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CNN’s Don Lemon Thinks Trump’s Speech Should Be on Time Delay to Protect Against ‘Propaganda’

CNN’s Don Lemon said something about President Trump’s first primetime address from the Oval Office that should have anyone who cares about journalistic integrity and basic ethics concerned: Lemon suggested that Trump be put on a time “delay” in case the President promotes “propaganda.”

We’re not making this up.

Lemon channels his inner Big Brother

Trump’s speech Tuesday night about the crisis at the border will be carried by all the major networks. On CNN, Lemon told colleague Chris Cuomo that the networks should “have to wonder” whether or not Trump’s address should be aired live, or if it should be accompanied by a live “fact-check.”

“How do you handle this?” Lemon asked. “Because you’re giving the president of the United States, which he should be given the bully pulpit, he owns it — but you’re giving him the opportunity to speak to the United States unfettered – to speak to the people of the United States – and this president has a problem with the truth, so what do you do?”

“You let him speak and then you hold him to account,” Cuomo said to Lemon.

Cuomo also had a stare that screamed, ‘Have you lost your mind?!?’

“Listen, I’m not saying we should do it but do you think there should be, I don’t know, a delay of some sort? Because people will believe it, the president will say what he has to say, people will believe it whether the facts are true are not — I guess that’s a chance you take with any president, but this one is different,” Lemon continued, digging a deeper hole. “And by the time the rebuttals come on, we’ve already promoted propaganda, possibly, unless he gets up there and tells the truth.”

Cuomo pushes back against Lemon’s Orwellian proposal

Cuomo told Lemon that Trump “has his right” to state his case to the American people and that “wanting barriers along the border is not propaganda.” Lemon agreed but said the President still might promote propaganda.

“That’s our job,” Cuomo said. “I believe that fears of people saying that, you know, ‘you should limit the exposure of this president to the American people,’ I dismiss that notion entirely.”

Kudos to Cuomo for explaining to Lemon the proper role of journalists and for defending the most basic premises of the First Amendment and free speech.

But that didn’t stop Lemon.

“I just think you have to be more strategic and more responsible to the viewer with this administration… we always say ‘doesn’t matter who’s first, it matters who’s accurate,’ right? If we get it right. I think we should apply the same parameters that we do with that,” Lemon said.

He continued, “We want to be accurate. We don’t have to be first. We can monitor what the president is saying or monitor what’s being said in the briefing room and if it’s newsworthy or they’re taking questions about a topic that’s important, then we can get to that topic and we can go there.”

“But if it’s a political stunt, why do we even have to do it and, I don’t know, just expose the viewer and the American people to propaganda?,” Lemon said.

Don Lemon needs to understand that when the President of the United States gives a speech, his job as a journalist is to report on what the president has said – not to tamper with it to mold Trump’s words to his liking.

At least Chris Cuomo gets it.

John Hanson

is a professional writer and editor with over 15 years of experience in conservative media and Republican politics. He has been a special guest on Fox News, Sirius XM, appeared as the guest of various popular personalities, and has had a lifelong interest in right-leaning politics.

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  • Who in the Hell does Don Lemon think he is???

    Where does Don Lemon think he gets the right and authority to time delay President Trump's speech in order to censor and insert his own interpretations into President Trump's speech?

    Don Lemon is a delusional self-appointed elitist that believes he knows better than the common American people on how to decipher and interpret the gist of what President Trump wants to impart to his fellow countrymen/women, in order for them to understand the border problems, and the solutions for those problems.

    Only CNN would hire an egomaniac that believes that he knows better than the POTUS on what the federal government needs to do to secure our southern borders and prevent illegal immigration, drug smuggling, and human trafficking on our southern borders, to be part of the liberal biased media*, to help promulgate lies, propaganda, and more "Fake News", the original, most famous, and the most numerous purveyors of.

    * -- CNN is no longer thought of as part of the mainstream media, because of the collapse of their viewership to the lowest level of any televised news organization, ever since the 2016 Presidential elections, that was precipitated by their constant and continuing unwarranted attacks on the person that the American people elected to be their President.

  • do the owners of CNN love Lemon or is it because he is a homo so they are afraid to fire the scum hole.

  • If anybody suggested we do that with Obummer (who lied every time he opened his mouth), the libtards would have exploded in anger.

  • If anybody suggested we do that with Obummer (who lied every time he opened his mouth), the libtards would have exploded in anger.

  • Already they are giving negative press to the Presidents speech which hasn't even been given yet.. Makes you wonder why Trump with all his money, even wants to help America! Let the man speak and then ofcourse the Democrats already have a rebuttal ready. The Democrats should listen to Colorado's new Democratic governor, Polis, who was sworn in today. He stated that democracy and success is only accomplished with bipartisan support, ideas and an exchange of opinions. He is right and that goes for the US too. Note! Pelosi! He is a Democrat! You might want to read his speech and learn something!

  • Already they are giving negative press to the Presidents speech which hasn't even been given yet.. Makes you wonder why Trump with all his money, even wants to help America! Let the man speak and then ofcourse the Democrats already have a rebuttal ready. The Democrats should listen to Colorado's new Democratic governor, Polis, who was sworn in today. He stated that democracy and success is only accomplished with bipartisan support, ideas and an exchange of opinions. He is right and that goes for the US too. Note! Pelosi! He is a Democrat! You might want to read his speech and learn something!

  • Lemon is a lemon. JUICE HIM. Throw him on the floor and stomp on him.

    Nuke him first to loosen all the juices.

    Can anybody spell P R A V D A

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