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Penn Jillette on the Battle Over 'Religious Freedom' Bills: You Don't Have to Engage in Gay Sex - VIDEO


CNN host Don Lemon, joined by Alliance Defending Freedom's Kristen Waggoner, ACLU's Rita Sklar and comedian Penn Jillette earlier this week, discussed the growing battle over "religious freedom" laws that have popped up in states like Indiana, Arkansas and Georgia recently. 

Jillette put his comedic spin on the situation, saying:

"I don't want to misrepresent myself as an expert, but there is more to gay sex than cake and flowers...We have to make sure we don't get too crazy in the hypotheticals. We are not talking about forcing people to engage in gay sex or even endorse gay sex. We're asking them that maybe they can treat people the same as other people and that does not seem unreasonable."

Waggoner attempted to compare Indiana's original, "unfixed" #RFRA law with the federal 1993 law, while Sklar pointed out the anti-LGBT animus driving much of the push for these types of bills.


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CNN's Don Lemon Let a 'Bulls--t' Slip Out On-Air This Morning: VIDEO


In a CNN discussion earlier about Bill O'Reilly's spat with Mother Jones regarding his war zone recollections, anchor Don Lemon provided some uncensored reporting on O'Reilly's colorful thoughts on the matter.

Said Lemon:

"He says it's 'total bullsh--t.' BS, excuse me. Total BS. Pardon me I did not mean for that to come out."

Following the segment, Lemon apologized profusely to viewers for the slip.


Lemon's previous on-air gaffes were documented by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, who last year named him to the "Worst Journalism of 2014" list.  

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Nerd Out With CNN's Quiz Show: Presidents Edition - VIDEO


CNN debuted its new "Quiz Show" on Monday night with a special Presidents Edition in honor of President's Day. The show, hosted by silver fox Anderson Cooper, saw three teams of two CNN anchors face off against each other for prize money to go to the charities of their choice. The contenders? Jake Tapper and Alisyn Camerota, Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon, & Erin Burnett and John Berman. 

BEYONCEThe show had its fair share of funny and awkward moments. After Lemon buzzed in randomly, Cooper retorted, "You can't ring in Don, there wasn't even a question there." Anderson then quipped that trying to get the anchors to focus on the task at hand was like "herding cats."

There was even some shade to be had. Responding to a question about which famous singer had not sung at a Presidential Inauguration, Jon Berman responded Beyoncé, which Cooper noted was incorrect (Queen Bey performed at President Obama's 2012 inauguration). Not so said, Berman--"She lip synced."

Twitter, meanwhile, had its fair share of fun at the anchors' expense. Jake Tapper won nerd points across all platforms.

Watch the show in its entirety, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Don Lemon Named to 'Worst Journalism of 2014' List By Columbia Journalism Review

LemonOut CNN anchor Don Lemon has been named one of the worst journalists of 2014 by the Columbia Journalism Review, a publication of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. 

Writes David Uberti over at the CJR blog Darts & Laurels:

Live television is exceedingly difficult to produce, of course, but Lemon’s gaffes this year offer a case study in how to choose words wisely — or not. 

On March 20, he asked guests whether Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 could have been swallowed by a black hole: “I know it’s preposterous, but is it preposterous?” He later compared spanking children to training dogs and probed similarities between the release of US Army POW Bowe Bergdahl and the Showtime series Homeland. When an alleged Bill Cosby rape victim appeared on his show on Nov. 18, he lectured, “You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn’t want to do it…Meaning the use of teeth, right?” Less than a week later, as protests turned violent in Ferguson, MO, he described the scene: “Obviously, there’s a smell of marijuana in the air.”

Other winners of the dubious award this year include 60 Minutes, Fox and FriendsNew York magazine, Breitbart News, and Rolling Stone for its University of Virginia campus rape story.

Check out the full list here

St. Louis Cop Retires On Full Pension Following Vile Homophobic Rant - VIDEO

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Dan Page, a St. Louis police officer who was last month suspended after a homophobic, racist, misogynist and Islamophobic video came to light, has retired on his full pension and benefits, reports New York.

Discussing what he sees as the persecution and prosecution of Christians in the U.S. today, Page said:

“There are three phases that a society goes through. One is persecution. That means your faith is being challenged, everybody mocks you, everybody ridicules you. They stand for nothing. If you stand against sodomy and abortion - you are a terrorist ladies and gentlemen. The next phase is prosecution. There's a couple out there in New Mexico that are being prosecuted and put out of business and were arrested because they refused to take pictures of sodomites. What about my freedom of religion from that? And the military right now - you have open sodomy. People holding hands, swapping spit together. It's sick. It's pitiful.”

Page, who first caught the media’s attention when he pushed CNN anchor Don Lemon during a demonstration in Ferguson, decided to retire in order to avoid an internal review set to begin last week.

However, despite his vile rant, the 35-year veteran is expected to receive his full pension and benefits.

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Don Lemon Gets Pushed Around by Police In Ferguson, Missouri: VIDEO


Out gay journalist Don Lemon was in Ferguson, Missouri yesterday to cover the protests in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown. While live on CNN, Lemon was seen being physically pushed by police officers. Meanwhile, reports continue to file in about excessive force being used by law enforcement against protesters. Mediaite reports: 

“We’ve been standing here all day,” Lemon continued to report as the officer moved him and other protesters back.

“We’ve got rights!” a woman behind him screamed.

“I’m not going to resist a police officer,” Lemon said and he moved backwards. “Now you see why people are so upset here, because we have been here all day,” he added. “We’re on national television. So imagine what they are doing to people when you don’t see on national television, the people who don’t have a voice like we do.” 

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