It’s a dubious honor for CNN’s gay news anchor Don Lemon, one of the news network’s most recognizable anchors.
The highly regarded Columbia Journalism Review recapped the year’s ‘most cringe-worthy news blunders’ which included the out 48-year-old co-host of CNN Tonight because of a series of controversial or inane questions and comments that made headlines this year.
David Uberti, the Review’s fellow wrote in a post why Lemon deserves to be ranked along with other missteps in journalism this year.
‘As one of the most recognizable anchors on CNN, Don Lemon has helped lead the cable network’s coverage of the biggest stories of the year. Live television is exceedingly difficult to produce, of course, but Lemon’s gaffes this year offer a case study in how to choose words wisely — or not.’
Uberti highlighted several controversial comments made by Lemon including telling an alleged rape victim of Bill Cosby, ‘You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you don’t want to do it… Meaning the use of teeth, right?’
The anchor also pondered whether Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was swallowed by a black hole.
And while reporting the Ferguson protest, he commented, ‘Obviously, there’s a smell of marijuana in the air as well.’
Also included in the list is the Rolling Stone magazine, which has since acknowledged serious missteps in its feature report on an alleged University of Virginia campus rape since its publication. Notably the reporter didn’t contact the alleged perpetrators of Jackie’s rape to get their side of the story.
‘The disintegration of the magazine’s visceral campus rape story from Nov 19 wins this year’s media-fail sweepstakes,’ Uberti wrote.
See the list here.