CNN anchor Don Lemon, who has been outspoken on the issues confronting black Americans, particularly since the verdict of the Zimmerman trial, surprised some viewers this weekend by endorsing Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly’s recent commentary on black culture — and saying the commentary “doesn’t go far enough.”
Later in the hour, Michael Skolnik, editor-in-chief of the pop-culture website Global Grind, didn’t take too kindly to Lemon’s previous segment. “Your comments sound like a conservative preacher on a Sunday,” Skolnik said. “Certainly Bill O’Reilly should welcome you on his show.”
Lemon got plenty of backlash from liberals for his comments — MSNBC contributor Goldie Taylor labeled him a “turncoat mofo.” On Sunday, Lemon discussed the reaction to his comments with ESPN’s LZ Granderson and Republican Ana Navarro, who largely agreed with him.