donlemon1

Is Don Lemon (pictured) an apt anchor? Not according to the Columbia Journalism Review Darts & Laurel, which criticized Lemon for his less-than-stellar coverage of the Ferguson, Mo., protests, the hotbed where Black teen Michael Brown was gunned down by White then-policeman Darren Wilson during the summer.

 

Sign Up For Our Newsletter!

 

The famed Columbia publication has a system of criticizing the press by awarding darts and laurels to those journalists it reviews.  Lemon was the only journalist called out by the blog this year, and he was dart-worthy for his lack of finding the right words to say. According to the journal, Lemon’s “gaffes this year offer a case study in how to choose words wisely — or not.”

On March 20th, [Lemon] asked guests whether Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 could have been swallowed by a black hole: “I know it’s preposterous, but is it preposterous?” He later compared spanking children to training dogs and probed similarities between the release of U.S. Army POW Bowe Bergdahl and the Showtime series “Homeland.” When an alleged Bill Cosby rape victim appeared on his show on Nov. 18, he lectured, “You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it…Meaning the use of teeth, right?” Less than a week later, as protests turned violent in Ferguson, Mo., he described the scene: “Obviously, there’s a smell of marijuana in the air.” Lemon’s job isn’t easy. But he’s earned a DART for going there. Obviously.

Ouch!

Also On Black America Web:

Add Your Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s