Is Don Lemon too good for CNN? [video]

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imageLeave it to Jon Stewart and “The Daily Show” to notice a trend and milk it. Last week, the show met its own hilarity standard by compiling clips of the newly out Don Lemon openly dissing the schlock that fills the gaps on his Atlanta-based network.

“Every so often a news anchor ends up becoming a story,” Stewart says by way of introduction (top photo). “Dan Rather roughed up on the floor of the Democratic Convention, Marv Albert having a sex scandal, Barbara Walters causing the destruction on the Hindenburg. But lately watching CNN I’ve noticed something newsworthy maybe brewing there as well.”

And it isn’t Lemon’s (bottom photo) coming out story as a gay man. Stewart kicked off “CNN anchor appears to not care for CNN” with a clip of Lemon dismissing a segment about a study calculating the real-life cost of Harry Potter’s education. And it didn’t stop there. In fact, Stewart makes a good case, and Lemon’s penchant for hard-hitting journalism doesn’t surprise us.

image“I’ve always felt a responsibility to ask the right questions. I’ve always held people’s feet to the fire,” Lemon told Project Q Atlanta in advance of his book appearance at Outwrite (view photos), where he told fans “It’s time to be real.” Apparently, that statement applies to CNN as well.

Stewart even suggested CNN create a new segment to showcase Lemon’s hardline questions and less-than veiled implications that the network could step it up. The name? “Lemon Harangue.” Love it.

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