Don Lemon talks plans for CNN after, not giving platform to ‘liars and bigots’



Don Lemon is giving his first face-to-face interview since being fired from CNN, saying he does not believe in “giving a platform to liars and bigots”.

In an interview with ABC24, a local news affiliate, Lemon reflected on his “responsibility” as a journalist and responded to criticism he has received for his push against Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy. a combative on-air interview In April.

“Not only as a journalist, but as an American, I have a responsibility to speak the truth and follow the promises of the Constitution,” he said. “Because the Constitution speaks of a more complete union, not a perfect union. I’m not perfect. No one is, but I think in order to fulfill the promise of the Constitution, we have to stand up for what’s right.” We have to stand up for the truth.”

When Lemon was asked about his controversial Ramaswamy interview, he shared what he sees as limits on who journalists should and should not platform.

He said, “I do not believe in putting liars, bigots, rebels and denialists on the stage and making them equal to those who are speaking the truth, those who are fighting for what is right, Those who are following the constitution.” , “It would be a dereliction of journalistic duty.”

As far as the future of her career is concerned, Lemmon said she would “not be pushing anything” and that she is enjoying life with her fiancé, real estate broker Tim Malone.

He added, “I will not let other people’s timelines affect mine.” “I know people say, ‘I miss you on television. What’s your next step?’ I’m figuring it out. I don’t need to be in a hurry. I think sometimes people make decisions in a hurry and end up making the wrong decisions.”

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In April, Lemon announced that she had been fired from “CNN This Morning”, which she co-anchored with Kaitlyn Collins and Poppy Harlow for nearly six months.

He said in a statement on Twitter at the time, “I was informed this morning by my agent that CNN has fired me. I am shocked.”

CNN CEO Chris Licht said in a statement that the network wished him well and would encourage him in future endeavors, as he wrote in an email to CNN employees obtained by USA TODAY.

Licht said, “To my CNN colleagues, CNN and Don have parted ways. Don will always be a part of the CNN family, and we thank him for his contributions over the past 17 years.”

CNN’s split with Lemon broke shortly after news of Tucker Carlson’s departure from Fox News broke.

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Contributing: Morgan Hines