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CNN Anchor Don Lemon Favors Use of Racial Slur, Says ‘N-Word’ Lessens Impact

“I think it takes the value out of what that word really means, especially when we are reporting it. And I don’t care what color the reporter is, I think someone should say, ‘That person calls someone n-----’ instead of saying the n-word because I think it sanitizes it.”
-Don Lemon, CNN



CNN Don Lemon favors the use of racial slurs by journalists. Lemon issued his thoughts in response to the heat CNN correspondent Susan Candiotti took after uttering “f***ing n***er” after reading a FaceBook post by 19-year-old Jacob C. England, a suspect in the Tulsa shootings.

She warned listeners before saying the offensive term.

“Please excuse the language, it’s very sensitive,” she said.

Lemon defended Candiotti’s actions by arguing “N-word” lessens the impact of the actual slur.

“I think it takes the value out of what that word really means, especially when we are reporting it,” Lemon said. “And I don’t care what color the reporter is, I think someone should say, ‘That person calls someone n-----’ instead of saying the n-word because I think it sanitizes it.”

Watch clip of Don Lemon defending slur below


Don Lemon and a panel discuss “N-word” fallout from Dr. Laura Schlessinger’s radio rant.

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