Unethical Quote Of The Week: CNN’s Don Lemon

That’s a nice, objective, non-partisan chryon, don’t you think?

The rioting has to stop….it’s showing up in the polling. It’s showing up in focus groups. It is the only thing  right now that is sticking.”

CNN’s Don Lemon.

I could spend  the rest of this week filling Ethics Alarms with head-exploding accounts of the mainstream news media’s increasingly unrestrained partisan commentary. From an ethics analyst’s point of view, the current self-unmasking is slightly satisfying; I have been chronicling the unethical deterioration of journalism into near complete  commitment to progressive propaganda for a long time, and marveling at the number of once fair and discerning  people who scoffed that it was the product of my fevered imagination. They can’t do that any more without looking like lunatics (previously they just seemed like corrupted fools) so I’m not hearing that claim, here or elsewhere. They can’t deny that the news media is biased; now they have pivoted to the argument that it is right to be biased. Yes, biased people always think that; that was the argument of the New York Times in 2016 when the paper declared on its front page that ity would henceforth slant its coverage to defeat Donald Trump.The ethics of journalism has always held this to be unprofessional and a betrayal of journalism’s ideals, but ethics schmethics.

No one, certainly not me, will be surprised that Lemon leads the media in open partisanship and the most stupidly unfiltered way of expressing it. He has the self-control of a small child, and has been allowed to hold a major communications platform despite increasingly frequent emotional outbursts that in past eras–you know, like when news outlets insisted on some level of professionalism—would have sent anyone with Lemon’s habits and sloppy intellect to another occupation.

Lemon was talking to fellow biased CNN hack Chris Cuomo—Lemon is smarter, Cuomo is slightly more professional—when Don revealed, with no  push-back from Fredo, that his primary concern about the violent protests is that they might cost the Democrats the election. That’s what bothers Don Lemon–not the deaths, not the fires, not the innocent lives ruined; not the hate, not the incoherence and disdain for due process; not the anti-Americanism, not the extremism, not the disruptions of cities. A less juvenile and spoiled (for CNN won’t hold its cute, black, gay star to any standards, in one of the most throbbingly obvious examples of “The King’s Pass” extant) Lemon model would have the sense to at least give himself cover by pretending to care about the non-political carnage caused by the BLM-antifa alliance.

Previously, both Lemon and Cuomo—“you know, morons-“—cheered on the riots.  In one of his on-air tantrums in May, Lemon  called such violent protests a “mechanism for a restructure of our country or for some sort of change…[I]t’s indicative of the pain and sadness in this country of people who feel they have no other alternative but to exhibit this behavior in our country. No other option. When you have nothing to lose, you have nothing to lose.” Cuomo, a few days later, told CNN’s audiences that,

“It is a sad day when we need curfews in our cities. America’s major cities are filled with people demanding this country become more fair, more just and ironically, more united…And please, show me where it says that protesters are supposed to be polite and peaceful. Because, I can show you outraged citizens are the ones who have made America what she is and led to any major milestones.”

Since pushing President Trump out of office has been the mission of CNN for nearly four years, the lack of basic comprehension regarding their own country this dequence displays is staggering. Of course the violent protests like the endless siege of Portland is a disaster for Democrats and certain to increase President’s Trump’s support. Conservative pundits have been saying and writing that from the beginning. Remember how the wildly distrusted Richard Nixon won a landslide victory in 1972? Chris? Don?  Anyone? Well, there is justice in the leftist indoctrination of the public schools leaving progressives condemned to repeat that mistakes of the past because their incompetent teachers never taught them.

Lemon went on to express his frustration with the Democratic strategy of ignoring the riots, in remarks that were pure partisanship and that made him sound like he was opining in Democratic Party strategy session.  “I think this is a blind spot for Democrats. I think Democrats are ignoring this problem or hoping that it will go away, and it’s not going to go away…The problem is not going to be fixed by [Election Day],” said Lemon. “But what they can do, and I think maybe Joe Biden may be afraid to do it … he’s got to address it. He’s got to come out and talk about it.”

In truth, the Democrats and their media allies have painted themselves into  two metaphorical corners. I would laugh, except that we are watching the self-destruction of two vital democratic institutions: a once honorable party, and a responsible press.

Joe can’t “talk about it,” first, because every time Biden appears, he loses support, and second, because his party needs the votes of the rioters and their supporters. That’s now the Democratic base—good job, Democrats! There was virtually no mention of the riots during the Democratic National Convention. “Riots? What riots?” joined “Impeachment? What impeachment?”, “Sexual harassment? What sexual harassment?” and “Hypocrisy? What hypocrisy?” as themes of the week.

The news media, meanwhile, has to be trusted by the public in order to influence the election, and the more desperate and shrill its support for Democrats and its attacks on the President become, the less trustworthy it appears.

They have no one to blame but themselves.

23 thoughts on “Unethical Quote Of The Week: CNN’s Don Lemon

  1. “Don revealed, with no push-back from Fredo, that his primary concern about the violence protests is that they might cost the Democrats the election. That’s what bothers Don Lemon–not the deaths, not the fires, not the innocent lives ruined; not the hate, not the incoherence and disdain for due process; not the anti-Americanism, not the extremism, not the disruptions of cities.”

    This comes as no surprise. Democratic leaders and their allies in the media have made it clearer than Waterford crystal that they are willing to sacrifice anyone and anything except their own wealth and well-being (though occasionally they may throw one of their own like Al Franken under the bus) to make the president look bad or deny him a victory. To them, ordinary people are nothing more than menials and cannon fodder. Ordinary people are just eggs to be broken to create the perfect omlette. That’s because they deal in group rights, not individual rights, like my friend from Australia, who, although a good kind person, finds America’s concentration on personal freedom troubling, and thinks instead the government needs to be muzzling hate speech and enforcing civility, politeness, and kindness in society. Then again, she also thinks political correctness is just agreeing to be nice.

    • thinks instead the government needs to be muzzling hate speech and enforcing civility, politeness, and kindness in society.

      Has she seen how people freak out when you try to enforce laws against, say, arson?

      • We haven’t really discussed the current rioting situation, when she started saying things like “I guess some of these people feel that there’s no other way they will be heard,” and “Shops and stores are not as important as people’s lives,” I knew I wasn’t getting anyplace.

          • No. That was when they made up excuses for women not to trust men and to avoid men because you never know who might or might not be a rapist-in-waiting. Imagine if I said don’t trust any black person not personally known to you, because he might be a thug. How about if I said don’t trust any Muslim not known to you because he might be a terrorist? But we white men are expected to either just lower our heads like servants in the Victorian era getting a dressing down from our social better. “Yes mum. No mum. Won’t happen again mum,” or turn our “privilege” to doing what our BIPOC, LGBT and female betters want and say thanks for it. To their way of thinking we the Italian-American men should be the ones leading the charge against Columbus, since our privilege elevated him in the first place, and then we should bow and thank them for enlightening us and showing us what oppressive bullies we were, so we could become better.

  2. In one of his on-air tantrums in May, Lemon called such violent protests a “mechanism for a restructure of our country or for some sort of change…[I]t’s indicative of the pain and sadness in this country of people who feel they have no other alternative but to exhibit this behavior in our country. No other option. When you have nothing to lose, you have nothing to lose.”

    Why does not that same logic apply to what Elliot Rodger did?

    Joe can’t “talk about it,” first, because every time Biden appears, he loses support, and second, because his party needs the votes of the rioters and their supporters.

    Biden already spoke.

    http://pjmedia.com/election/tyler-o-neil/2020/07/22/as-antifa-terrorizes-portland-biden-claims-trump-is-attacking-peaceful-protesters-n670345

    “We have a president who is determined to sow chaos and division. To make matters worse instead of better,” Biden began. “We all remember the appalling scenes in front of the White House, when peaceful protestors were gassed to make way for a Trump photo op. Now Homeland Security agents — without a clearly defined mandate or authority — are ranging far from federal property, stripped of badges and insignia and identifying markings, to detain people.”

    “They are brutally attacking peaceful protestors, including a U.S. Navy veteran,” the Democrat insisted.

      • They are so invested in the myth of riot denial.

  3. Dandy Don’s delicious diatribe devolved into dementia:

    “So, the problem is not going to be fixed by then, but what they can do, and I think maybe Joe Biden may be afraid to do it. I’m not sure. Maybe he won’t, maybe he is. He’s got to address it. He’s got to come out and talk about it. He’s got to do a speech like Barack Obama did about race. He’s got to come out and tell people that he is going to deal with the issue of police reform in this country, and that’s what’s happening now is happening under Donald Trump’s watch – on Donald Trump’s watch. And when he is the president, Kamala Harris is the vice president, then they will take care of this problem.”

    Only Biden and Kamala, (well – only Kamala after she and the Obama Machine effectively “address” their “Biden Problem”) have the intellectual acuity and political power to fix police problems. Just ignore that both of them were in the Senate and Biden was VP to the most amazing human being ever to have walked the Earth and neither one did anything to take care of this problem. But, now, “yes, they will!”

    As an aside, why is that Democrats, who hate religion, constantly place their party members in the exalted positions of [prophets, preachers, and saviors?

    jvb

  4. Just watch, keep watching, and wait and see how the narrative is going to be flipped in the Marxstream media.

    The riots will go on. Yes, they will, no matter any temporary impact they might be having on the precious polling results that show diminished favorability toward Democrats. I trust the rioters in Portland; I trust them to continue rioting.

    So, how is that “trust” going to be played? Watch:

    As the riots continue, the Marxstream media woke-zombies will begin to chant:

    “The REPUBLICANS are egging this [rioting] on! Because they know it makes Democrats look bad. The REPUBLICANS are the REAL anarchists! They WANT the violence! They even sent an armed vigilante into the midst of the peaceful protesters in Kenosha, to threaten and murder protesters! The Republicans are CELEBRATING the riots! What’ll they do after Election Day?! They’re monsters, MONSTERS, I tell you! [and you had better believe that, or you’ll be cancelled]

    • Not to brag, but I NAILED IT! Just caught the preview of what Biden said, on ABC News Tonight. The violence is “Donald Trump’s America.” I NAILED IT!

  5. Off-topic: the celebrity woke-chanters and their “platforms.” such as those on CNN, pro sports teams and the shows that cover them, etc.

    MLB players are now “boycotting” their own games and venues, in protest of events (and in support of organizations) they know next to nothing about. The players are using their “platforms” to…not show up on their platforms</b! Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

    Well, they’re batting 1.000 in Virtue Signaling. They’re also scrambling over each other for the league lead (make that, leaders of all pro leagues in all pro sports) in “bums, snits, and terrors.” At the same time, they are all aspiring for that history-honored Gold Standard of performance – namely, to “pitch a no-shitter.” What do I mean by a “no-shitter?” It’s that 3-word truism, the first letters of which comprise that anagram of “MLB,” that is the oh-so-not-clever mask used by an organization for its name as (apparently) a “cognitive dissonance shield” for obscuring what they actually are about.

    So, not just the Net-Ball for Africans (basketball) league; not just the Nonsensical Football League; but now, also the Marxism-Loving Bullshitters (American crickets) league is, “using their platforms” to punch-down and patronize us mere fans. I already knew that money and fame are more important to the “stars” than any entertainment they incidentally provide to anyone besides themselves. So, why watch them anymore? I can defund them and cancel my interests in them. It’s SO hard to do that! (That previous sentence is sarcasm.)

    I’m rapidly swinging toward complete alignment with fellow commenter Other Bill. I am very close to “boycotting” all American professional sports – their players, their teams, their leagues, their venues, their infomercial media programs on TV and radio, and their merchandise – and going into full-time pursuit of other entertainment. Other, more industrious, uplifting, and satisfying activity. Let’s see…there’s a bunch of people in Louisiana who need a lot of help right now, after a hurricane…

    So what’s a self-governing body to do? (EUREKA! I’ll use my “platform.”)

    • Yep, Luckiest.

      This afternoon, while dining on a mostly tasty burrito, my friend in arms, Ed, was lamenting about the general state of the nation and the we have become a nation of wimps and chickens. I said, “well, considering the poultry nature of our society at the moment, . . . .” Much laughter ensued.

      jvb

  6. Didn’t Biden make a statement yesterday against violence during the “protests”? I’m assuming his handlers were seeing the same thing Lemon was… that supporting violent criminals wasn’t polling as well as they had hoped.

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