March 1, 2018

This Is a Lemon: CNN Host Falsely Claims Fox Didn’t Cover Hope Hicks’ Departure From the White House

CNN’s Don Lemon has resorted to denigrating the cable news channel which continues to leave his network in the dust. People in sales know that the risky strategy of tearing down your opponent might work when your criticism is true, but that the tactic is poisonous if you’re lying. Lemon’s brazen Wednesday lie, only sort-of walked back, that Fox News completely failed to cover Hope Hicks’ departure from the White House, was yet another serious blow to what little remains of the network’s credibility.

Lemon’s claim came near the end of a 13-minutes discussion on Hicks. He ridiculed Fox as “Trump TV” and “state-run TV” (story h/t: Washington Examiner):


DON LEMON: I was sitting in my office, and was watching all of the news channels. I – Trump TV, or state-run TV, they’re not even reporting this. So Trump supporters, they don’t even know about these stories. It doesn’t even register.

That’s the amazing thing. We cover these things every day. The White House imploding behind him, and he’s standing there, going “Nothing to see here.” But his supporters probably don’t even realize the extent of it.

Folks at Fox and elsewhere were stunned that Lemon told such an easily refuted lie.

Videos seen at Real Clear Politics show that the network addressed the Hicks story at least seven times Wednesday afternoon and evening (links):

FOX News Covers Hope Hicks Resignation: Cavuto, The Five, Special Report, MacCallum, Tucker, Hannity

  1. FOX News White House correspondent John Roberts broke the news on the 4pm ET hour of Your World with host Neil Cavuto.
  2. The Five topped the 5pm hour of their show with a breaking news banner of Hicks’ resignation and had Roberts on to discuss.
  3. Roberts and Chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reported on the 6pm hour of Special Report.
  4. (Later in the show) The Special Report panel discussed (it).
  5. David Bossie discussed (Hicks) with The Story host Martha MacCallum during the 7pm hour.
  6. Tucker Carlson talked about the news on the 8pm hour of his FOX News Channel show.
  7. Anthony Scaramucci shared his reaction on the 9pm hour of Hannity.

Roberts’ tweeted reaction (yes, in all caps): “… CLEARLY SOMEONE IS NOT WATCHING FOX, BUT SAYING THEY ARE.”

Lemon published the following weaselly tweet Thursday afternoon:


Note the absence of any “specific” expression of regret, and the lack of any attempt to be “more specific,” despite having over 150 remaining characters. Lemon’s failure to unconditionally admit error and to express regret is more contemptible than his original lie.

As to the press’s umpteenth claim of Trump administration “implosion,” the Heritage Foundation and other center-right observers and watchdogs are probably saying, “If this is an implosion, keep it going”:

Trump has implemented 64 percent of the “unique policy recommendations” from the group.

At this stage of his presidency, Reagan had completed 49 percent of the Heritage policy recommendations.

“We’re blown away,” (Heritage’s Thomas) Binion said in an interview. Trump, he said, “is very active, very conservative, and very effective.”

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