The last few months haven’t been all that great for CNN’s Don Lemon. He was roundly mocked during his Ferguson coverage for reporting that he smelled marijuana, which prompted the Columbia Journalism Review to name him one of the worst journalists of the year.
Now The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart is mocking Lemon and his employer, CNN, for their over the top blizzard coverage.
Stewart mocked Lemon for reporting from a “Blizzardmobile”, since New York had advised all non-emergency vehicles to stay off the streets.
Stewart observed, “when there’s innovation in the field of news gathering, we look to CNN for its worst iteration.”
After mocking Don Lemon for the “Blizzardmobile”, he tore into the anchor for a spat of recent bad reporting.
“Obviously, there is the smell of marijuana in the air,” Lemon said when reporting on civil unrest in Ferguson. This was only part of what caused the Columbia Journalism Review to rank Lemon among the worst journalists of the 2014:
On March 20, he asked guests whether Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 could have been swallowed by a black hole: “I know it’s preposterous, but is it preposterous?” He later compared spanking children to training dogs and probed similarities between the release of US Army POW Bowe Bergdahl and the Showtime series Homeland. When an alleged Bill Cosby rape victim appeared on his show on Nov. 18, he lectured, “You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it…Meaning the use of teeth, right?” Less than a week later, as protests turned violent in Ferguson, MO, he described the scene: “Obviously, there’s a smell of marijuana in the air.” Lemon’s job isn’t easy. But he’s earned a DART for going there. Obviously.
Lemon’s new year doesn’t appear to be much improved from last year, according to critics like Stewart.