//Ex-CNN pundit Steve Cortes: Don Lemon is ‘destroying trust in media’ by pretending to be nonpartisan

Ex-CNN pundit Steve Cortes: Don Lemon is ‘destroying trust in media’ by pretending to be nonpartisan

A CNN panel with host Don Lemon received intense backlash for mocking Trump supporters as “credulous boomer rubes,” and considered one of Lemon’s current colleagues feels it’s one other instance of the community masquerading far-left pundits as journalists.

Steve Cortes was considered one of CNN’s few pro-Trump pundits earlier than he left the liberal community earlier this month to work for America First.

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“Apart from the shameful mockery from the CNN contributor and the opposite visitor, the phase additionally revealed the clear intolerance of the host. Throughout my tenure at CNN, I repeatedly challenged, on-air, the bias of Don Lemon — and he all the time claimed journalistic objectivity. This clip showcases the reality for the entire nation to establish for themselves,” Cortes advised Fox Information.

CNN has lengthy billed itself as a straight-news community however critics really feel it has drifted additional to the left in the course of the Trump administration. The controversial phase, which has since been become a business for the GOP, options Lemon and two friends mocking and laughing on the president and his supporters.

CNN host Don Lemon is “destroying trust in media,” according to former colleague Steve Cortes.

CNN host Don Lemon is “destroying trust in media,” in response to former colleague Steve Cortes.

Lemon addressed the phase Tuesday evening, after it had gone viral, saying “did not catch all the things that was stated,” however Cortes feels the injury has been performed.

“Cable information ought to supply sturdy reporting in addition to sturdy opinion commentary. When retailers blur these strains, they do a disservice to the viewers, and hurt our nation by destroying belief in media,” Cortes added. “I want a few of my former colleagues at CNN, like Don Lemon, could be clear and admit what any viewer already is aware of — that they’re opinion speak hosts and never journalists.”

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“I want a few of my former colleagues at CNN, like Don Lemon, could be clear and admit what any viewer already is aware of — that they’re opinion speak hosts and never journalists.”

— Steve Cortes

The panel, which initially aired on Saturday evening throughout particular dwell protection of the impeachment trial, featured Lemon, New York Instances columnist and CNN contributor Wajahat Ali, and ex-GOP strategist Rick Wilson discussing the heated exchange Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had with an NPR reporter, through which he challenged the journalist to level out Ukraine on a clean map.

Wilson used the subject to mock President Trump in addition to his supporters.

“[Pompeo] additionally is aware of deep inside his coronary heart that Donald Trump could not discover Ukraine on a map in case you had the letter U and an image of an precise bodily crane subsequent to it,” Wilson started, inflicting Lemon to chuckle. “He is aware of that that is, you realize, an administration outlined by ignorance of the world. And in order that’s partly him enjoying to the bottom and enjoying to their viewers. You realize, the credulous boomer rube demo that backs Donald Trump.”

As Lemon started crying with tears of laughter, Wilson went on to depict what he thought a typical Trump supporter appeared like.

“‘Donald Trump’s the sensible one — and y’all elitists are dumb!'” Wilson stated with a heavy southern accent.

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“‘You elitists together with your geography and your maps — and your spelling!'” Ali chimed in in the course of the mockery.

“‘Your math and your studying!'” Wilson added. “‘All these strains on the map!'”

Lemon virtually misplaced his breath from laughing, wiping tears from his eyes with a tissue. The phase was slammed by everybody from President Trump to former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien.

Fox Information’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.