Thursday night, after CNN host Chris Cuomo's debate with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, fellow anchor Don Lemon voiced concern that having the prominent Trump backer on for extended interviews is "a disservice" to viewers.
"I don't get anything out of it. It's just you two guys arguing back and forth. I don't think its substance," Lemon said.
"This is how I feel. OK?" Lemon said. "Do what you want, but she never answers a question. She berates you. She is condescending. She uses our network to give her talking points. For me, it feels beneath the dignity of this network to have someone on who just constantly lies and misconstrues things and I feel like having someone on like that is giving them a platform that they have not earned."
"When you come on CNN, you have an obligation to be honest to the American people. You can give your opinion. You can give your take, but it is a privilege to come on this network and speak to the American people," he continued. "If I had her on, which I probably wouldn't, because I don't think she ever answers a question, give her 10 or 15 seconds, let her answer, she doesn't, I say you're not going to answer it and then move to the next question. Because she just doesn't. I don't get anything out of it. It's just you two guys arguing back and forth. I don't think its substance."
"If I held that standard, I'd have very few people on this show," Chris Cuomo replied. "And by the way, it's not a coincidence that Hannity and Maddow have so few guests. OK? If you're going to limit who you have on this show to the people who only answer the questions and are truthful, you're going to be alone... She is the president's first choice for his defense. I believe he gets that right. That if this it who you want to put out to defend you, fine... If this is who he wants to come on, I want my audience to see what he believes his best defense to be. I get the frustration. It's frustrating for me, too."