Don Lemon gets called out hard for still shilling for vaccines and COVID regulations

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Don Lemon has stayed true to his colors and is still shilling for the media and the government — despite losing his coveted gig on CNN.

He made this clear in an interview on "The Full Send Podcast," where the Nelk boys confronted him with some basic facts about the government’s disastrous COVID policies.

“There’s a certain set of people that no matter what evidence is put in front of them as it pertains to COVID or as it pertains to the border or the economy or anything else — they will still run defense for the system,” Dave Rubin of "The Rubin Report" explains, before showing the embarrassing clip.

One of the Nelk boys accused Lemon of being like Cuomo, very pro- “take the thing, do it,” about vaccines.

“This whole argument about vaccines is a little weird to me because I think people are Monday-morning quarterbacking the idea of vaccines,” Lemon responded sheepishly, adding he thought that “instead of being selfish” people should have been “doing what was best for our fellow man.”

“So, I think that the people who are questioning the use of masks, even in the moment, were being a bit selfish,” Lemon said, before repeating the commonly heard line that “there was no medical evidence that ivermectin could help save people from getting COVID, or prevent them from getting COVID, or had any effect on the COVID-19 vaccine.”

“I believe in medicine, I believe in science, and I believe that my government is looking out for me and trying to do the best for me,” Lemon continued.

“Shouldn’t other people have the right to not take the vaccine and not forced to put something in their body that they didn’t want?” the other Nelk boy asks, adding, “It seemed at the time like media was really shaming people if you didn’t get a vaccine, like it’s your fault.”

“Well, I don’t know if the media was shaming people,” Lemon responded. “If you don’t get the vaccine, then don’t get the vaccine, but don’t expect to be able to do and go places,” he continued before being cut off.

“Like make a living, right?” one of the boys asked.

“I’ve watched that clip a couple of times, and it gets worse each time. I mean, he is on his knees blowing a system that literally fired him,” Rubin comments, shocked.


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'I believe my government is looking out for me': Don Lemon defends COVID response, online censorship in Nelk Boys interview

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Former network host Don Lemon was pressed on his positions about the government's COVID-19 response, online censorship, and the views he expressed as a host on CNN.

Lemon sat down with personalities Kyle Forgeard and Aaron "Steiny" Steinberg from the Nelk Boys, as well as entrepreneur Bradley Martyn for the "Full Send Podcast" that saw tougher questioning than audiences would see on most network news broadcasts.

Lemon faced significant pushback from Martyn and Forgeard regarding his stances on the COVID-19 vaccines and the spread of online "misinformation."

The former CNN anchor's position was that he predominantly believed that the information given by vaccine advocates, health officials, and the government was generally in good faith and had the goal of saving "the most amount of people."

"Did they make mistakes along the way? Absolutely, but that's life," Lemon said. The 58-year-old explained that he thought not getting vaccinated or not wearing a mask was "selfish" and that citizens should have been doing what was best for their fellow man.

'I paid $2,000 for a fake [vaccine card].'

Martyn pushed back, however.

"The COVID vaccine is here now, take it," Martyn summarized the overarching narrative as. "Listening to [Chris] Cuomo speak and what other people are talking about now, they knew there was other methods that people could have done, Ivermectin was one of them."

"I believe in medicine, I believe in science, and I believe my government is looking out for me and trying to do the best for me," Lemon replied. "Scientists, doctors ... if virologists are telling me that this vaccine is safe, and Ivermectin has no effect on the virus, then I'm going to take the vaccine."

Lemon then disagreed with Forgeard when he said the media was shaming people if they weren't vaccinated and that deaths were then the fault of the unvaccinated.

"I think the people were being selfish about that. If you don't want to get the vaccine then don't get the vaccine, but don't be expected to be able to do and go places where people are who got the vaccine."

"And work, and make a living, right?" Martyn interjected. "Couldn't you have seen that the whole legacy media was saying, 'You need this,' and to a lot of people it was like, 'Is this just about protecting and helping people or this about Big Pharma and big business?'"

Lemon called that a "conspiracy theory" and again cited that the virus was "something nobody knew about, something that was new and that was killing people."

After Forgeard and Martyn revealed they did not get vaccinated, and Lemon did, Forgeard noted that he obtained a fake vaccine card.

"I paid $2,000 for a fake one."

'Me, personally, it's not for me to decide, but I think there is an inherent advantage when someone plays in a women's sport and perhaps they are stronger.'

Limiting 'misinformation'

"This was an usual time in the entire world, we don't live in that time now, and things have eased up," Lemon said about online censorship, excusing the removal of opinions he said would have been misinformation.

Martyn pointed out that while Lemon was able to go on network television shows and talk about his opinion on the matter, content creators, himself included, literally could not go online and express countering opinions.

"Some people knew, but they were silenced," Martyn continued. "I can accept [that it's over] but ... it's about the people whose lives were ruined, you can't just go, 'It's over sorry, it's different now.'"

Lemon then tried to compare ruined lives from COVID lockdowns to those who were put in jail for smoking pot.

"I think if people are spreading misinformation and lies ... I believe in freedom of speech, but I think if people are actively spreading misinformation that's going to hurt people and if it's going to put their lives or safety and their health at risk then I think it should be corrected," he added.

"It's just so impossible to find misinformation at such an early stage of a virus, too. Who decides what's misinformation?" Forgeard countered.

Transgender theory

The topic shifted to transgender athletes playing against women, with Steinberg noting that women had a "spectacular year" in sports, only for the South Carolina women's basketball coach to state that men should be able to play in women's basketball.

"Do you think biological men should be able to play in women's sports?" Forgeard asked Lemon directly.

"I think that it should be studied, but I do think ..." Lemon replied.

"What are you studying?" Forgeard asked.

"Physically, men are stronger and faster than women. So, I have questions about it myself. Me, personally, it's not for me to decide, but I think there is an inherent advantage when someone plays in a women's sport and perhaps they are stronger," Lemon clarified.

The answer mirrored many of the former CNN host's replies, which were appeals to authority whether it referred to doctors, health officials, educators, and more.

The latter was used when he was asked about children being taught gender theory in school.

"I don't think there's anything wrong with kids having knowledge," he said about children, citing that he was not an educator, so it wasn't his place to say.

Forgeard asked if that included telling children "they can be whatever gender they want." Lemon compared it to being told that he could be Superman when he was a child.

"We all had very similar things told to us," Lemon retorted.

"Career-wise, not gender-wise," Forgeard clarified.

"I don't believe as a whole that kids are being indoctrinated into anything," Lemon said, citing that he went to Catholic school and still was gay.

The podcasters also asked Lemon to clarify what LGBTQ+ stood for and why gays are grouped in with transgender people. Forgeard remarked Lemon's explanation was easier to understand than that of a transgender person.

"I think the gay people are better spokesman for the trans people, because the trans people are not that good at defending their own issues."

"It takes a gay person to come in and really defend them logically."

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Did Kristi Noem ACTUALLY meet with the 'Little Tyrant' of North Korea?

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The plot has thickened with Kristy Noem’s new memoir — and by “thickened,” we mean it’s gotten weirder.

Not only does the memoir recall the sad story of Noem taking her puppy, Cricket, out back and shooting it, but according to the book, she also met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

“I remember when I met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. I’m sure he underestimated me, having no clue about my experience staring down little tyrants (I’d been a children’s pastor, after all),” Noem wrote.

This has become an issue because it never happened.

When confronted about the lie on the news, Noem replied, “As soon as this was brought to my attention, I certainly made some changes.”

“Wait a minute,” Pat Gray says, shocked. “Brought to your attention? You wrote the book.”

“If it’s a ghost writer that’s responsible for misremembering her stories, then she should have already used that out on the Cricket story, which would have paved the way for an out,” Keith Malinak agrees.

And when Noem was pressed further, asking for confirmation that she did not meet with Kim Jong Un — she chose to keep it weird.

“I’ve met with many, many world leaders, many world leaders. I’ve traveled around the world. I think I’ve talked extensively in this book about my time serving in Congress,” she responded. “I’m not going to talk about my specific meetings with world leaders, I’m just not going to do that. This anecdote shouldn’t have been in the book,” she added.

Gray is disappointed.

“I really like her. This is just so unfortunate,” he says.


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Joe Exotic tells ALL from PRISON: Netflix EXPLOITED feud with Carole Baskin; the two never even met

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Alex Stein was lucky enough to score an interview with the wild Joe Exotic from jail — and it did not disappoint.

But this isn’t his first interview, as Exotic has been seriously making the rounds. Through doing so, he has learned a bit about his old arch nemesis Carole Baskin.

“I did one with the news station out of Tampa, and they interviewed Carole right before they interviewed me, and she is now even saying on television that Netflix exploited the feud that we had going on,” Exotic tells Stein.

According to Exotic, Baskin told the news station that the two “had never met” and the “feud wasn’t as bad as Netflix portrayed it to be.”

Exotic went on to tell Stein that there was a double agent named Ashley working at his park who had gone undercover for Carole.

“She was the one that was testifying on Carole for Carole at my trial, but they wouldn’t let her because they caught her lying, so she never got to testify. But yeah, she’s Carole’s informant,” Exotic says.

When Stein was setting up the interview, he had an exchange with Howard Baskin. Baskin told Stein “there are no hard feelings” between him an Exotic, but he still thinks “he’s a liar.”

“It would be really nice if just one person in the interview media profession actually challenged Joe on all his lies instead of just letting him blather on with nodding heads,” Howard wrote.

“I don’t know what Howard wants me to admit to. I’ve admitted to shooting the Tigers; I don’t know what else to admit to. But I didn’t pay Allen to go kill Carole,” Exotic says.

“Well, and I appreciate that,” Stein says. “That’s why I have your back.”

Exotic has a message for his old friends.

“What I need them to realize though, is in order to move on, they got to remember that I’m a human being, and my parents died, and I’m no longer going to own animals, and it needs to be over. But it doesn’t need to be over that they can move on with their free life, and Joseph finishes a 21-year prison sentence for something he didn’t do,” he tells Stein.

“I think that’s fair,” Stein says.


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Watch: Bill Maher's awkward exchange with Don Lemon prompts Caitlyn Jenner to blast ex-CNN anchor as privileged, wealthy, entitled

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A strange interaction on "Real Time with Bill Maher" prompted transgender celebrity Caitlyn Jenner to criticize Don Lemon as privileged, wealthy, and entitled.

On the most recent episode of "Real Time with Bill Maher," Lemon appeared alongside Scott Galloway – professor of marketing at NYU's Leonard N. Stern School of Business.

The trio were discussing the pro-Palestinian protests at college campuses around the country and how they force students to deal with "discomfort."

Bill Maher quipped about the student's discomfort, "You mean like living in a tent?"

The audience laughed at Maher's joke.

Lemon claimed, "I'm different than you guys. I'm a black gay man, so I live in uncomfortable spaces all the time."

Maher asked, "What's going on? Uncomfortable spaces?"

Lemon replied, "Look, I'm often the only person of color in the room."

Maher then joked, "There's only three of us here, come on."

The crowd then laughed.

Caitlyn Jenner applauded Maher for calling out Lemon and also slammed the ex-CNN anchor as "entitled."

Jenner wrote on the X social media platform, "Good on you Bill Maher Don is a privileged, wealthy, (not to mention entitled ie. Demands to X and CNN in alleged contract terms), celebrity. Get over yourself."

Lemon had a very short partnership with the X social media network to air "The Don Lemon Show." However, Elon Musk canceled the partnership after the first episode aired.

"X is a platform that champions free speech, and we’re proud to provide an open environment for diverse voices and perspectives," the social media network announced. "'The Don Lemon Show' is welcome to publish its content on X, without censorship, as we believe in providing a platform for creators to scale their work and connect with new communities."

X officials did not explain the reasoning for the dissolution of the relationship, only saying that "like any enterprise," they "reserve the right to make decisions" about business partnerships.

Lemon allegedly had a long list of demands in the partnership with X, including a free Tesla Cybertruck, a $5 million upfront payment on top of an $8 million salary, and a private jet trip to Las Vegas with his husband in exchange for hosting his show exclusively on X. Lemon also purportedly commanded an equity stake in the multibillion-dollar company and the right to approve any changes in X policy as it relates to news content.

Lemon was previously fired from CNN in 2023 after he began having divisive moments on the air. Lemon had a tense confrontation about race with former Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy. He also ruffled the feathers of his "CNN This Morning" co-hosts Poppy Harlow and Kaitlan Collins when the 58-year-old host claimed that 51-year-old Nikki Haley was not "in her prime."

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