CNN's Don Lemon: 'N--ger' Should Replace 'N-word' in News Reports

As NewsBusters reported earlier, CNN national correspondent Susan Candiotti said "f--king n--ger" on the air Easter Sunday.

Less than 24 hours earlier, CNN's Don Lemon advocated "n--ger" be used during news reports rather than the more politically correct "N-word" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

DON LEMON, ANCHOR: But also, to, when someone calls me like, you know, we talked about the racist tweets that I've been getting in people, I'm getting them now, right?

DEAN OBEIDALLAH, CO-FOUNDER, NEW YORK ARAB-AMERICAN COMEDY FESTIVAL: Don.

LEMON: Yeah.

OBEIDALLAH: I apologize.

LEMON: See? That's the thing. People are like apologizing, why, because you're, because what, you're...

OBEIDALLAH: I sent them to you.

LEMON: Because you are too polite. Because you're too politically correct. You are too polite. This is racism free, so why not say it? Don't feel bad for me. That only motivates me to speak the truth, right? Because you can't -- not everyone is going to agree with you.

And when I said, when I said that word, I'm going to say it again, the N-word, I just wish, I hate saying the N-word. I think it takes the value out of what that word ready means, especially when we are reporting it. And I don't care what color the reporter is, I think someone should say, "That person calls someone nigger," instead of saying the N-word, because I think it sanitizes it.

BUCK DAVIS, DIVERSITY EXPERT: Well, and I think, Don, that you confuse white people when you use the word the N-word, because we're going, "If you can use it, why can't we use it?"

LEMON: No, no, no. I don't mean in that context. I'm not talking about on the street. I hate it in music -- listen. Listen. Hang on. I hate it in music. I hate in those kinds of things. I hate one when it's misogynistic 's and rap and all that. But what I'm saying is in the reporting of a story, you should say the word not to sanitize it.


Although many on both sides of the aisle might agree with this - it is, after all, a somewhat arbitrary determination that this word is too offensive to be used by anyone that isn't black - you still have to ask "Why now?"

For decades n--ger was totally unacceptable.

Now, weeks after the shooting of Trayvon Martin - as the media try to fabricate a race war to assist the reelection of Barack Obama - not only are CNN employees saying n--ger on the air, a CNN host is advocating the previously offensive term be used in all reports rather than the politically correct one.

With racial tensions being ginned up by irresponsible so-called journalists, the N-word suddenly "sanitizes" what n--ger "really means."

As NewsBusters asked hours ago, can "the N-word now be used on CNN" if it dramatizes racism?

Lemon certainly thinks so.

(H/T Pat Dollard)

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.