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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.

"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."

Question: Do you believe the news media should favor Democrats over Republicans?

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Award-winning TV and radio host Larry King died on Saturday morning, Jan. 23, at age 87.

His death was confirmed in an announcement posted on his official Twitter account: "With profound sadness, Ora Media announces the death of our co-founder, host, and friend Larry King, who passed away this morning at age 87 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles."

The cause of death was not revealed, but King was recently hospitalized in critical condition after he tested positive for COVID-19.

Born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger in New York City, King began his career as a local Florida journalist and radio interviewer in the 1950s and 1960s.

He gained prominence beginning in 1978 as host of The Larry King Show, an all-night nationwide call-in radio program heard on the Mutual Broadcasting System.

King became a household name when his iconic Larry King Live aired between 1985 and 2010. His guests included politicians, celebrities, sports stars and well-known conspiracy theorists.

King battled numerous health problems over the years, including prostate cancer and type-two diabetes. In 1987, he suffered a heart attack that required quintuple-bypass surgery, and in 2017 he underwent surgery to remove a malignant tumor in his lung.

Last year, two of King's five children – son Andy and daughter Chaia – died within weeks of each other.