Don Lemon trended in the U.S. on Thursday for saying news journalists must set aside their journalistic standards and treat all Republicans as "dangerous to society".
Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Thursday morning, Lemon urged the news media to hold Republicans to a different standard than Democrats.
Lemon, a Democrat, said journalists should acknowledge all Republicans are dangerous to America.
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"We sit around and we talk about these things and we want to give this false equivalence to Democrats and Republicans. That is not where we are right now. Republicans are doing something that is very dangerous to our society and we have to acknowledge that. We have to acknowledge that as Americans, we must acknowledge that as journalists because if we don't, we are not doing our jobs."
Lemon expressed outrage that Republicans are ignoring CNN's news coverage of the ongoing hearings into former President Trump's role in the January 6, 2021 protests in the nation's Capitol.
"They have a lot to answer for," Lemon told "New Day" hosts John Berman and Brianna Keilar.
"They have to answer for those questions if they come here on CNN," he said. "They must answer for that. If they go on MSNBC, they must answer for that. If they go on ABC, they must answer for that. And they cannot expect to be coddled when they go on to a news organization or if they step in front of a crowd of supporters or voters or Americans."
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