Dear Don Lemon, still, to this day, you and CNN continue to blatantly lie about what President Donald Trump said about the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017.
President Trump used the phrase “very fine people” to describe non-violent protesters on either side of the debate over a Confederate statue – AND for those paying proper attention – know that Trump specifically excluded the neo-Nazis, whom he “condemned totally.”
But despite that, for the past several weeks, you and CNN have reported that president Trump was referring to neo-Nazis as “very fine people” in Charlottesville.
On top of that, you are now using the Charlottesville lie to blame president Trump for the terror attacks against two mosques in New Zealand on Friday.
On Friday evening, you Mr. Lemon played a very deceptively edited video clip of President Trump’s press conference from Trump Tower on August 15, 2017. You introduced the clip by saying, “Nobody has forgotten — nobody has forgotten — what he said after that deadly white supremacist riot in Charlottesville.” Then you cut to a clip of the president saying, “You also had people that were very fine people on both sides. You had people in that group — excuse me, excuse me. I saw the same pictures as you did.”
What you Mr. Lemon left out is that Trump had made it perfectly clear that he was not talking about the neo-Nazis.
The president said: “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and the white nationalists, because they should be condemned totally.”
You also failed to explain that – and as CNN itself reported at the time of the press conference – Trump was referring to people “that were there to protest the taking down, to them, of a very, very important statue and a renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.”
Trump also referred to the murder of Heather Heyer by a white supremacist as an act of terror — but you Mr. Lemon left that out as well.
You also failed to inform your audience that president Trump made a special statement about Charlottesville from the White House the day before, declaring: “Racism is evil, and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”
Yet you wonder why you get called fake news, you wonder why your ratings are tanking.
To put it bluntly Mr. Lemon, you are a disgrace to journalism and you wouldn’t know honest reporting if you fell over it.
The honest thing to do would be to retract your lies and issue an apology to president Trump, his supporters and your viewers who you
deceive every night.
But we all know that won’t happen because you cannot look past your hatred for the president, so realistically the only way going forward from here is for CNN to do the right thing and remove you from their network. Which we all know won’t happen because just like you, CNN also lacks the ability to report honestly and responsibly.
CNN’s slogan claims to be “This is CNN; The most trusted name in news; Facts first.” But yet you don’t report the facts and no-one smart enough trusts you, and they never will.
YOU are the cause of your own and CNN’s downfall Mr. Lemon. Not the president, not his supporters, YOU.
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