CNN's Don Lemon to Undergo 'Formal Training' Following Nikki Haley Remarks

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The Facts

  • CNN host Don Lemon will undergo "formal training" before returning to the network's This Morning breakfast show, after making controversial on-air remarks about Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley last week.

  • Lemon made the remarks last Thursday alongside female co-hosts Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins in response to comments from Haley in which she called for "mental competency tests" for politicians over 75 years old — swipes at current and former US presidents Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

The Spin

Narrative A

After losing his solo primetime show due to poor ratings, Lemon has been taking out his frustration on his female colleagues by repeatedly interrupting them, correcting them, and trying to hog the limelight. This latest episode is just the most recent example of his chauvinism and sexism which CNN had, before this higher profile incident, done nothing to stop.

Narrative B

While Lemon's comments are undoubtedly sexist, they are a huge gift to Haley and right-wing pundits, evident in the fact that Haley is already using the clip in ad campaigns. Right-wing media is just claiming to care about sexism while at the same time profiteering from it.

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