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CNN’s Don Lemon to Panel: ‘Bull’ to Say Media Has Racial Double Standard on Saying ‘Thug’

Screen Shot 2015-05-19 at 10.43.24 PMThe fatal biker gang meet-up in Texas this week got some talking about a media double standard when it comes to using the word “thug.” People like CNN’s Sally Kohn have argued that the media is quick to label black protesters like the ones in Baltimore “thugs,” but avoids the label entirely when it’s just white people getting violent.

Fox’s Greta Van Susteren dismissed that argument yesterday, but it turns out she has some company in CNN’s Don Lemon.

Lemon brought Kohn, Charles Blow, and Harry Houck on tonight (in a sequel of sorts to their big showdown on the issue earlier). He told Kohn it’s “bull” to say the media has a double standard, because he’s heard plenty of people in the media calling the bikers thugs.

Kohn shot back that they’re only doing so in reaction to the complaints. Lemon, however, argued that when he thinks of a “thug” he thinks of Tony Soprano, not a black person. He insisted, “It has nothing to do with being black or white!”

Blow said that black rioters were “analyzed in every possible way” in Baltimore, but not the bikers. Lemon said that’s because “this is not about race!”

Watch the full segment below, via CNN:

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