Social media has had enough of CNN anchor Don Lemon’s pompous, entitled attitude. They want him removed from CNN’s anchor desk after he defended the white South Carolina high school resource officer who assaulted a black female student.
The Change.org petition was created on Thursday after Lemon criticized legal analyst Sunny Hostin, a former prosecutor who took up for the unidentified student.
“This only shows a small slice in time of what happened. I’d like to know more before passing judgment,” [said Lemon in response to CNN Anchor Wolf Blitzer.]
Finally, CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin cut in. “Are you guys kidding me?” she asked.
“No, we’re not kidding,” Lemon answered. “We don’t know what happened. You weren’t sitting in the room, Sunny. You don’t know if she wasn’t standing up!” Source
The officer, Ben Fields, was fired from the sheriff’s department after a viral video captured him cruelly flipping the girl’s chair and throwing her bodily against a wall for refusing to stop texting in class. The girl was reportedly uninjured. Fields was also fired from his position as coach of the boys football team at Spring Valley High School.
So far, 30,346 people have signed the petition calling for Lemon’s removal.
“I’m disappointed that someone I used to look up to now is someone that I have trouble respecting as a journalist,” petition creator Jamell Henderson wrote. “Please join me in calling on CNN to remove Mr. Lemon from his role at the network.”
Unfortunately, Lemon is one of the untouchables — a black, gay conservative in 3 protected minority classes. His dismissal would prompt a lawsuit that would cripple CNN financially.
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