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(RepublicanWire.org) – Keith Olbermann is furious CNN demoted Don Lemon Thursday. He called CNN a sh*tshow and trashed new CNN boss Chris Licht.

Keith said, Chris Licht (who, when we worked together at MSNBC, I believed used to eat paste) has now surrounded Don Lemon with an ex-Daily Caller “journalist” and somebody who last month demanded an apology from Biden to Republicans.

“The @CNN Sh*tstorm is here.(And @brikeilarcnn’s cut-and-pasted complaint about Biden’s marines, and doubling and tripling down on this pathetic and hypocritical conservative talking point, did not save her. You can never be sufficiently doctrinaire for TV Fascists like Licht and John Malone)”

Lemon lost his primetime show at CNN amid a shakeup and will be moved to mornings at 6 a.m. 

Joining Lemon will be anchor Poppy Harlow and White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins.

“This demonstrates our commitment to the morning and how important it is to me,” CNN’s new boss Chris Licht said. “The show will set the tone of the entire day, and it will set the tone for the news organization.”

Licht is still searching for a permanent host for the 9 p.m. role that Chris Cuomo had before he was fired and now will fill lemon’s spot as well.

Harlow said, “Don has been one of my closest friends for more than a decade — there for every milestone along the way.

“I’m consistently in awe of Kaitlan’s reporting and the remarkable woman she is. I can’t wait to laugh with them and learn from them each morning.”

Lemon said, “I was honestly floored when Chris Licht asked me to do this, and I’m honored by his belief in me.”

Collins said, “I can’t wait to wake with our viewers and do the news every day.

“So pour a cup of coffee and join us.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – CNN host Don Lemon and former CNN host Chris Cuomo used to do their handoff in primetime as if they were the closest of friends, often telling each other that they had love for the other, but that has changed.

In a demand for arbitration letter directed at CNN Cuomo stuck the knife in the back of both Lemon and CNN anchor Jake Tapper.

“Cuomo had no reason to believe that his assistance to Gov. Cuomo was inconsistent with CNN’s or Turner’s policies nor its expectations, especially given the fact that Zucker and Gollust had encouraged him to do so and had themselves provided advice to Gov. Cuomo. In fact, CNN fostered a culture in which the network’s standards and practices were a constantly moving target, modified at CNN executives’ discretion as they saw fit., and that culture began at the top with Zucker and Gollust,” the letter said.

“As long as Zucker and Gollust believed CNN’s ratings would benefit, they were more than willing to disregard breaches of traditional journalistic standards by CNN personalities, such as Don Lemon and Jake Tapper, or even to engage in blatant breaches of journalistic ethics themselves. There is no better example of this than Zucker and Gollust making an exception to the CNN rule to direct Cuomo to interview his brother several times over the course of three months,” it said.

“Before Cuomo was terminated, Zucker at first claimed that he had been unaware of Cuomo’s discussions with Gov. Cuomo’s aides, when Zucker had done the same thing himself,” it said. “After Cuomo’s termination, Zucker claimed that Cuomo had broken his word and that Cuomo misrepresented the extent of his support for his brother. Other CNN staff joined in the calculated campaign to smear Cuomo and destroy his reputation. Jake Tapper, a CNN anchor, publicly assailed Cuomo’s ethics as a journalist and falsely claimed that Cuomo “threatened” Zucker. Don Lemon, another CNN anchor, falsely claimed that Cuomo had been “found to break with those journalistic standards and then [was] paid handsomely for it.”

In February, Lemon was among those who advised CNN not to give then man he used to call “brother” any pay.

“CNN host Don Lemon advised against paying former host Chris Cuomo a multimillion-dollar severance package, according to multiple sources that have heard a recording of the conversation. During a video conference on Monday, Lemon warned WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar about the negative impact paying Cuomo millions of dollars in severance pay after allegations that Cuomo breached journalist ethics could create at the network, according to The Wall Street Journal,” The Daily Waire reported.

“Did you think about what message it sends to the journalists in the company and also to the larger public that someone can be found to break with those journalistic standards and then get paid handsomely for it?” Lemon reportedly said. “And what is to stop the next person from doing the same thing, and possibly getting compensated for it, by saying, ‘Hey I’m going to spread rumors if you don’t give me this amount of money’?”

In the good old days, CNN offered a podcast titled “The Handoff,” which boasted, “The love viewers witness between CNN’s Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo in the handoff between their shows each night is real. Now they’re stepping out from behind the anchor desk for a weekly conversation where nothing is off limits. With no broadcast clock to hold them back, Chris and Don talk politics and get personal.” The last podcast in the series was released in late November 2021, the month before Cuomo was fired.