Don Lemon, a CNN beat reporter, has once clearly inserted his foot into his mouth. This time, Lemon accomplished to stir social media outrage with a single, ill-placed adverb. This, along with Lemon trying to cough his way through a report while wearing a gas mask, coupled with his well-known poor journalism skills, was just too much for viewers to handle when he rolled out a stereotyping jab at marijuana smokers.
Writes HuffPost on Nov. 25: “Don Lemon really needs to start to think before he speaks on live television. The CNN anchor was describing the scene from outside the Ferguson police station Monday night, just moments after the announcement that police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Speaking with Anderson Cooper, Lemon reported hearing the sounds of gunfire and seeing protesters jumping on cars.”
But that’s not all Lemon conveyed to the viewing audience. With a backdrop of hooligans jumping on vehicles, Lemon said: “Obviously, there is the smell of marijuana in the air.” The conspicuous placing of the word “obviously” has rankled many, who wondered why CNN would send a ding-a-ling to cover such a significant story.
Adds the NY Daily News: “As Ferguson erupted into anger, bullets and flames Monday night, Lemon ham-handedly drew tear gas into his own gas mask, whined for water and a device to contact his producers, and then made a culturally insensitive comment about protesters smoking pot.”
Perhaps this was just as bad as Lemon’s most recent discreditable moment in his dull-witted reporting skills. In a very awkward video interview with one of Bill Cosby’s rape accusers, Joan Tarshis, Lemon explains to her that “there are ways not to perform oral sex,” clarifying that he is referring to “using the teeth as a weapon, biting.” In other words, Lemon wants to know why Joan, back in 1969, didn’t chomp down on Cosby’s black manhood. Outstanding journalism.
Or there’s this gem: Lemon was discussing missing Malaysia Flight 370 and decided to ask a panel of six aviation experts about the “preposterous” possibility that the aircraft was sucked into a black hole, among other conspiracy theories. So outlandish in fact that yes, let’s give some air time and hash out these theories. In response, one of the panelists pointed out that even a “small black hole would suck in our entire universe, so we know it’s not that.”
Sound off below. Don Lemon and his latest act of viral buffoonery.