Below is video of CNN’s Don Lemon proving he has absolutely no idea what the difference is between an automatic and semi-automatic firearm. In other words, Don Lemon, a star anchor at a major cable news network that regularly covers the issue of guns, is wholly ignorant of the difference between a firearm that is legal and a firearm that is illegal.
This is not a “Saturday Night Live” skit; this is Don Lemon reporting Wednesday night from Ferguson, Missouri, for CNN.
Let’s call this LemonSplaining:
Lemon is not being challenged on a factoid involving rocket science. The difference between an automatic and semi-automatic is not some elusive, mercurial secret like why Jeff Zucker would renew the contract of a ratings loser like Erin Burnett.
Automatic: You hold down the trigger and round after round after round fires until you are either out of rounds or release the trigger. Without a super special double secret permit, this type of firearm is highly illegal.
Semi-automatic: One pull of the trigger fires off a single round.
This is jaw-dropping ignorance on the part of Don Lemon, but certainly not the first we have seen from an urbanite CNN anchor mouthing off on a subject they obviously know nothing about. CNN morning anchor Carol Costello has frequently made a laughingstock of herself and the network with her ignorance of the basic tenets of Christianity.
Why are people who know nothing about a subject allowed to pose as experts while reporting on it?
The answer is simple: The media are no longer about facts (See: Zimmerman, George). The media are about politics. When Don Lemon is holding a Starbucks latte and a copy of The New Republic, he’s simply incapable of finding his backside with two hands… or Googling. But that doesn’t matter. All that matters is that Lemon is an identity-politics’ obsessed, gun-hating lefty.
That’s what CNN wants — not someone who knows the bare minimum about the subjects he reports on.
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