In an interview on Medium, CNN Tonight anchor Don Lemon spoke candidly about the differences he sees between himself and NBC anchor Lester Holt, who is another high-profile black news journalist.
“We’re both news anchors, but our jobs are different. Lester does a straight newscast every night. I do two hours of mostly just talking to people about the news. Some people are not going to like what I have to say. If I was just sitting there every night, tossing to reporters and packaged stories and then saying good night at the end, there would not be this criticism of me. There would not be so much fodder and people talking about me all the time.”
He added, “But I have the most editorial freedom of anyone [at CNN], considering the time of night and the kind of person that I am.”
Lemon revealed he quit following President Trump on Twitter (the president previously called Lemon “the dumbest man on television”).
He noted he doesn’t generally respond to most of the hate about him. “I have a show that’s on CNN every night. If I have an issue with something, I am free to respond to it there or not. And most of the time I choose not to.”
On the tension between himself, fellow primetime hosts Anderson Cooper and Chris Cuomo, he said: “There’s competition, but it’s not a secret. Everybody is competitive. Everyone wants to put on a good show. Everyone wants the best show and the big story, and everyone wants to be first, but more than first, we want to be accurate and everyone wants to have the higher ratings. I mean, there’s competition amongst siblings. Right. Do you have sisters and brothers? Were you guys competitive? Are they competitive? Do they love each other? Of course.”Follow @CommentaryCNN