Don Lemon wonders whether "politically correct" liberals aren't "becoming more intolerant than conservatives"

The CNN anchor apparently believes that when you find yourself in a hole, the best way out is to just keep digging


Scott Eric Kaufman
October 30, 2015 5:27PM (UTC)

Don Lemon, likely still reeling from the latest round of criticism of his work, aligned himself with a Wesleyan student who was criticized for writing an article questioning the legitimacy of the #BlackLivesMatter movement for the school newspaper.

Brian Stascavage argued that the "extremists" within the movement were making its moderate supporters appear hypocritical, a dash-cunning argument that's never been used by conservatives to criticize opponents of the status quo ever before in recorded history. His concern for the optics of a movement whose organizing principles he opposes was touching, though, and as someone who regularly feigns objectivity himself, Lemon could certainly sympathize.

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"Have we become so politically correct that it's become impossible to even have productive conversations anymore?" Lemon asked Stascavage. In so doing, Lemon unwittingly aped the way in which Stascavage attempted to circumvent criticism of his argument, i.e. by framing his most offensive suggestions in the form of questions.

"Are progressives being too politically correctness?" Lemon later asked Sellers. "Are [they] more intolerant than conservatives in some ways?"

"I find it ironic that I'm having this conversation with the Don Lemon," Sellers replied, "because you definitely do not believe in political correctness."

"No, I do not," Lemon replied.

Sellers answered by noting that he doesn't think progressives are becoming too politically, and that Republicans -- as evidenced by the performances of the party's candidates in Wednesday night's debate -- certainly maintain a stranglehold on offensiveness.

Watch the entire interview below via CNN.

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Scott Eric Kaufman

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