Observations On The Latest Don Lemon New Years Eve Drunk Act

Once again, CNN’s Don Lemon indulged his inner high school jerk by getting drunk during New Years Eve festivities. As he has before, Lemon still went before the cameras smashed as a CNN special rang in 2022. This time, however, he had more to say than just singing “Melancholy Baby” or whatever it is drunks sing now.

As CNN hosts Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper were reporting on the action in Times Square, Lemon was in New Orleans with fellow CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota and comedian Dulce Sloan, Lemon, his tongue loosened by liquor so much that it nearly fell onto the floor, decided to get some things off his chest. Beginning by denying that he was pickled and claiming it was an “act” (Riiiight: see above screenshot] Lemon ranted,

“I don’t give a — what you think about me, what do you think about that,” he said. “I don’t care, I’m a grown-ass man, and I don’t care what you think about me, I don’t lie. I am who I am. I am a grown, successful black man who a lot of people hate because they’re not used to seeing me and people like me in the position I am to be able to share my point of view on television and it freaks people out and you know what? You can kiss my behind, I do not care. I don’t care. … I have one life. It is who I am, and I feel very … blessed and honored to be in this position, to be able to do this, for all of the hate I get, it’s motivation to me. Bring it. I don’t care.”

Naturally, the video has “gone viral.”

Observations:

1. If CNN were a responsible organization with any respect for its viewers, journalism or the nation, it would fire Lemon for this arrogant, unethical, juvenile and offensive performance. Of course, we know CNN isn’t such an organization, but its apparent willingness to trumpet its perverse nature is remarkable. (Ironically, CNN’s in-your-face defiance of professional standards of respect and professionalism most resembles that of Donald Trump.)

2. What would have happened if Walter Cronkite, Bernie Shaw or Barbara Walters had behaved like Lemon did last week? Their credibility and the public’s trust in their judgment as journalists would have been destroyed, and rightly so. “Don Lemon is an American television journalist,” says Wikipedia, but he is not. Lemon is now regarded by CNN as an entertainment “talent.” He doesn’t have to be trustworthy. He just has to be pretty, court controversy, and make his fans happy. Trust is irrelevant; competence is irrelevant. That is what CNN tells us by allowing this narcissist to remain on the air.

3. There has been no word from CNN “media watchdog” Brian Stelter on the incident. Don’t expect any.

4. To be clear, Lemon already had reached the point—long ago– where keeping him as a news show host was indefensible. Lemon knows this at some level, so his New Year’s rant stands as one of the great “It’s good to be king!” King’s Pass gloats since Trump said he could shoot someone in Times Square without losing his supporters. “Look at me!” Lemon was telling us. “I’m black, I’m gay, and I’m untouchable! Deal with it!”

5. What an asshole, What a child.

6. The fact that CNN was finally forced to fire its other popular and absurdly unethical (and dumb) host Chris Cuomo undoubtedly provides an extra layer of armor for Lemon. Nonetheless, his conduct is remarkable for an employee who would normally be seen as treading on thin ice with his employer. Lemon crossed journalism ethics lines by giving advice to his pal Jussie Smollett when the actor was in the midst of pushing his fake hate crime scam, and he is being sued for the kind of sexual assault and harassment that cancelled Kevin Spacey.

7. Lemon is now officially a monster. CNN did him no favors by indulging his egotism and recklessness: now it seems inevitable that Lemon will self-destruct, because CNN has allowed him to believe he can do no wrong. Even  a hopelessly irresponsible organization like CNN has a limit. It is inevitable that Lemon will reach it.

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Pointer: Other Bill

10 thoughts on “Observations On The Latest Don Lemon New Years Eve Drunk Act

    • There won’t be one. Lemon is a horrible human being but he brings in ratings (well, a few viewers) but he is smug, arrogant, self-righteous, and beyond reproach. I wonder if there is something going on behind the scenes, considering that Cuomo got canned and the other legal commentator idiot got suspended for a bit over his zoom mistake. Are the allegations in the sexual harassment trial coming to light and CNN knows it is sitting on time bomb, reputationally speaking, and they are looking for an excuse to whack him, rhetorically speaking? That supposed rant might just be telling CNN, “fire me, I dare you.”

      I am not sure. I did see Cooper’s husband blather about something stupid, too, with no apparent consequences.

      jvb

      PS: If you are wondering why I was even watching anything on CNN on New Year’s Eve, it’s because I had cleaned all of the lint out of the clothes dryer, emptied the dishwasher, and Remington was confused by all of the loud bangs outside so we had to distract him with some nonsense, and Fox was too busy bouncing around the country doing similar CNN things. It was all too boring, but CNN’s boredom seemed to comfort Remington. He might have been thinking, “well, if those idiots on CNN aren’t worried about the commotion why should I? Besides, papa is rubbing my ears so I’ll just stay here and enjoy it – the ear rubbing, not those idiots on CNN. Why can’t papa put on that new Keanu Reeves movie? That looks better than this stuff.”

  1. I am a grown, successful black man who a lot of people hate because they’re not used to seeing me and people like me in the position I am to be able to share my point of view on television…

    It seems to me that once you’ve become a grown, successful black man, then constantly pulling the race card should no longer be a viable option. On the other, I’m not at all aware of how much hate and discontent he actually receives from people that is directly due to his skin color. Still, I wish people would listen when I say, “I don’t dislike you because of your skin color (gender, sexual preference, species identity), I dislike you because you espouse ideas I find intolerable!”

    Once again, while I may actually find some admirable qualities in someone who, when confronted with hate, uses that hate as motivation to excel, still it is incumbent upon that person not to give ammunition to his detractors. Appearing drunk on TV when ostensibly your role is as a journalist is exactly the opposite, and likely to reinforce racist beliefs.

    I have to wonder at this point, though, if Lemon doesn’t actually have CNN’s permission to be drunk as a skunk on New Year’s Eve as an “entertainment” factor. If that segment of the show is something of a “party”, why not let it be so casual, or some rationalization like that.

    • Excellent observations. If asked, I would advise Lemon to go away, not for his sexuality or race, but because he has the intellectual acuity of a small soap dish. He is neither interesting or insightful. His commentary brings the average IQ down about 45 points.

      Don Lemon is just the other side of the Cuomo coin. They are both morons of the highest orders, who really believe their own PR. Fox News personalities were enjoying libations and the proverbial moment – even staunch Catholic guy Raymond Arroyo was escorting a New Orleans neophyte around New Orleans, making note of New Orleans’ reputation for mischief and mayhem. Yet, the Fox New entertainers didn’t seem to be pounding jello shots, tequila or Hurricanes (don’t ask – they are bad). Even Kat Timpf and Kennedy were not in rare form.

      jvb

      • I think he’s bullet-proof, boys, as Jack says. He would never apologize, and CNN would never even think to direct him or ask him to. He’s black and Black Lives Matter. He’s gay and gay guys are inherently superior to most all other beings, other than trans women, I guess. He’s a lefty. He’s got the trifecta right in his hands. And he’s angry, which makes him not an Uncle Tom. And who’s going to call an angry black guy out for being inebriated? Are you kidding? You’d be trading in racist stereotypes. It was simply a command performance. He’s probably already got his people considering what he’ll do this coming New Year’s Eve.

  2. Well. lucky me: I avoid CNN like the plague, so am not familiar with Don Lemon and his various transgressions. I knew that there were many more reasons to avoid CNN, their tolerance of Don Lemon is now another. Shame on them both.

  3. Jack’s headline is right: it’s an act, a shtick. Soon it will become an annual event. As are most acts, it will become predictable and boring. I’d say it already has.

  4. I have lost respect for Don Lemon as a result of his behavior. He was once a responsible journalist, but has turned into an ongoing joke. I really believe CNN producers are setting him up to eventually fire him for cause. A lot of his commentary that night was totally disrespectful to the audience.

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