Don Lemon apologizes for his ‘bad example’ about Hope Hicks after major blowback. Heck of an apology ….

Don Lemon may not always stop to verify his reporting, but that doesn’t stop him from passing it off as factual.

The CNN anchor apologized on Thursday night after falsely claiming during a Wednesday segment that Fox News failed to cover the resignation of White House Communications Director Hope Hicks – even though the network was on the story as soon as it broke, the Washington Free Beacon reported.

“I said something last night that was an attempt to make a broader point about Fox News and how they downplay bad news about the administration,” Lemon told a CNN panel Thursday.

He called his critique of Fox News’ Hope Hicks coverage a “bad example,” but stood by his assertion that the rival network will “downplay” stories unfavorable to President Trump.

Don Lemon. (Photo: Screen Capture).

“I think you understood it,” he continued. “Most people understood it. It was saying that — I think it was a bad example about Hope Hicks, but there was a broader context if you watched the entire show about how Fox hadn’t covered — they hadn’t covered it at all, but how they broadly downplay big stories and important news for this White House.”

When one of Lemon’s guests suggested Fox News had downplayed the story, Lemon reiterated his mistake.

“It wasn’t particularly this, but they had covered it, though. That was a bad example and so apologies for that.”

He also issued an apology on Twitter.

“FYI.. Last night, in an attempt to make a broader point about Fox News prime time I misspoke,” Lemon wrote. “I should have been more specific.”

That’s a heck of an apology. Why bother?

On Wednesday, Lemon claimed Trump supporters “don’t even know” about stories like the Hope Hicks resignation because they allegedly aren’t covered on Fox News, which the CNN anchor called “state-run TV.”

“I was sitting in my office and was watching all the news channels, right — Trump TV or state-run TV, they’re not even reporting this,” he said, and then added:

“So, Trump supporters, they don’t even know about these stories. It doesn’t even register, that’s the amazing thing. We cover all of these things every day.

“The White House imploding behind him, and he’s standing there going, ‘nothing to see here.’ His supporters probably don’t even realize the extent of it.”

Former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images).

As the Free Beacon noted, Fox News began reporting on Hope Hicks’ White House departure at 4:40pm–just ten minutes after the New York Times broke the story. They then reported it every hour after that, often devoting entire segments to the news.

Fox News’ John Roberts fired back at Lemon’s claim on Twitter.

A number of viewers also pushed back at Lemon.


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