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CNN’s Don Lemon reports National Guard used ‘n-word’ as true story: ‘My producer doesn’t lie’

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CNN anchor Don Lemon reported Tuesday that a member of the National Guard on the ground in Ferguson, Mo., used the “n-word.”

Lemon insisted on national television that this was a “true story.”

Pinky promise.

How can he be so sure? Because one of his producers told him.

“And my producer doesn’t lie,” he said emphatically.

After spending several days in Ferguson, Mo., Lemon was back in the studio Tuesday hosting a town hall called “Black and White in America,” and a panel was discussing putting cameras on officers when he made the allegation.

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“I’m just going to be honest with you,” Lemon said. “Last night, one of my producers said that they — I won’t say if it’s a he or she, because I don’t want to give anyone away — said they came in contact with one of the members of the National Guard and that they said, ‘You want to get out of here because you’re white, because these n-words, you never know what they’re going to do.’”

Meeting CNN’s apparent low threshold for vetting the truth, Lemon declared what amounts to hearsay, to be true.

“True story,” he said. “I kid you not — 2014, a member of the National Guard. And my producer doesn’t lie. It is a true story.”

Upon arriving in Ferguson last week, race hustler Al Sharpton announced that “America is on trial,” but with the familiar rush to judgment by many in the media echoing what was seen following the death of Trayvon Martin, it may be liberal journalism that’s in greater need of a day in court.

Tom Tillison


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