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February 28, 2014

Don Lemon: Journalists Have to Weigh How Much They Can Criticize President Obama Because He's Black

True. Obviously true. We've seen a level of protectiveness towards Obama that exceeds all previous media flacking for Democratic presidents -- even ones they loved, like Bill Clinton.

Why are supposed truth-tellers so reluctant to tell the truth? Why is Don Lemon's admission of the glaringly obvious only news now, five years into Obama's term?

Video at the link. Here's the key quote:

LEMON: Everyone is being looking to hit him and everyone is looking to punch him, and I understand that, and as a journalist you weigh how much you should criticize the president, because he's black, what have you, but then you have to do it because ultimately you're a journalist. Journalists have to, black people have to, white people, Hispanic. We all must hold him to this because, as he said, it is an issue for the country, not just for one demographic.

He said this in a long (longer than this) response to Jake Tapper. I don't know what Jake Tapper's question actually was, as it's not on the video.

Open Thread and happy weekend.


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