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Tue Dec 7, 2021, 11:51 AM

CNN's Don Lemon warned Jussie Smollett of police investigation

So . . . this came out at the trial yesterday.

CNN host Don Lemon is getting blasted for covering his pal Jussie Smollett’s trial on his late-night show — without mentioning his own central role in tipping off the “Empire” star that he was being investigated by police.

As he took the stand Monday, Smollett, 39, had told the court that he first knew that police doubted his race-hate attack was real after getting a text message from Lemon, saying that was key in his decision not to hand his phone records over to cops.

The testimony quickly sparked comparisons between Lemon and his former CNN love-“brother” Chris Cuomo, who over the weekend was fired for his own meddling in his brother Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s sexual harassment scandal.

But while Cuomo refused to report on his brother’s scandal, Lemon ended his Monday night show with a report on the latest news from the ex-“Empire” star’s trial — with no mention of his own involvement.


https://nypost.com/2021/12/07/don-lemon-did-not-mention-own-role-in-jussie-smollett-trial/

Sorry about the NY Post link. The only other option was Fox News.

Not sure how someone can ethically report on this and not mention their own role in interfering with an investigation.

What is going on over at CNN?

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Reply CNN's Don Lemon warned Jussie Smollett of police investigation (Original post)
Sympthsical Dec 2021 OP
The_Counsel Dec 2021 #1
kcr Dec 2021 #2
Sympthsical Dec 2021 #3
Zeitghost Dec 2021 #16
W_HAMILTON Dec 2021 #4
Sympthsical Dec 2021 #6
W_HAMILTON Dec 2021 #18
BlackSkimmer Dec 2021 #14
W_HAMILTON Dec 2021 #19
Sherman A1 Dec 2021 #5
CrackityJones75 Dec 2021 #8
Sherman A1 Dec 2021 #10
OneBlueDotS-Carolina Dec 2021 #7
Bristlecone Dec 2021 #9
BeckyDem Dec 2021 #11
FSogol Dec 2021 #12
Sympthsical Dec 2021 #13
BlackSkimmer Dec 2021 #15
brush Dec 2021 #17
MerryBlooms Dec 2021 #20
radius777 Dec 2021 #21

Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 11:59 AM

1. .....Sssssssso....Does Mr. Lemon Have a Pink Slip in His Near Future?

It's our understanding that CNN doesn't like it when their on-air personnel uses company resources to help someone who is under investigation or whatever, right?

Right?

Or does that only apply to people named Cuomo?

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 12:07 PM

2. When the only sources for a story you can find are right wing

Then something's up. I don't trust it.

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Response to kcr (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 12:12 PM

3. It was literally on the record testimony in court

From the defendant himself.

Wouldn't a more salient question be why other news sources aren't covering it?

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Response to kcr (Reply #2)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 02:15 PM

16. The source is Smolett

He testified to it in court.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 12:15 PM

4. Fuck the New York Post.

Surely there are less biased and more reputable sources out there for this story that you can post instead, yes?

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Response to W_HAMILTON (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 12:35 PM

6. Would you have rathered Fox?

It's not my fault the story's getting embargoed so far.

Doesn't really matter about the source, as the information is sworn testimony in open court.

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Response to Sympthsical (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 10, 2021, 08:29 PM

18. It does, because you are generating clicks for that website.

And don't give me that conspiratorial "it's getting embargoed!" crap. Do better.

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Response to W_HAMILTON (Reply #4)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 02:04 PM

14. It's in the court record.

Not that I believe much of what Smollett has to say about anything.

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Response to BlackSkimmer (Reply #14)

Fri Dec 10, 2021, 08:30 PM

19. Then link the court record directly...

...rather than generating clicks and driving up revenue for a rightwing rag that is very much anti-Democratic and anti-democratic.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 12:26 PM

5. Seems that the uselessness of CNN is becoming more and more apparent

Hopefully this will lead to folks turning off the cable noise machine.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 12:49 PM

8. Uhhh not going to happen.

 

Perhaps move to other cable news channels. Which may not be what we want.

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Response to CrackityJones75 (Reply #8)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 01:25 PM

10. They are all pretty much useless in my opinion

Nothing but Drama Infotainment there to fill airtime and collect paychecks.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 12:35 PM

7. Three hours of Smerconish...

Maybe CNN could get Seb Gorka & Mark Steyn...to fill in

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 01:03 PM

9. This may be true, but it is starting to feel like a rat-F'ing.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 01:28 PM

11. CNN, I am not surprised.

Celebrity news commentating on celebrity news, while involved in celebrity news.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 01:35 PM

12. Apples and Oranges and a quite lazy attempt to conflate the two issues. Typical of RW media & their

"both sides" bullshit. It is really disappointing to see this slop drug onto DU.

What is Don Lemon Marvel Comics' The Watcher? Is he pledged not to interfere?

Lemon tipped off an acquaintance about possible charges. That info allowed someone to call their lawyer.

Cuomo used his resources to investigate people accusing his brother of felonies. That info would be used to harass and intimidate his brother's victims.

Lemon violated no ethics.

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Response to FSogol (Reply #12)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 01:44 PM

13. A journalist using sources to warn of a criminal investigation?

That's ethical?

When the suspect then uses that information to hamper the investigation?

That's ethical?

Then the "journalist" reports on the story without disclosing the fact he's involved and was literally brought up in trial that day?

That's ethical?

We have very different definitions of that word.

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Response to Sympthsical (Reply #13)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 02:06 PM

15. Yeah, and now Lemon has this disbelieving look on his face when talking about Smollett.

Whereas in the early days he was all on his side.

Shame Smollett is trying to take others down with him. Why he didn’t take a plea, I’ll never understand. It would be forgotten by now.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Tue Dec 7, 2021, 02:24 PM

17. Uh-oh. Don Lemon may be out too since CNN fired Cuomo for...

similar actions.

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Dec 10, 2021, 09:13 PM

20. Were there actual texts provided to the court,

Or just Smollett's word, there were texts?

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Response to Sympthsical (Original post)

Fri Dec 10, 2021, 10:27 PM

21. What's going on over at FOX?

C'mon now, at least try to be less transparent, makes it more fun.

You do know that FOX basically fed the Trump criminals info for 4 years? How 'bout them ethics? Lemon's ethical lapse (if one could call it that) is tiny in comparison.

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