It looks like CNN is getting sick and tired of being called “fake news.” Recently, anchor Don Lemon got so angered by a panelist accusing the network of dealing in fake news that he abruptly ended the segment and stormed off the set.
During a “CNN Tonight” panel discussing whether the Trump administration is directing too many resources to protecting Melania Trump in New York, Lemon asked conservative panelist Paris Dennard to weigh in.
“I think this is fake news. This is not a news story,” Dennard said flat-out, much to the chagrin of Lemon. “The president is not breaking any laws and he’s not doing anything. It’s not his fault…” he continued, before a visibly irritated Lemon interjected.
In response, Lemon continuously shut down Dennard’s attempts to defend himself so that he could give his own definition of “fake news.”
“Fake news is when you put out a story to intentionally deceive someone and you know that it is wrong. I don’t know of anyone who has put out a story – in the mainstream media that I can think of right now – to, that, to intentionally deceive anyone,” Lemon said, calling fake news as a “stupid talking point.”
When Dennard finally got a chance to speak, he offered that the Melania Trump story was fake news “in my opinion” – only for Lemon to meltdown and end the segment entirely.
In a somewhat similar scene, Bernie Sanders recently had his CNN interview mysteriously end after he called CNN fake news.