CNN’s Don Lemon abruptly ended a segment late Friday evening on “CNN Tonight” after one of his guests expressed his views on “fake news” coverage, reports The Hill.
Lemon was reportedly leading a discussion about projected costs of protecting the presidential family with Trump’s weekend visits to Mar-a-Lago and the First Lady residing in New York, when political analyst and commentator Paris Dennard told Lemon, “I think this is fake news. This is not a news story.”
Dennard defended Trump saying, “The President is not breaking any laws, and he’s not doing anything.” Lemon interjected to shut down the accusation of it being “fake news” and argued: “Do you actually know what the definition of fake news is?”
Dennard responded, “What we’re doing right now.” Lemon was noticeably teed off and replied, “Fake news is when you put out a story to intentionally deceive someone and you know that it is wrong.”
“This story that we’re doing right now is not to intentionally deceive anyone. We are simply talking about the cost to keep a President safe,” the CNN host continued. “Please stop it with that stupid talking point, that it is a fake news story. If you don’t want to participate in the news stories on this network, then don’t come on and participate. But don’t call them fake because you don’t agree with them. Go on.”
Dennard reiterated his belief this CNN was attempting to report a “fake news story” and Lemon abruptly ended the show.
Watch the showdown below.
H/T: The Hill
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