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Dear CNN: Fire Don Lemon. Or Fire Yourself, PART I: The Ethics Alarms Firing List
Jack Marshall -- ProEthics, Ltd. Jack Marshall -- ProEthics, Ltd.
For Immediate Release:
Dateline: Alexandria , VA
Wednesday, January 09, 2019


Before I discuss why CNN host Don Lemon has to be fired, and he does, I decided to check to see how many times Ethics Alarms had endorsed, recommended or demanded that a particularly unethical employee be fired. There are more than I thought. It’s a fascinating group, though:

  • 18 journalists, almost half
  • 9 political appointees
  • 7 educators: teachers, professors, and administrators
  • 3 performers/ celebrities
  • 2 prosecutors
  • and a mix of others.

Reviewing them, I don’t think any deserved to be fired any more than Don Lemon does after his statements this week.

Here’s the list:

Mike Wise, a Washington Post sportswriter.

ESPN reporter Erin Andrews

Piers Morgan

CNN’s Carol Costello

CBS reporter Major Garrett and Washington Post reporter Suzy Parker

Dr. Deandre Poole,  Florida Atlantic University professor

Teacher Brandi Hutto

Transgender flip-flopping reporter Don/Dawn Ellis

Helpful court clerk Sharon Ellis

Tucker Carlson

Bill O’Reilly

Waitress Dayna Morales

Obama AG Eric Holder

Plagiarizing high school principal Stephen Strachan

Discovery Channel president Paul Lewis,

John Brennan

Yelp employee Talia Jane

Veteran’s Affairs head Robert McDonald

MSNBC host Alec Baldwin

MSNBC host Martin Bashir

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry

New York Times ombudsman Margaret Sullivan

Brian Williams

Donald Trump (!)

Karl Price,  assistant Jefferson County (Kentucky) district attorney

Hero CVS clerk Joe Morici

Ellie Mystal

Kelly Ripa

Harvard President Drew Faust And Dean Rakesh Khurana

Baltimore City Attorney Marilyn Moseby

Sally Yates

Michael Flynn

James Comey

Anthony Scaramucci

Coleen Campbell, Philadephia TV news reporter

Trinity College Professor Johnny Eric Williams

Washington Post writer Fredrick Kunkle

College administrator Catherine Gregory

MSNBC’s Joy Reid

Red Sox minor leaguer Michael Chavis

Roseanne Barr

Scott Pruitt

California State University professor Randa Jarrar

Ryan Zinke

High school principal Lisa Mars

Dr. Lara Kollab

That’s 46. I’m sure some names are missing; I also didn’t include all of the many male executives and others who were fired for sexual assault and harassment—Harvey Weinstein, Roger Ailes, Matt Lauer, Louis C.K., Keven Spacey,  Les Moonves, Garrison Keiilor, et al.—since those egregious cases required no endorsement or even much analysis.

I’ll add Lemon to the list in Part II, coming up soon. I already suggested to CNN that he should be at least suspended for being drunk on the air; he wasn’t, and now, probably correctly, he regards himself as untouchable, especially since he’s black, gay and CNN no longer has standards.

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