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Tucker Carlson leveled a blistering indictment of Don Lemon by using the CNN host’s own words to show his hypocrisy.
The Fox News host used a flashback of a 2013 CNN clip to show how far Lemon has strayed from that original advice he gave to the black community, predicting that if the same thing was said on the air today, Lemon would be fired.
(Source: Fox News)
Commenting during “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on the rise in the number of crimes being reported in the nation’s largest cities in the last weeks, Carlson quipped that the sobering facts are “not a concern over at CNN.”
“Don Lemon doesn’t care,” he said Wednesday. “He is a highly paid news anchor. For him, the shootings and murders are the stuff he covers on television, not something that affects his life. In fact, the whole thing is kind of hilarious.”
Carlson played a video clip of Lemon laughing with colleague and CNN host Chris Cuomo about defunding police departments and that “Democratic cities are in chaos right now.” In another clip, Lemon was seen arguing with actor Terry Crews that the Black Lives Matter movement is only “about police brutality and injustice in that manner, not about what’s happening in black neighborhoods.”
But the CNN host didn’t always think this way, Carlson contended, as he highlighted the 2013 clip of Lemon.
“If you’re running a channel like CNN, you want dumb people on TV because they are compliant, they’ll say what they are told,” Carlson said.
“They’ll tell the audience with the moment demands. They will never stray from the script and that’s exactly what Mr. Lemon is doing. But just seven years ago it was a different country and people were kind of allowed to say what they thought was true,” he continued. “At the time, here’s what Don Lemon was saying about black communities.”
The video clip showed the CNN host saying that “more than 72 percent of children in the African-American community are born out of wedlock.”
“That means absent fathers, and the studies show that lack of a male role model is an express train right to prison. And the cycle continues,” Lemon continued.
“So please, black folks, as I said, if this doesn’t apply to you, I’m not talking to you. Pay attention to and think about what has been presented in recent history as acceptable behavior. Pay close attention to the hip-hop and rap culture that many of you embrace, a culture that glorifies everything I just mentioned. Thug and reprehensible behavior. A culture that is making a lot of people rich, just not you, and it’s not going to,” Lemon said in the clip.
“Wow,” a shocked Carlson exclaimed.
“Can you imagine what would happen if Don Lemon or his bodybuilding buddy over there or any of these hairhats said something like that on CNN tonight or MSNBC?” the Fox News host wondered. “That would be their last live broadcast ever. They would be fired immediately.”
“You can’t express views like that, and so they don’t,” Carlson concluded. “It tells you a lot.”
Other video clips of Lemon’s obviously different views began to surface on social media.
The fact that he acknowledges he might get in trouble for his views says a lot. The train had already left the station.
— Marc Williams (@skywell5) July 9, 2020
More complete versions of the 2013 CNN clip than what Carlson aired also showed up on Twitter where Lemon’s “tough love” for the black community seems amazing in today’s context.
This is a real video from 2013.
It is only edited for time (to fit Twitter’s 2:20 limit), but the context is unchanged.
The full video is in the link below.
— The Panda Tribune (@PandaTribune) July 8, 2020
“Because black people, if you really want to fix the problem, here’s just five things that you should think about doing,” Lemon had said at the time, going on to list recommended actions such as “Pull up your pants,” and “Respect where you live,” as well as advice to finish school and not have a baby out of wedlock.
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