Don Lemon Falsely Claims 'State TV' Fox News Isn't Covering Hope Hicks Resignation


March 1, 2018

CNN's Don Lemon falsely claimed Wednesday night that "Trump TV"–a.k.a. his competitor Fox News–was not covering the recent resignation of White House communications director Hope Hicks.

Lemon's remarks, flagged by RealClearPolitics, came at the end of a panel discussion focused on the announcement of the communications director's resignation.

"I was sitting in my office and was watching all the news channels, right -- Trump TV or state-run TV, they're not even reporting this," Lemon complained, using a common pejorative for Fox News.

"So, Trump supporters, they don't even know about these stories," he continued. "It doesn't even register, that's the amazing thing. We cover all of these things every day."

"The White House imploding behind him, and he's standing there going, 'nothing to see here.' His supporters probably don't even realize the extent of it," Lemon said.

In fact, Fox News first covered the Hicks resignation at 4:40 p.m. EST, shortly after it was first reported by The New York Times.

The network then covered the scandal in every hour afterwards, typically devoting entire segments to the story. Primetime viewers could have listened to Fox's Brit Hume opining on the Hicks announcement, only to switch over to CNN two minutes later and hear from Lemon that Fox was "not even reporting" the scandal.

UPDATE: 3:43 P.M.: Lemon tweeted he "misspoke" and "should have been more specific."