CNN anchor Don Lemon turned on his pal Jussie Smollett on Thursday hours after a courtroom discovered Smollett responsible on 5 counts of disorderly conduct for staging a hate crime.
“[Smollett] had to make up too many lies as to why he didn’t want to do certain things,” Lemon stated.
“To cowl. Like one other lie – and I suppose he acquired caught up in that as a result of he took the stand himself.
“He got angry with the prosecutor as the prosecutor poked holes in his story – -calling the only other witnesses liars.’”
Lemon’s critique of Smollett is correct: Smollett is a liar. Yet, Lemon once more noticeably failed to disclose his position in helping Smollett within the case.
Earlier this week, Smollett testified that Lemon had tipped him off in 2019 that the police didn’t imagine his made-up hoax.
Lemon “meddled with [the] police investigation,” the Daily Mail concluded.
In addition, we discovered that Lemon texted Smollett “every day” in 2019 to test on his well-being as a result of the case was “personal” to Lemon.
Lemon’s position in Smollett’s case comes at an inopportune time for CNN. The community simply fired one other primetime host, Chris Cuomo, for journalistic malpractice final week.
Still, I wouldn’t anticipate CNN or Lemon to deal with this elephant within the room. CNN solely responded to Chris Cuomo as a result of its allies within the press made it a narrative. From the Washington Post to the New York Times, media pundits throughout the business demanded CNN react to Cuomo helping his brother.
Meanwhile, the outrage towards Lemon for tipping off Smollett is comparably delicate. Why is that? Is Lemon so sacred that nobody dares to disrupt him? Because for an outlet already going through questions, even internally, about its reputability, Lemon enormously furthered the doubt this week.