Don Lemon Calls for Trump’s Live Coronavirus Briefings to Be Axed from CNN
Anti Trump host lashes out at President during segment
Leftist CNN anchor Don Lemon suggests the network should discontinue airing President Donald Trump's daily coronavirus briefings because they've become his "new rallies."
During his nightly stand off with Chris Cuomo, Lemon said:
"I have said I don't think that you should really listen to what he says, you should listen to what the experts say."
"I'm not actually sure, if you want to be honest, that we should carry that live," Lemon said.
"I think we should run snippets. I think we should do it afterward and get the pertinent points to the American people because he's never, ever going to tell you the truth."
"And guess what he's gonna do. If you ask a question that is a legitimate question- and if he doesn't like the question, he's gonna say whether you're being mean or not or whatever he wants to call it, he's gonna say, 'That is a mean, nasty question,'" he added.
"Why? Because he wants his base to think that the media is being mean to him, and they're attacking him. It is all a plot! It is all orchestrated," Lemon stated.
"And if you can't see it, I don't know what you're looking at. It's obvious; it's transparent to me. This has become- those press briefings have become his new 'Apprentice," Lemon argued.
"They've become his new rallies. And he treats the press and the media as if he's talking to the people at his rallies," he added.
"It's the same thing. It's no different except the audience isn't there."
Cuomo then pushed back, explaining he understood Lemon's 'frustration, but the live briefings were necessary because there are "too many dead people" and "too much of a need for information."
But Lemon didn't agree, adding he was not "frustrated" but just "pointing out the obvious."
"Pointing out the obvious, especially as a journalist, is not being political. If we don't do that, then we are not doing our duty as journalists to point that out," Lemon said.
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"That's our job to point that out. That's exactly what he's doing," Lemon continued.
Lemon then mocked Trump by impersonating him while telling Cuomo to ask a "real question" and responded what he later called a "stock answer."
"What does the American people get out of that? Not much," Lemon exclaimed.
"Run it afterwards, put it context. That's all I'm saying."
"I don't like wasting people's time, and I don't like people being bamboozled. That's it. And I know I'm going to be criticized for it but so be it... Listen, whether he gets reelected, that's not on me."
"People can vote for whoever they want as their president, but as a journalist, I want to make sure that they're getting the right information, their time is not being wasted, and that the administration is not using our airwaves to have the president promote things that aren't necessarily true. That's it."
Earlier his month, the White House blasted CNN and MSNBC for cutting away from the Trump administration's daily coronavirus task force briefing, describing the actions of the news outlets as "disgraceful."
White House spokesman Judd Deere tweeted:
"Pretty disgraceful that @CNN and @MSNBC have both cut away from this @WhiteHouse briefing with @realDonaldTrump and @Mike_Pence during a global pandemic. Thank you to @FoxNews for keeping Americans informed. #COVID19."
A CNN spokesperson responded to Deere's tweet saying:
"If the White House wants to ask for time on the network, they should make an official request. Otherwise, we will make our own editorial decisions."