Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson has faced plenty of criticism for his on-air remarks, but he recently turned the tables on CNN anchor Don Lemon over his reaction to allegations made by one of that network’s soon-to-be-former hosts.
Brooke Baldwin said during a recent podcast interview that the “most influential anchors on our network, the highest-paid, are men,” describing the environment as a “boys’ club.”
“I don’t know everybody else’s salary”
She went on to note that most of her bosses are male, asserting that she has “been surrounded by a lot of men” during her time at CNN.
While it is true that the other cable networks employ female anchors in prominent primetime positions, Lemon pointed out a few of his network’s female executive producers, including Erin Burnett and his own producer, Melanie Lefkowitz.
When a guest, journalist Kara Swisher, asked him about Baldwin’s comments, Lemon indicated that he did not agree.
“Well, a couple of things,” he responded. “I don’t know everybody else’s salary. So I can’t say that it’s a — and it’s a boys’ club. I just got there.”
Swisher responded by asserting that Lemon had been with CNN for 15 years and was seen having lunch with network CEO Jeff Zucker while Baldwin was not.
“Don Lemon needs to check himself”
The host responded by declaring that he called Zucker to invite him to lunch and that Baldwin could have done the same thing.
While Swisher concluded that his response was “fair,” Carlson later aired a clip of the exchange after which he took exception to Lemon’s rhetoric.
“He was mansplaining … like trying to explain to Brooke Baldwin how to get invited to the ‘bro lunch’ with Jeff Zucker,” the Fox News host claimed. “Casual sexism and he doesn’t even realize it. Don Lemon needs to check himself and his male privilege.”
Of course, Lemon has previously faced more serious allegations than “mansplaining,” as revealed in an ongoing lawsuit against him in New York.
A bartender in the Hamptons claims that in 2019, Lemon sexually assaulted and harassed him to the point that he fled the bar to escape the high-profile media figure.