Poor Don Lemon. The CNN anchor just can’t seem to catch a break. Last year, he was named the “Worst Journalist of 2014.” Now, a petition calling for him to be fired from his job has begun circulating online, and it has already garnered nearly 40,000 signatures.
More than 36,500 people have signed the Change.org petition demanding Lemon be stripped of his livelihood after he had the audacity to say he needed more facts before condemning South Carolina senior deputy Ben Fields, who was recently videotaped dragging a black female student across a classroom.
“I think there’s context to everything,” Lemon said while speaking in a panel discussion on The Situation Room last week. “It does look horrible. It does look like there’s no excuse for what he’s doing to her, but again, we don’t know.”
“[The video] only shows a small slice in time of what happened,” Lemon added. “I’d like to know more before passing judgment.”
The petition, which was started by a man named Jamell Henderson from Brooklyn, NY, accuses Lemon of “repeatedly [failing] to fulfill his responsibility to remain objective and unbiased in his work.”
“As a news anchor,” the petition reads, “Mr. Lemon’s job is to present the facts to the public, but time and time again, he has presented his opinion as fact—even when that opinion is contradicted by reality and common sense. That’s unacceptable for a journalist.”
Henderson goes on to say he is personally “disappointed” in Lemon, especially since he used to look up to the 49-year-old CNN anchorman.
“Mr. Lemon has failed his responsibility because he seems to forget the true essence of journalism,” the petition continues, “to present the facts and not judge, defame or antagonize. … Therefore, we are asking CNN to remove him from his position.”
h/t: The Wrap