Don Lemon, the CNN host, denied during an interview that the network is 'fake.' He was talking about a documentary about the riot that happened at the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
During the interview, Lemon was asked about the riot that occurred at the Capitol. He said he was not sure how the incident played out, but disputed Andrew Callaghan's claims that CNN is fake.
Callaghan had noted that various networks, such as CNN and Fox, compete for viewers' attention in the 24-hour news cycle, using fear and division to try and get the most eyeballs.
Despite Lemon's claims, several anchors and analysts of CNN cited the discredited Steele Dossier, which claimed that Donald Trump's presidential campaign coordinated with Russia. Jim Sciutto, the network's host, defended the document on multiple occasions.
Ralph Peters, a CNN analyst, cited the Dossier during an appearance in 2019. The Washington Post also deleted and corrected some of its articles based on the document in November 2021.
During an appearance in 2019, Erin Burnett of CNN cited the Steele Dossier as an example of how Republicans funded it.
In the aftermath of violent confrontations between white nationalists and left-wing groups in August 2017, CNN did not refer to violence by the groups known as Antifa. The incident occurred in Virginia during a protest against the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee.
During the 2020 Wisconsin riots, which followed the police-involved shooting of a man, CNN reported that they were peaceful. A correspondent was also reportedly in front of a building that caught on fire.
During an interview, Lemon also claimed that he warned Jussie Smollet, who was a former member of the cast of Empire, about the police's doubts about his story about being the victim of a hate crime. In December 2021, a jury convicted him of lying.
All of this makes Don's claim that CNN is anything but fake very hard to believe.