Things are getting testy between news anchors on CNN.
After an odd exchange between the network’s Don Lemon and Jake Tapper, Lemon’s microphone appeared to get cut off.
CNN Newscom anchor Brooke Baldwin brought both Lemon and Tapper on to provide analysis of President Barack Obama’s eulogy at the Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s funeral in Charleston, South Carolina, on Friday.
Tapper said the speech reminded him of when then-candidate Obama campaigned in 2007 and 2008 at black churches during his first presidential bid.
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Lemon disagreed, saying Obama was more careful in his remarks back then but now that he has no future campaign to worry about, he is free to “not care anymore.” To Lemon, the president seemed to be “preaching to the country,” which represented a difference between then and now.
Tapper responded, “I’m just going by reporting. I covered him on the campaign trail for two years and then at the White House for four, so, I mean, Don can think whatever he wants.”
Tapper began talking over Lemon when Lemon attempted to explain further, and a short while later Lemon’s mic was cut.
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