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NEW YORK (AP) — CNN’s Don Lemon said Thursday that he “misspoke” the night before in an attempt to make a broader point when he claimed that Fox News Channel did not report on White House communications director Hope Hicks’ resignation.

Turned out that Fox had, several times — every hour from when the story broke after 4 p.m. through midnight. It did not get the wall-to-wall attention it received on CNN and MSNBC, however.

Lemon tweeted out a correction on Thursday afternoon. “I should have been more specific,” he wrote.

Things have been testy between CNN and Fox lately. Fox aired segments last week questioning whether CNN had scripted questions in its town hall on gun control. But when the father of a Florida school shooting survivor told The Associated Press that he had omitted words in an email sent to media outlets that may have falsely given that impression, Fox’s Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity corrected the record.

Lemon, during a discussion of the Hicks story on his show Wednesday, said he’d been watching news networks in his office and that “Trump TV, or state-run TV” was not even reporting the story. Trump supporters who watch Fox aren’t even aware of negative stories about the administration, he said.

To that claim, Fox White House correspondent John Roberts tweeted in response: “Whaaaaaaaa????” He later detailed the times he had reported it on the air.

“Don Lemon is not our assignment editor,” said Fox News spokeswoman Carly Shanahan.

The most extensive discussion in the evening was on Martha MacCallum’s show. Hannity offered Hicks some career advice: “She can work at the Fox News Channel, she’s good,” he said.

Fox said it had requested Lemon make an on-air correction.

Lemon’s broader point about the lack of time Fox spends on stories damaging to Trump may have been influenced by a report that the liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America had issued Wednesday. Media Matters wrote about the lack of coverage Fox’s prime-time shows gave to stories about Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, including his lack of a full security clearance at the White House.

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17 thoughts on “Don Lemon Says He ‘Misspoke’ On Fox News Coverage

  1. African American Woman on said:

    I am so tired of people making statements and then later saying, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean it, I didn’t mean to say that, I misspoke, etc…why can’t people just own what they say and let it go??? This happens like everyday and its annoying!

  2. Passing Through!! on said:

    The economy gained a net 11.6 million jobs. The unemployment rate dropped to below the historical norm. Average weekly earnings for all workers were up 4.1 percent after inflation. The gain was 3.7 percent for just production and home ownership rate hit the lowest point in half a century. Wind and solar power increased 369 percent. By the time Obama left office, the jobless rate was down to 4.8 percent — well below the historical norm of 5.6 percent…In fiscal year 2015, the deficit was $438 billion, a drop of 69 percent from FY 2009.The percentage of all U.S. residents who lack coverage dropped sharply, from 14.7 percent the year before Obama entered the White House to 9.0 percent in his final year — the lowest on record.
    +++
    The county was already GREAT under president Obama!!!

  3. Perry on said:

    FOX News has covered the Trump Administration like they are an arm of the WH Press Secretary Office, Fox News is not news. It is Fake News created by this wacky administration.

  4. Passing Through!! on said:

    It’s okay Don Fox lies ALL the damn time. I wonder did Fox cover Ivanka is now under investigation for her dirty business dealing with Russia.

    • Mac Daddy on said:

      Unemployment at lowest levels since 1969. Love him or you’re a hater, you can’t deny that Trump is making our country better. Colored folks working again, amen!

      • “colored folks?” I am confused. By the way…the unemployment rate began to improve greatly before he took office. He is riding on the coat tails of the Obama reign. I will say that even if that were true…we wouldn’t know it, because everyday there is some kind of mess coming out of the White House to distract from anything that he MAY be doing something good on. But…all I see is chaos! What a mess we are in…a tit-for-tat president who has to reply to and respond to EVERYTHING that is said about him. He is like a teenage boy.

      • Passing Through!! on said:

        @CYN
        You’re right nothing but chaos and it keeps getting worse every day. Now Ivanka trump is under investigation, like her husband and brother she’ll soon be indicted and facing prison time. And the racist keep giving trump credit for President Obama’s economy it’s like spraying perfume on a pig.

      • @mcdummy. This country is a mess and it’s leaderless. Obama tried to tell those 62miliiion deplorable strum poor was unfit. He’s losing his mind. The part he had left.

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