On August 24th, 2020, CNN anchor Don Lemon made an unforgettable statement on live television that has been labeled by many as the “dumbest thing ever said on CNN”. During a segment on his show, Lemon was discussing the recent protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and made a claim that the protests had been peaceful until the shooting of Jacob Blake. He then went on to cite Google as his source for this statement.
Lemon’s comment quickly became a viral moment on social media, with many people mocking the anchor for citing Google as his source. Lemon responded to the criticism with a humorous tweet, writing “I guess I should have said ‘according to my Google search’ #DontBelieveEverythingYouRead”.
The incident has sparked a larger discussion about the importance of fact-checking in the media, and the dangers of relying on Google searches for information. While it’s easy to laugh off Lemon’s mistake, it serves as an important reminder that journalists need to be extra vigilant when it comes to verifying the accuracy of their sources.
In the wake of the incident, Lemon has since apologized for his comment and clarified that he was not trying to discredit the protests. He also noted that he was not trying to downplay the seriousness of the situation in Kenosha, and that he was merely trying to provide context to the conversation.
Regardless of Lemon’s intentions, his statement has become a cautionary tale for journalists everywhere. While Google searches can be a helpful tool for finding information, they are not a reliable source for news. Journalists must take the time to verify the accuracy of their sources and ensure that they are providing accurate information to their viewers.