Don Lemon is giving his first one-on-one interview since being fired from CNN, and he says he does not believe in “platforming liars and bigots.” Lemon pondered on his “responsibility” as a journalist in a sit-down interview with ABC24, a local news network, and responded to criticism he received for confronting Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy in a contentious on-air interview in April.
“I have a responsibility, not just as a journalist, but as an American, to tell the truth and uphold the promises of the constitution,” he stated. “Because the constitution states that a more perfect union, not a perfect union, is required.” I’m not flawless. No one is, but I believe that in order to fulfill the promise of the constitution, we must fight for what is right. We must fight for the truth.”
When asked about his contentious Ramaswamy interview, Lemon revealed his thoughts on who journalists should and should not interview.
“I don’t believe in platforming liars and bigots and insurrectionists and election deniers and putting them on the same footing as people who are telling the truth, fighting for what’s right, and abiding by the constitution,” he said.
“That would be a failure of journalistic duty.” In terms of his profession, Lemon says he’s “not going to force anything” and is enjoying life with his fiancé, real estate broker Tim Malone. “I’m not going to let other people’s timelines influence me,” he declared. “I know people say, ‘I miss you on TV.'” ‘What are your plans for the future?’
I’m working on it. I don’t have to be hurried. I believe that sometimes people rush to make decisions and end up making the wrong ones.”
Lemon stated in April that he had been sacked from “CNN This Morning,” which he co-anchored for nearly six months alongside Kaitlan Collins and Poppy Harlow.
“My agent informed me this morning that I had been terminated by CNN.” “I am stunned,” he remarked at the time in a Twitter statement. CNN CEO Chris Licht stated in a statement that the network wishes him well and will support him in his future activities, echoing what he said in an email to CNN employees obtained by USA TODAY. “To my CNN colleagues, CNN and Don have decided to part ways.” Don will be remembered as a member of the CNN family for the rest of his life, and we thank him for his contributions over the previous 17 years,” Licht added.