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Megyn Kelly rips Don Lemon over Trump criticism: CNN 'still pretends he is an objective news anchor'
Former Fox News and NBC News anchor Megyn Kelly ripped Don Lemon on Tuesday, saying in a tweet that CNN "pretends he is an objective news anchor."
In her tweet, Kelly linked to a story that included Lemon's criticisms of the way President Trump conducts the White House coronavirus task force briefings.
"CNN still pretends he is an objective news anchor (yeah, sure) while the [mainstream media] recoils in horror at the bias of Fox/[One America News], etc. Who do they think they're kidding?" Kelly tweeted.
Lemon, who has served as a moderator for several of the network's town hall events during the 2019-2020 Democratic primary season and is listed as an anchor on his CNN.com bio, said on "CNN Tonight" on Monday that he feels like Howard Beale, the character from the satiric 1976 movie "Network," after watching the president's task force briefings.
"I have to be honest with you. For the last couple of weeks, when I walk into this building and I get in front of this camera, I swear I feel like I'm in the movie 'Network.' I feel like Howard Beale. Americans are mad as hell. What are you going to - how much more can Americans take?"
"Every single day berating people, lying," Lemon said of Trump. "How much more - How many people have to die?"
Kelly's perspective on Lemon quickly trended Tuesday as a top topic on Twitter.
Trump has frequently battled with reporters during the coronavirus briefings,.
On Monday, he tangled with Kristen Fisher of Fox News and Jonathan Karl of ABC News over questions about a Health and Human Services Inspector General report that found "severe" shortages of supplies at hospitals.
Kelly was a longtime Fox News host before joining NBC News in 2017.