CNN’s Don Lemon has been the butt of more than a few jokes over the past year. Most recently, he went out of his way to mention that he smelled marijuana while covering the Ferguson protests.
“Obviously, there is the smell of marijuana in the air,” said Lemon. Now the Columbia Journalism Review has added Lemon to its Worst of the Worst list.
Although other journalists were also criticized, Don Lemon received the dubious “DART” award for his comments, including the one cited above:
On March 20, he asked guests whether Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 could have been swallowed by a black hole: “I know it’s preposterous, but is it preposterous?” He later compared spanking children to training dogs and probed similarities between the release of US Army POW Bowe Bergdahl and the Showtime series Homeland. When an alleged Bill Cosby rape victim appeared on his show on Nov. 18, he lectured, “You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it…Meaning the use of teeth, right?” Less than a week later, as protests turned violent in Ferguson, MO, he described the scene: “Obviously, there’s a smell of marijuana in the air.” Lemon’s job isn’t easy. But he’s earned a DART for going there. Obviously.