CNN News Anchor Don Lemon Claims He Would Have Pursued A Career Of Being A Civil Rights Activist
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The CNN news anchor revealed in the New York Times magazine, that if he weren’t a journalist, he would have pursued a career similar to that of Malcolm X.
Last month, Lemon earned criticism after a heated on-air debate with former federal prosecutor Sunny Hostin, about a viral clip of a South Carolina high school student assaulted by a police officer.
His comments -- in which he insisted on the need for additional information before passing judgement on the officer's actions -- resulted in a Change.org petition requesting his removal from the network.
According to the 49-year-old, his approach to covering
Lemon added that he may have decided a career as an advocate for social change -- citing the career of Malcolm X -- if he didn’t pursue journalism.
“Instead of being offended or defensive or whatever, I try to be curious about why that person feels that way, why someone has that particular opinion.”
From his eyebrow raising comments on the New York City “stop-and-frisk” policy to the missing Malaysian Airlines flight, Lemon said that there is a method to his journalistic approach.
The 49-year-old Louisiana native added, “I am setting out to inform people and to get people to think. I do think my career has been helped, because part of my job is to get people to have discussions.”