On Tuesday, embattled “CNN This Morning” host Don Lemon went on an unscripted rant against the New York Post after Rep. James Comer (R-KY), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, called the outlet “credible” over its release of the bombshell report on Hunter Biden’s laptop.
The rant came while Lemon was interviewing Kaitlan Collins, the same co-anchor that he had allegedly berated, as The Post exclusively reported last week. Comer discussed the upcoming House probe into Hunter Biden’s laptop and the suggestion from the Twitter Files that the FBI targeted stories related to the suppression of the Post’s Biden laptop coverage.
Comer accused the FBI of pushing to ban the Post, which called the paper a “credible outlet” and the “fourth biggest newspaper in America.” Most mainstream media outlets, including CNN, slammed The Post’s laptop bombshell news before Joe Biden was elected president in 2020.
When Collins, who conducted the interview on Capitol Hill, sent it back to the studio in New York, Lemon began his tangent.
“That’s the time that we’re in, where facts are sort of flexible and you just throw things out there -– citing uncredible sources, like citing the New York Post as a credible source and saying that facts are – it’s just, I can’t believe that we’re here,” Lemon said.
Lemon’s other co-host Poppy Harlow, who was on set, interrupted the rant in a bid to shut it down, saying, “That’s why we’ve got Kaitlan Collins on the Hill, fact-checking in real time. It was a great interview.”
Harlow congratulated Collins, who was in the nation’s capital to cover the president’s State of the Union address later on Tuesday, before saying, “Alright, moving on!” as music began to play so the show could cut to commercial.
However, Lemon persisted and refused to be played off stage, yelling, “Hold on please with the music.”
The anchor then claimed there is no “shared reality” with someone like Comer.
“American people are going to have to suffer through all of this stuff from election deniers to people who don’t believe in facts, we don’t have a shared reality. And now it has taken center stage,” Lemon said.
Just days earlier, the Post revealed he allegedly tore into Collins for interrupting him on a broadcast on Dec. 8, which ended in higher-ups telling Lemon to take a timeout the following day. Since that time, the two have barely been seen on set together.
This also comes as new CNN boss Chris Licht has been making a bid to move away from partisan coverage that has severely damaged the credibility of the network.
Licht told the Los Angeles Times last month that his cable news network will no longer be home to “partisan hackery” and “ideological talking points.”
The Post first covered the laptop story in October 2020, which left the publication locked out of its Twitter account for over two weeks. Since that time, multiple outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post and CBS, many of whom first condemned the story as disinformation, have since authenticated the material from the laptop, some as late as two years later. Even Lemon’s own CNN confirmed the material in a July 2022 report.
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