A professional black leadership group called out the controversial comments by Don Lemon in a statement to CNN’s president.
“Within a space of five seconds, CNN’s Don Lemon went from saying we shouldn’t demonize people to broadly labeling white men as our nation’s ‘biggest terror threat.’ That’s not responsible journalism,” Project 21 co-chairs Stacy Washington, Horace Cooper, and Bishop Council Nedd II wrote in their statement to the network president.
“This cannot stand,” they continued, calling on CNN President Jeff Zucker to “put his own house in order” instead of just blasting President Donald Trump for his words.
“CNN President Jeff Zucker recently called out the White House for its criticism of the media, saying President Trump doesn’t comprehend the importance of the words he uses” the co-chairs wrote. “It’s time for Zucker to put his own house in order – starting with explaining how Don Lemon’s outrageous statement can stand in light of Zucker’s call for civility.”
“CNN’s Don Lemon went from saying we shouldn’t demonize people to broadly labeling white men as our nation’s ‘biggest terror threat.’ That’s not responsible journalism.”
– P21 leaders @StacyOnTheRight, @BishopNedd & Horace Cooper#DonLemonIsRacist @CNN https://t.co/WRFP52Uv7H
— Project 21 (@Project21News) November 1, 2018
The 25-year-old leadership network is sponsored by the “free-market, independent conservative think-tank,” the National Center for Public Policy Research.
“CNN has not yet made an official comment about Lemon’s remarks, but Lemon did attempt to validate his words on his own show by adding that ‘[t]he biggest threats are homegrown,'” the group stated.
Project 21’s Horace Cooper spoke with Dr. Drew on KABC Radio about Lemon’s remarks on Thursday.
Lemon’s controversial comment was made in the same sentence as his call to “stop demonizing people” during CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time.”
“We have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men — most of them radicalized to the right. And we have to start doing something about them,” he told CNN colleague Chris Cuomo, igniting a firestorm of backlash.
Rather than apologize later for creating the outrage, the defiant anchor doubled down on his racist rhetoric, declaring that those angry with his comments were “missing the entire point.”
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