CNN’s Don Lemon: ‘I Don’t Want to Be Perfect, I Want to Be Real’

Creative Loafing Atlanta catches up with one of today's most outspoken mainstream journalists.

By Jamilah King Dec 22, 2011

Creative Loafing Atlanta’s got a pretty good profile on Don Lemon, the openly gay CNN anchor who made headlines after coming out as a survivor of childhood sex abuse. Here’s a snippet:

It’s easy to assume that a gay black guy like Lemon is a diehard liberal, until the moment in his book when he gushes about Ronald Reagan or recalls his time involved with Young Republicans in college. He even has plenty of kind words to say about Bill O’Reilly. Maybe those things are something of a put-on; he certainly skews liberal at times. Ultimately, Lemon’s not interested in giving anyone the answers they want to hear, "I’m not concerned with what people think of me," he says. "I mean, I’m a gay black guy. If I can’t ask questions without caring what people think of me, who can?"

"News people are human. They have backgrounds, they have certain lenses, they have certain filters. I don’t believe any newsperson should be ideological or partisan. I think you should always seek to point out the truth and if something is bullshit, it’s bullshit."

It’s an intriguing look at one of the most outspoken of mainstream media’s news anchors. Read the rest over at Creative Loafing.