Don Lemon Sits Down With CNN – Calls B.S. on Elon Musk’s Free Speech Claims

Don Lemon returned to CNN on Wednesday, March 13, for an interview with Erin Burnett. (Credit: YouTube/CNN)

CNN welcomed ousted anchor Don Lemon back on Wednesday, for an interview on what caused X (formerly Twitter) owner Elon Musk to scrap his new digital talk show on the platform before the first episode even aired.

In a video posted on X Wednesday morning, Lemon said Musk canceled a deal to distribute The Don Lemon Show shortly after the news anchor recorded a “tense” interview with the tech mogul on Friday.

Musk responded with a statement on X Wednesday, criticizing Lemon’s interview style.

“His approach was basically just ‘CNN, but on social media,’ which doesn’t work, as evidenced by the fact that CNN is dying,” Musk wrote. “And, instead of it being the real Don Lemon, it was really just [former CNN leader] Jeff Zucker talking through Don, so lacked authenticity. All this said, Lemon/Zucker are of course welcome to build their viewership on this platform along with everyone else.”

While Lemon can post video of his show on X, the platform won’t promote it or offer any financial or technical support, per Musk.

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On Wednesday night, Lemon sat down for an exclusive interview with CNN anchor Erin Burnett.

Lemon told Burnett he interviewed Musk for 90 minutes and no subject was off the table. He also shared clips from the exchange, that showed him pressing Musk about unchecked hate speech on X.

“I wanted to know if he felt any responsibility, as someone who has one of the largest social media and information platforms in the world, a quarter billion people, I think it’s 455 or 500 million users a week,” Lemon told Burnett.

“And it doesn’t seem that he feels that he has any responsibility with that, because he seemed really averse to facts, that facts did not matter to him. It didn’t matter that he retweeted things that were offensive to people,” he added about Musk.

Lemon said his interview with the tech leader was respectful.

“It wasn’t offensive. And [I asked] did he feel that his platform should have better moderation, because the things that I asked him about were not supposed to be on his platform, according to his own rules, his own content rules, they were supposed to be removed from the platform,” Lemon explained.

He noted that Musk told him X doesn’t “amplify” hate speech.

Lemon’s response, “But it doesn’t matter. They’re there. They’re there in the public forum, and people can find them — photographs or tweets of Jewish people depicting them with big noses, and caricatures of African Americans.”

Lemon slammed Musk, telling Burnett the billionaire has “no accountability” for the racist and antisemitic posts on X.

The former CNN anchor also asked about Musk’s alleged drug use when he sat down with the billionaire.

“I got personal, but I didn’t put that out there. He has spoken very freely about his use of, those are prescription drugs, but about his use of ketamine. I would not have brought it up, but he posted it,” Lemon said.

Musk told him the only reason he was doing the interview was because Lemon had a show on X. “Otherwise, I wouldn’t do it,” Musk said.

The mogul apparently regretted the interview because a short time later he sent a text message saying, “Contract is Cancelled.”

Asked about the future of his new digital talk show, Lemon said he has ownership of the content, and the show will continue as planned.

“They were a distribution partner. So he never was my boss and never had any editorial control of the show,” he said.

Lemon revealed that his contract with the company dictated that they’d have exclusive rights to his talk show for 24 hours, then it could be posted on YouTube and other podcast platforms.

Lemon said the managers at X sought him out and made a lot of promises.

“I took X, I took their managers at their words because they pursued me so hard [and said] that they were going to put me on the platform and give me as much assistance and support as they promised and they did not do that,” Lemon stated.

The Don Lemon Show debuts Monday, March 18 on digital platforms.

You watch Lemon’s interview with Erin Burnett above.

One thought on “Don Lemon Sits Down With CNN – Calls B.S. on Elon Musk’s Free Speech Claims

  1. Sorry about the the cancellation of the contract.
    You know people!
    Perhaps he (Elon Musk) wanted the questions to reference his projects and not be about him personally.

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