It’s unbelievable that Don Lemon is still the face of CNN despite all the controversies he’s been involved in. The journalist has been in the headlines for several controversies in the past months, ranging from making disrespectful comments about women to being caught on hot mic slighting another journalist.
The most recent controversy involves Don Lemon being accused of displaying “diva-like” behavior and making misogynistic comments.
According to a Variety report, Lemon called one of his producers fat to her face and mocked another journalist, Nancy Grace, on air by mimicking her.
These types of behavior should not be tolerated, yet CNN has done nothing to reprimand Lemon. It’s quite concerning that the network has turned a blind eye to Lemon’s misconduct and continues to keep him in the spotlight.
CNN’s apparent willingness to overlook Lemon’s inappropriate behavior was on full display in a recent “CNN This Morning” segment.
During the segment, Lemon appeared to be caught on a hot-mic off-screen criticizing Jon Stewart for having more “leeway” to discuss things as a comedian. It’s outrageous that Lemon had the audacity to make such a comment while on air.
It’s clear that Lemon is not a good role model for the younger generation and he should not be allowed to continue having a platform on CNN.
His behavior is inappropriate and unprofessional and the network should take the necessary steps to ensure that such behavior does not continue.
Unfortunately, it seems that CNN is more interested in protecting Lemon’s reputation than doing what is right. CNN needs to take a stand and show the world that it takes misconduct seriously. It needs to demonstrate that it is not okay to treat people with disrespect and that it will not tolerate such behavior.
In the age of the #MeToo movement, it is necessary that networks like CNN make it a priority to set an example. Don Lemon’s behavior is unacceptable and it’s time for CNN to show the world that it is serious about holding people accountable for their actions.
Erica Carlin is an independent journalist, opinion writer and contributor to several news and opinion sources. She is based in Georgia.