Four years of President Donald Trump have only seemed to make airheads like Don Lemon more ridiculous and arrogant than ever before.
In his latest bit, the CNN anchor has invited mockery with a weepy newsletter claiming that journalism does not prioritize diversity enough, prompting one writer to suggest he is asking for “race quotas.”
He’s the victim
Over the Trump years, Lemon has become known for melodramatic, pompous tirades on the air, and he didn’t hold back in a blistering and self-righteous newsletter for Politico.
In his latest missive, the CNN anchor claimed that journalists of minority backgrounds have been treated unfairly during the Trump years, calling on his colleagues to stop promoting the “white male patriarchy.”
“Black and brown journalists were more likely to be cancelled for speaking out than our white counterparts,” he said.
“I wonder how many journalists of color didn’t get hired or promoted because companies just didn’t want to deal with that in the age of Trump?” he asked.
Outside the rarified, distorted world that Lemon lives in, where professional “victims” spent years attacking the president with impunity from their sinecures, the view looks quite different, as Eddie Scarry notes at the Washington Examiner.
Indeed, the journalists who have turned their profession into a laughing stock (Lemon’s colleagues, James Acosta, comes to mind) were more often showered with applause for their childish antics by dim-witted colleagues, simply for having the temerity to ask the president if he was not secretly Hitler.
“PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor was glamorized by Vogue and even got a book deal because she once asked the president if he was a white nationalist,” Scarry notes.
Scarry chalks up Lemon’s grievance to a demand for “race quotas,” and indeed, if that’s not what Lemon is asking for, he’s going to have to explain what it means for reporters to stop “journalistically [appropriating] us.”
In the meantime, being constantly embattled by a world that doesn’t share Lemon’s infinite self-regard has not stopped him from sharing his views on Trump supporters, who he recently insisted are basically all Nazis.
Lemon is many things, but smart is not one of them.