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CNN anchor Don Lemon, who is known for ruffling quite a few feathers says he wants to transition from the traditional news format to a talk show of his own where he can drop “F” bombs at his liking. Shocking, much?
In a video interview with TVNewser on Saturday (Dec. 26), the TV journalist shared his plans for the future. “I think at some point, I will probably get out of traditional news and become either someone like a Bill Maher, with a show that has a point of view … (though) I don’t necessarily mean liberal. “Like a Jon Stewart or Trevor Noah,” he continued. “But not so focused on the comedic part of it.”
Lemon, who has also held guest posts on the Wendy Williams Show, also shared that he enjoyed and is most inspired by the outspoken panel setup that Chelsea Handler had on her E! show. “Where I could actually drop the F bomb, or where I could actually give my opinion without everyone screaming, ‘you can’t do that as a journalist!'”
As someone that has recently taken an interest in the “Black anchor who seems to piss everyone off more or less,” I actually think that his interest in a more open formatted show is ideal. Lemon is a correspondent that loves to take on controversial topics and voice his outspoken opinion. In this instance, a buttoned-up aesthetic that CNN usually offers, may not be his true beat or audience. Whether you love or hate Lemon, he too deserves to voice his opinion. So, if I happen to see Lemon with his own show soon, kudos!
As always, we’re interested in what you have to say. Share your thoughts in the comment box below.
Earlier this week we reported that CNN made a serious journalistic and moral error when they chose to identify the late Freddie Gray as “the son of an illiterate heroin addict.”
Not only was it completely unnecessary, it sought to demonize a deceased man and his surviving family.
After being scolded on Twitter, the outlet removed the reference with no explanation or apology.
Recently though, a source told The Wrap that CNN president Jeff Zucker said the choice to use those identifiers was a “mistake.”
According to a transcript, provided by a CNN staffer, from a town hall meeting, Zucker said,
“This was a mistake. The digital team removed it last night and inserted an editors note to be completely transparent. The editorial intent as the digital team has laid it out to me was to make clear he had a difficult upbringing. But clearly it did not come across that way when it was written and published. We recognize that. It did not work and we removed it. And were transparent about that. That it was a mistake.”
When the story was first being reported, outlets claimed that Zucker apologized for the remark, which would have been appropriate. But apparently not only did he not feel an apology was necessary, a CNN spokesperson refuted the claim that Zucker did so.
“He never used the word ‘apology,’ nor any work that evokes apology.”
Well, tell us how you really feel CNN.
I find it very interesting that in a story about the first officer standing trial for Gray’s death CNN chose to talk about his upbringing, his mother specifically. I’d venture that the officers didn’t know his upbringing when they arrested him without cause. They didn’t know his mother’s drug use when they refused to secure his handcuffed body with a seatbelt. And they were likely unaware of the fact that Gray’s mother couldn’t read when they denied him medical attention. And even if they did know all of these things, it still wouldn’t have excused or supported the actions, or lack of action, that resulted in his death.
Now that Freddie Gray’s gone, mentioning his upbringing just seems like a way to call his character into question, as if he were the one standing trial for his own murder, As if his mother’s misfortune and mistakes somehow rationalize the inhumane treatment he received at the hands of the police. What do Gray’s mother’s actions have to do with him?
If anything, an expose into the officers, their childhoods and what in their upbringings might have led them to make such fatal mistakes would have been more appropriate.
Though they clearly don’t think one is necessary, CNN should be apologizing for a number of things, like straying from the subject of the story, calling the character of a dead man and his family into question and being so grossly insensitive to not only the memory of Freddie Gray but to those of his surviving relatives as well.
On Thursday (Aug. 13), an 11-year-old girl from Asunción, Paraguay gave birth to a baby girl after allegedly being raped by her stepfather.
Paraguay, a mostly Catholic country, has one of the strictest abortion laws in the world: banning abortions unless the pregnancy endangers the mother’s life. Just last year alone, 684 girls between the ages of 10 and 14 gave birth. Most minors have been victims of sexual abuse, according to government figures.
In April, her mother took her to the hospital after she complained of abdominal pain. The girl’s stepfather, Gilberto Benitez Zárate, 42, was arrested and charged with rape and abuse of a child. He has denied the charges brought against him and demanded a DNA test to prove his innocence. In May, the mother was also arrested and charged with child neglect and complicity. Although she was released on bond in June, she still faces charges. She told CNN that she reached out to authorities for help back in November 2013: “I was the one who reported all of this, asking for justice to be done and hoping that something would be done, but prosecutors dismissed the case. Otherwise, this would have never gotten to this point.”
However, Paraguayan Health Minister Antonio Barrios told CNN that neighbors were the ones who had actually reported the abuse, while the mother denied accusations against her husband.
While the mother wanted her daughter to have an abortion, Paraguayan authorities refused. According to Health minister Antonio Barrios, even in this situation, an abortion would be a violation of Paraguayan law. “We’re totally against interrupting the pregnancy,” Barrios said in May. “The girl is getting assistance permanently in a shelter and the pregnancy is progressing normally without a problem.”
Human rights groups, like Amnesty International, have supported the mother’s side. On Thursday, (Aug. 13) Erika Guevara, Amnesty’s Americas director, said that the fact that the girl did not die “does not excuse the human rights violations she suffered at the hands of the Paraguayan authorities, who decided to gamble with her health, life and integrity despite overwhelming evidence that this pregnancy was extremely risky and despite the fact that she was a rape victim and a child.”
Paraguayan government gave no comment regarding Thursday’s birth at Asunción Red Cross Director Mario Villalba. The hospital reports that the baby and mother “are in good health condition” and are being closely monitored.
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?