Rush Limbaugh mocks CNN’s Don Lemon for being gay

The talk radio celebrity forgets that, in 2014, pointing out someone is gay is not a clever dig

Topics: don lemon, CNN, Rush Limbaugh, flight 370, Homophobia, LGBT, LGBT Rights, donald sterling, , ,

Rush Limbaugh mocks CNN's Don Lemon for being gayRush Limbaugh (Credit: AP/Chris Carlson)

To many, CNN’s Don Lemon is a competent anchor who sometimes says very silly things (especially when he’s forced to cover the same story for literally days on end, despite the lack of new developments). He may not be his generation’s Edward Murrow, but he’s a professional.

To Rush Limbaugh, however, Don Lemon is someone “who sleeps with men, proudly.”

Limbaugh made sure to remind everyone that Lemon is not ashamed of his sexuality in response to the CNN host’s earlier criticisms that the talk radio star’s theories about Donald Sterling showed him to be a “stunt king.”

This, apparently, was a criticism that Limbaugh, a man who routinely says offensive or ridiculous things that he doesn’t fully believe in order to get attention, could not bear.

After railing against CNN for taking his anti-Obama Donald Sterling conspiracy theories seriously, Limbaugh asked, “How did they get there?”

“I don’t know how they get there,” he continued. He then went on to take a shot at Lemon, obliquely referencing Lemon’s earlier remark that a black hole was possibly the blame for the disappearance of Malaysian Flight 370.

“Erin Burnett played the sound bite,” Limbaugh said, “and then went to Mr. Black Hole himself, Don Lemon — who sleeps with men, proudly — for comment.”

This leaves us wondering: Would a public pronouncements of homophobia count as a “stunt”?

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a staff writer at Salon, focusing on politics. Follow him on Twitter at @eliasisquith, and email him at

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