CNN anchor Don Lemon appeared to buck new company president Chris Licht’s more fair-minded approach, saying on Thursday that if journalists were truly doing their jobs, they needed to treat Republicans as though they are dangerous to society as a whole.
Lemon made an appearance on CNN’s “New Day” to discuss the state of politics with just a few months left before November’s midterm elections, and he argued that it was not reasonable to treat Republicans and Democrats as simply two opposing sides with differing ideas of how to best make life better for the American people.
“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,” Lemon explained. “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’re not doing our jobs. We cannot sit here and pretend like ‘Well, Republicans, cut them a break …’ They have a lot to answer for in this moment.”
Among the things Lemon wanted Republicans to “answer for” were the Capitol Riot on January 6 and a series of laws restricting abortion that followed immediately after the Supreme Court handed down its 6-3 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization — which overturned landmark abortion cases Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.
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