It is not a good week for CNN and it appears that it is not about to get any better for the flailing network.
As many are aware, the trial for actor Jussie Smollett is currently in court and the American people are learning more details behind the incident that landed him six counts of felony disorderly conduct.
One of the juiciest revelations came from Smollett’s testimony, where he revealed that he and CNN anchor Don Lemon had exchanged texts in the weeks following the “attack”.
Smollett testified that Lemon provided him a “heads up” that law enforcement investigators were beginning to question the legitimacy of his story.
It is not clear how Don Lemon obtained that information.
However, if the media’s behavior during the Russian Collusion narrative is any indication of how things work around there, you can probably figure that one out.
Fox News has been reporting on the ongoing courtroom activity:
Jussie Smollett, on trial for allegedly staging a hate crime against himself, testified Monday that he had correspondence with CNN’s Don Lemon during the early parts of the Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) investigation into the incident.
Smollett, 39, testified that he received a text from Lemon, supposedly relaying information that the CPD didn’t believe Smollett’s account of what happened, Fox News’ Matt Finn reported from the Windy City courthouse.
Reps for CNN and Lemon did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Lemon told his viewers at the time that the story was “personal” since he and Smollett had been acquaintances and were in constant communication since the alleged incident and that Smollett told Lemon what he said had happened to him, which he admitted raised lots of questions.
He stressed that while Smollett is “innocent until proven guilty,” he still “squandered the good will of a whole lot of people” if his story wasn’t true.
“He even lied to a lot of people… including me. And that’s not cool,” Lemon said to his viewers. “He squandered the good will of very high-profile people who one day may be running this country like Kamala Harris and Cory Booker and people like President Trump.”
Monday’s court testimony also saw Smollett testify that an interview he gave to “Good Morning America” was heavily edited.
“Every breath, every emotion is chopped so you really can’t understand it,” Smollett said of the sit-down conversation.
Smollett further pressed that he turned down an Alicia Keys invitation to perform on stage during the Grammys because he wanted to perform as a singer and not as a singer who was beaten up, according to Finn.
.@donlemon doesn't think it's @JussieSmollett's fault he's already lost in the "court of public opinion." Thinks maybe he got bad advice. He also says @RobinRoberts did a "terrific" job interviewing Smollett.
I wish, I wish to God, I was making this up. pic.twitter.com/wgPe6sXQyL
— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) February 21, 2019
Why were Don and Jussie texting in the first place? Seriously? Yes, anyone can be friends but this seems like much more than just a simple friendship.
At 10-to-midnight, @DonLemon and @OmarJimenez finally discuss the Jussie Smollett trial. But neither "journalist" mentioned how Smollett testified under oath that Lemon tipped him off to police skepticism of his hoax claims. The whole segment lasted 5 minutes and 7 seconds. pic.twitter.com/fNpgiY9o3J
— Nicholas Fondacaro (@NickFondacaro) December 7, 2021
Man, all I know is that I would HATE to be Jeff Zucker right now.