Before I discuss why CNN host Don Lemon has to be fired, and he does, I decided to check to see how many times Ethics Alarms had endorsed, recommended or demanded that a particularly unethical employee be fired. There are more than I thought. It’s a fascinating group, though:
- 18 journalists, almost half
- 9 political appointees
- 7 educators: teachers, professors, and administrators
- 3 performers/ celebrities
- 2 prosecutors
- and a mix of others.
Reviewing them, I don’t think any deserved to be fired any more than Don Lemon does after his statements this week.
Here’s the list:
Mike Wise, a Washington Post sportswriter.
ESPN reporter Erin Andrews
CNN’s Carol Costello
Dr. Deandre Poole, Florida Atlantic University professor
Teacher Brandi Hutto
Transgender flip-flopping reporter Don/Dawn Ellis
Helpful court clerk Sharon Ellis
Waitress Dayna Morales
Obama AG Eric Holder
Plagiarizing high school principal Stephen Strachan
Discovery Channel president Paul Lewis,
Yelp employee Talia Jane
Veteran’s Affairs head Robert McDonald
MSNBC host Alec Baldwin
MSNBC host Martin Bashir
MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry
New York Times ombudsman Margaret Sullivan
Donald Trump (!)
Karl Price, assistant Jefferson County (Kentucky) district attorney
Hero CVS clerk Joe Morici
Baltimore City Attorney Marilyn Moseby
Coleen Campbell, Philadephia TV news reporter
Trinity College Professor Johnny Eric Williams
Washington Post writer Fredrick Kunkle
College administrator Catherine Gregory
MSNBC’s Joy Reid
Red Sox minor leaguer Michael Chavis
California State University professor Randa Jarrar
High school principal Lisa Mars
That’s 46. I’m sure some names are missing; I also didn’t include all of the many male executives and others who were fired for sexual assault and harassment—Harvey Weinstein, Roger Ailes, Matt Lauer, Louis C.K., Keven Spacey, Les Moonves, Garrison Keiilor, et al.—since those egregious cases required no endorsement or even much analysis.
I’ll add Lemon to the list in Part II, coming up soon. I already suggested to CNN that he should be at least suspended for being drunk on the air; he wasn’t, and now, probably correctly, he regards himself as untouchable, especially since he’s black, gay and CNN no longer has standards.