiff and never wanted him at the [Los Angeles] bureau because of Plaintiff’s protected characteristics, including his race, color and ancestry, among other things.”
And even though he had been with the network for nearly two decade, Wilson was promoted just once in 2003, despite applying for a dozen available positions. According to the suit, “In 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, Plaintiff verbally complained to the CNN Senior Vice-President of Human Resources (HR) that African-American men outside of Atlanta, D.C., and New York were not being promoted. Plaintiff complained that Janos was an important actor in the wholesale discrimination against African-American men in the hiring and promotion of staff producers and television photographers in Los Angeles. Plaintiff also complained of concerns that his age and compensation package were increasingly being viewed as a liability.”
The suit also claims that when Wilson’s wife was undergoing fertility treatments, Janos considered him “high risk, requiring extensive medical care,” reports Deadline.
When Wilson’s wife gave birth to twins in September 2013, Wilson took a five-week paternity leave. Soon before his leave began, Wilson found out that “Janos had promoted a much younger, less-experienced Caucasian individual to the position of producer, replacing a Los Angeles-based senior producer who Janos had promoted,” according to the suit. According to Wilson, the new guy got the plum assignments, while the Wilson said he “was frequently relegated to in-house packaging and fill-in work on the Assignment Desk.”
In early January, Wilson was assigned to cover a story but there was a question of attribution regarding three sentences, says the lawsuit. The story was pulled, which offered ” the pretext Janos needed to terminate Plaintiff’s employment.” Wilson was placed on leave on January 9th and told that “CNN was conducting an audit of the entirety of Plaintiff’s work.” He was fully terminated January 28.
Janos was named as a defendant in the suit along with Turner Broadcasting and Turner Services. Janos was upped to VP and Bureau Chief in 2013.
CNN reports that a man, who wishes to remain anonymous, recently came forward with an audio recording that allegedly contains the moment that Mike Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9.
The man who inadvertently recorded the gunshots says he was video chatting with a friend and happened to be recording the conversation at the same time Brown was killed.
Forensic audio expert, Paul Ginsberg, analyzed the recording and said he detected at least 10 gun shots– a fact that has been supported by several witnesses–a cluster of six followed by four.
Ginsberg said, “I was very concerned about that pause…because it’s not just the number of gunshots, it’s how they’re fired. And that has a huge relevance on how this case might finally end up.”
CNN can’t independently confirm that the gunshots are associated with Michael Brown’s death, so the FBI is investigating.
The man who recorded the audio has procured attorney Lola Blumenthal.
Blumenthal learned of the man’s audio recording late last week from a mutual friend and said she had to get his consent to release it before she could reach out to the FBI.
The pause in the shooting could represent a variety of things.
Attorney Chris Chestnut, who represented the family of Jonathan Ferrell, another unarmed man who was killed by a White police officer, said the pause surprised him.
“It’s the pause that gives most concern in a police shooting, especially with an unarmed victim, because at this point Mr. Brown is defenseless–he has no weapon.”
Others, like attorney and co-host of CNN’s “Crossfire” Van Jones argued that the officer could argue that Brown kept advancing after the first six shots and so he fired again.”
Either way, if this audio is actually linked to the Michael Brown killing, I hope it provides some clarification as to what actually happened that day.
Meanwhile, why hasn’t officer Wilson been arrested?
You can a listen to the audio below.
Rachel Jeantel sat down with CNN recently to discuss the case that made her a household name. In addition to speaking about her transformation since the end of the trial she also shared why she blames herself partially for the Zimmerman verdict and what words she’d like to say to him [Zimmerman] today.
CNN: Were you blaming yourself when George Zimmerman went free.
RJ: A little bit.
CNN: Did you think you should have said something different, or acted differently.
RJ: Yeah, act different.
CNN: You think the jurors didn’t take you seriously?
RJ: They judged how they talk how they look, how they dress.
CNN: And they were judging you?
CNN also interviewed Rod Vereen, the man who took Jeantel under his wing after the trial and made sure she got the services she needed. Vereen said that Jeantel was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder so they found her counseling. And at the time of the trial she was barely able to read and write above a third grade level and so he enrolled her in tutoring. And as we reported, Jeantel recently graduated high school.
Jeantel told CNN that was one of the good things to come out of the trial, it forced her to complete this goal. “I kept my word to Trayvon that I would do this.”
And then they asked her what she would say to Zimmerman if she had a chance to speak to him.
“You know he did wrong and he got to man up to it. To me, you’re not a man. George Zimmerman’s not a man. That’s still a little boy with a grown body.”
You can watch the complete Rachel Jeantel interview in the video below.
According to CNN, a leading Nigerian military official knows where the over 200 kidnapped Nigerian girls are located. But he says the nation’s military will not use force or negotiation to retrieve them.
Nigeria’s chief of defense, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh, told a Nigerian News Agency, “We want our girls back. I can tell you that our military can and will do it, but where they are held, can we go there with force? Nobody should say Nigerian military does not know what it is doing; we can’t kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back.”
He continued with more hopeful news. “The good news for the parents of the girls is that we know where they are, but we cannot tell you. We cannot come and tell you the military secret, just leave us alone, we are working to get the girls back.”
U.S. Pentagon officials were not able to confirm the report.
Of the estimated 276 girls who were abducted on April 14, dozens escaped but still more than 200 girls are being held captive by the Islamic militant terrorist organization Boko Haram.
Nigerians and others have accused the country of not acting swiftly or efficiently enough to return the girls to their families.
If this report is true, it sounds like hopeful news. An while we don’t expect to be privy to military secrets, I certainly hope the government has a plan to retrieve them now that they claim to know where they are being held. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on the story in the coming weeks.
It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to stand behind something Don Lemon has said. We’ve had our fair share of headlines of him talking crazy. But today, we must admit that we’re giving Lemon kudos.
Today, on a CNN panel, guests Will Cain, Mel Robbins, Don Lemon and host Ashleigh Banefield were speaking about Monica Lewinsky when he got to the topic of cheap outrage. And cheap outrage led to cheap activism. He didn’t mention any names but he spoke about how he was unimpressed with the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag, celebrities are latching on to. He said that it really doesn’t do anything to help the cause of actually rescuing the nearly 300 girls who were kidnapped in Nigeria.
He didn’t name drop but it’s interesting that this comment comes from Cain on the day Michelle Obama, holding a picture of #BringBackOurGirls hashtag was featured on several news outlets, including the front page of one paper.
But Don wasn’t going to let him get away with this one. He checked the hell out of Will Cain, and in my opinion, rightly so. Either way, read a transcript of the exchange below and then check out the video because it’s ten times better.
Will: “We do cheap hashtag activism when it comes to the girls with Boko Haram…I’m telling you that putting a tweet up with a hashtag on Twitter, you haven’t done your duty.”
Don: “That’s disgusting to say that about over 200 girls. What do you expect the First Lady to do?”
Will: “I wasn’t necessarily targeting the First Lady exclusively.”
Don: “Who are you targeting because it’s the First Lady’s picture on the front page of the paper.”
Mel: Let me try to save you Will. I think what you’re saying is the dialogue is cheap about a lot of things, particularly when it’s driven by the media. But what we need to understand about the situation with the girls is that there was tremendous confusion for the first two and a half weeks about whether or not the story was even real. And given the fact that they were stolen from an area with no cell phone reception with no technology. The families used social media and that hashtag, which you just called cheap, to get the world to pay attention.
Don: What do you expect the US government to do when they were not invited in initially?
Will: Make it’s policy outside of Twitter.
Don: What have you done? What did you do for those girls? If you’re so outraged by it. Besides sit here on television and criticize every people’s efforts, if you’re so concerned about it, what have you done?
Will: I’m pointing out something that’s important Don. The society has greater obligations…
Don: If you’re going to point it out, then do something to help.
Ashleigh: You guys are actually on the same side.
Don: No, I just think what he said was a dog whistle to say ‘Ooo I’m putting..’ You’re talking about the First Lady. Don’t get on television…”
Mel: He is not! You’re the one who raised the First Lady.
Will: “I think I need an interpreter so I can know my own words next time I’m on,” Cain said.
Don: “I’m not stupid,” Lemon replied. “I’ve been on television with you before and I know your game.”
Ashleigh: “We are a family, and a family we will remain. It’s like “Duck Dynasty.”
Don: “I’m not a part of that family. Don’t include me in that over there, I’m sorry . . . That’s a family I’m not interested in.”
Alright then Don! Let ’em know. What do you think about this exchange? Is Don Lemon starting to show a little ack right?
CNN is taking digital to the next level with the launch of CNN Digital Studios. And first out the box will be a video news bits show made possible through a partnership with Twitter called “Your 15 Second Morning.” Not only might it generate more CNN viewers but it will also allow the company to tap into the massive digital advertising revenue. It also sets CNN up to compete with mobile-first news startups like NowThis News and Circa.
“Beyond that show, which executives hope will become a daily habit among younger news consumers, CNN has lined up some top talent for a slew of original franchise series of the news/entertainment variety,” reports The Wall Street Journal.
Among the shows: “Related with Dave Franco,” which will focus on celebrity siblings (Franco is brother of actor James Franco); interview series “Brutally Honest with Kelly Wallace”; the health-themed “Live to 100 with Sanjay Gupta”; and “Crossfire Reloaded,” an extension of the network’s recently revived debate show.
Another possible CNN web series may feature an ex-NFL player looking at productivity in people’s lives. And another is rumored to star a hot young urban chef who is a protege of Anthony Bourdain. (Bourdain has a show that airs on CNN.)
The HLN, a CNN Worldwide network, deal with Twitter is a strategic alliance. The two entities will collaborate on several projects, including a program to visualize Twitter data live on air. They are already working on a Tweet DVR. It is a save-for-later feature will capture live Tweets from television premieres and play them alongside digital video and TV replays of the same program.
Then’s there’s #TweetTheVote in which people will be polled about elections and it will include special analysis of ‘outside the beltway’ tweets, and a Twitter powered get-out-the-vote effort on TV.
“Twitter is at the center of the social circle of what’s trending, topical and talked about,” said @AlbieHechtHLN in a press statement. “As HLN becomes the TV hub of social media newsgathering, collaborating with Twitter will provide us the tools to further be a part of, and report on, the conversation.” Albie Hecht is executive vice president and general manager of HLN.
HLN recently announced a roster of new shows, including “The Daily Share,” a one-hour news and information show which will be a digest of what people are watching, searching, playing, sharing, shopping and creating in their social media lives; “2 Spouses, 3 Houses,” featuring YouTube star Jessica Edwards looking at a couples’ social media ‘likes, hearts and pins’; and “The Social Life,” with Twitter star, travel junkie, sports fan and foodie, Ali Nejad taking on missions—from building homes for the homeless to joining a pro soccer team for a day; among other offerings.
Will you follow CNN and HLN on Twitter?
CNN is experimenting with a new weekly night show hosted by Don Lemon.
The Wrap reported Wednesday that “The Don Lemon Show” will air “tentatively” at 10 PM on Monday nights for approximately five weeks. It’s the latest experiment by CNN as chief Jeff Zucker attempts to shakeup the lineup and rebuild the network.
Lemon, who currently anchors CNN’s “Newsroom” during weekend primetime, will replace Anderson Cooper’s “AC 360 Later,” which was axed in early February. Zuckerhas been experimenting with several new programs during the 10 PM hour such as a panel show including Donny Deutsch and re-airing host Jake Tapper’s “The Lead”– both of which did not last.
Read more about Don Lemon at BlackVoices.com
Print and television media is good at talking about individual acts of racism like racial slurs and personal injustices, but on average, both forms of media have failed to include perspective and insight on broader discussions of racism, this according to new research.
The report, entitled “Moving the Race Conversation Forward,” was put together by Race Forward, a racial justice research and media organization, which also produces the news site, ColorLines. According to the introduction of the report, researchers analyzed 1,200 articles from national and local newspapers from across the country, as well as transcripts from the three major cable television news station from the period of January through August 2013 to find out how race is discussed in the media. The results shows that while national newspapers “demonstrated higher rates of systemically aware content (as defined by Race Forward as institutionalized and structural racism)” than other media sources, all 14 media outlets surveyed did a dismal job in framing a productive discussion, which took into account the pervasive nature of racism. In fact, the report states that only one third (32.7%) of the race/racism content from any media outlet made mention of systemic racism, and that most of the racism-focused reporting was based upon individual-level racism.
You can download and read the report for yourself or you can watch this five minute video, produced by Jay Smooth. But because I’m generous, I’ve read the report and have taken the liberty to highlight some of the report’s other interesting findings for you:
The New York Times, which had 246 articles related to racism (38.6 percent of which mentioned systematic racism), had a slightly higher than average percentage of systemically aware articles, including nine out of 10 stop-and-frisk stories. So did The Washington Post, which featured 243 articles on racism, almost 43 percent of which had systemically aware content, including more than two-thirds of the paper’s George Zimmerman coverage.
Local newspapers, which scored high on systematic awareness include: the Los Angeles Times, which averaged more than 10 articles on racism per month; the Tampa Bay Times, with one-quarter of its content on racism being focused on politics; and the Philadelphia Inquirer, with almost one-third of its content on the topic focused on sports, in particular, Phildelphia Eagles player Riley Cooper’s use of the n-word. With that said, none of the local papers surveyed managed to score above 35 percent in the systemic awareness category.
Out of the top three major cable news stations, it’s not surprising that MSNBC managed to score the highest in its systemically aware content. What is surprising, however, is that the “Lean Forward” station had the lowest number of race/racism-focused content (26 reports produced during the survey period) out of all 14 media outlets surveyed. CNN came in a distant second, scoring high on racism-focused content, however, the majority of which only focused on individual incidents like Paula Deen’s n-word revelation and George Zimmerman stories. Of course, the least systemically aware cable news station was Fox News, with almost one in three segments being dismissals of racism.
Of the categories, which featured the most systemically aware content on racism, economics scored the highest followed closely by criminal justice, education and politics. The least aware categories included entertainment, arts and culture, and ironically, race relations and identity.
The mainstream media really sucks when it comes to focusing on race-related topics concerning Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI). Of the 1,187 instances of news and television media coverage on race that were reviewed, only 2.36 percent covered AANHPI stories.
The report also says mainstream media discussions of race and racism rarely feature coverage of racial justice advocacy or even solutions. According to the report, articles and Op-eds, which feature protest, organizing, policies and reforms addressing systematic racism never constitute more than 3.3 % of any individual news outlet’s coverage of race and racism. The highest incidences were found in the Washington Post (8 out of 244) and the Tampa Bay Times (2 out of 61).
Likewise, the failure on the part of the media to engage fruitfully in discussions of systematic racism helps to encourage what the report calls the Seven Harmful Racial Discourse Practices, including my favorites: reinforcing the misconception that racism is simply a personal problem (individualized racism); making false equivalence through incomparable acts; diverting from race-talk altogether (especially in favor of other so-called universal injustices); and silencing through coded language (because as Richard Sherman has shown us, a “thug” is often used as an “acceptable way” to call someone, usually black, something a bit more colorful).
The report also offers recommendations for ways that news media outlets could report better on racism (that’s if they are interested), including the following: expanding understanding of racism beyond personal prejudices; focusing on impact rather than attitudes; using a racial lens even in conversations about other injustices (including class, gender and sexuality); and cultivating discourse led by people of color. However, even if you are not part of the production side of the media, as consumers of its content, it is important that we too look through these reports on racism with the same systemically-aware eye.