Talib Kweli blasts Don Lemon for CNN's Ferguson coverage: "That’s not what happened"

The hip-hop star and activist criticizes the media coverage of Ferguson protests and the CNN host takes offense

Published August 21, 2014 8:20PM (EDT)

Talib Kweli    (CNN)
Talib Kweli (CNN)

"We live in a world that's run by white supremacy and that's the narrative and the language ... that has taken over," Talib Kweli told CNN's Don Lemon during a heated interview from Ferguson, Missouri, referencing what he perceived to be media bias.

The rapper and activist's words evidently didn't sit well with Lemon, who tried to defend his network's around-the-clock coverage of Ferguson since Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson on Aug. 9. Lemon immediately attempted to refute Kweli's claim, cutting him off mid-sentence.

"Well, I disagree with that, especially with our coverage," Lemon replied. "I think we have been doing really great coverage. People in the community are actually coming up commending us on our coverage, saying that it’s balanced ... I don't think the entire media has been bad."

Kweli, who had flown to Missouri to support the "people on the ground," immediately countered Lemon's point, noting an article currently displayed on CNN’s website characterizing the protests as “calm until the bottles fly.”

“That’s not what happened," said Kweli, who then tried to articulate specific parts of the article he felt were inaccurate. Lemon interrupted the rapper once again -- in fact several more times -- before Kweli walked away from the camera, stating, "We don't have to have an interview if you're not going to let me talk."

He continued: "You're interrupting me and telling me you're going to let me talk ... I'm only telling you my perspective. Can I finish telling you my perspective and then you can respond? Because that's how you have a conversation."

Here is the whole exchange as seen on CNN:

(H/T: Mediaite)

By Ian Blair

Ian Blair is a writer living in New York City. Follow him on Twitter: @i2theb.


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