You can certainly ignore people who don’t like you but it’s hard to do that when the number reaches 30,000. (Petition signatures to remove Lemon from CNN)
It’s very hard to tell who’s playing who in the CNN and Don Lemon debacle. The lines have become quite blurred when one asks is CNN using Don as a pawn in their ratings game to compete against FOX, align themselves or BOTH with the notorious “news” channel? In addition, are they attempting to do it with the most unlikely candidate, a black (gay) man. For Don this is a dangerous position to be in. Is it possible for a black gay man to be a conservative? If so, I’ve never met one but I have met a few black gay men and women who are completely disconnected from the black community, mostly because of the homophobia, childhood bullying and a lifetime of religious and community rejection. On the other hand, one may also ponder is this a situation where CNN has given Lemon carte blanche to do whatever he wants to do and now they can’t reel him back in.
I have been on urban radio’s case for almost a decade, especially Radio One when it comes to allowing jocks the freedom to be themselves. This is a situation that may clearly change my view on that concept notwithstanding that a station or a news outlet is only as good as the person who directs programming.