A group of black activists affiliated with the 36-year-old National Center for Public Policy Research have absolutely had it with the racist rhetoric of CNN host Don Lemon.
In a caustic statement published Thursday, members of the National Leadership Network of Black Conservatives (or Project 21) demanded CNN President Jeff Zucker immediately rein in Lemon for the racist remarks the host had made earlier in the week about white men.
“Lemon made his sweeping racial assertion – ‘we have to stop demonizing people and realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men’ – earlier this week during an on-air exchange with fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo on ‘Cuomo Prime Time,'” Project 21 announced in a press release.
Lemon issued the unsubstantiated assertion while discussing several recent terror attacks in America, including one that had involved a Hispanic man.
CNN's Don Lemon: We have to "realize the biggest terror threat in this country is white men, most of them radicalized to the right, and we have to start doing something about them." pic.twitter.com/CqefzgIntd
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) October 30, 2018
“Lemon hosts his own show, ‘CNN Tonight.’ Besides calling white men terrorists, Lemon recently called President Trump a ‘racist’ and called the President’s supporters ‘people who will lie, steal and cheat, lie to their mother,'” Project 21’s press release continued.
While the group focused its attention Lemon, the fact remains that nearly every “journalist” and pundit at CNN has participated in the rank demonization of President Donald Trump and his supporters. Granted, Lemon’s remark about “white men” took the network’s rhetoric to a new low.
“That’s not responsible journalism,” the group’s co-chairmen added in a statement. “This cannot stand. CNN President Jeff Zucker recently called out the White House for its criticism of the media, saying President Trump doesn’t comprehend the importance of the words he uses.”
They added: “It’s time for Zucker to put his own house in order – starting with explaining how Don Lemon’s outrageous statement can stand in light of Zucker’s call for civility.”
— BlackCentralStation (@BlackCentralStn) November 2, 2018
Project 21’s co-chairmen are Horace Cooper, Rev. Council Nedd II, and nationally syndicated radio show host Stacy Washington. Of particular importance is Washington, who used to work at CNN as a conservative political commentator.
Because of her past experience with CNN, Washington appears to be familiar with the bigotry and intolerance practiced by many at the network.
“They were absolutely horrified that I was supporting Donald Trump,” she said in a Newsmax interview during the presidential election two years ago.
She added: “I was told that you’re being a traitor, how can you, he’s a racist. It was all about me being black and a woman supporting Donald Trump as opposed to me supporting the policies that he put forward.”
Listen below as she describes how her colleagues had treated her differently because of her political views:
The network’s bigotry seems to align more-so with a loathing of the president versus a loathing of white people in general, as evidenced by both CNN’s treatment of Washington and its treatment of rapper Kanye West.
After West outed himself as a supporter of the president last month, Lemon laughed in glee as two guests on his weeknight program mocked the rapper as “a token negro.”
.@CNN brutally savages Kanye West for his Trump support:
"Kanye West is what happens when negros don't read"
"Black folks are about to trade Kanye West in the racial draft"
"He's an attention whore"
"He's a token negro"
"He clearly has issues"
"He's already been hospitalized" pic.twitter.com/tWq3zxadMT
— MAGAPILL ✖️ (@MAGAPILL) October 10, 2018
It’s perhaps because of this increasing demagoguery and racism that the network’s ratings have fallen so low that the kids-oriented network Nickelodeon — home to such shows as “SpongeBob Squarepants,” “100 Things To Do Before High School,” and “Dance Academy” — regularly outperforms it.