*This moment happened today in Ferguson – Don Lemon’s CNN interview with Talib Kweli that went off the rails after Lemon tried to interrupt the rapper in the middle of a point.
Kweli told Lemon he came to Missouri partially because “the media has been doing a horrible job of making sure that the stories get out in the right way.” Offended, Lemon tried to defend CNN’s coverage.
Kweli offered a recent CNN headline as an example —”Ferguson streets were calm until bottles fly”—arguing that the police should have been mentioned in the headline as the agitators.
Lemon tried to remind the artist that he can only speak from his own perspective, but Kweli refused to let him interject, even threatening to end the interview if he wasn’t allowed to finish his point.
When Lemon suggested that listening is part of having a conversation, this exchanged followed:
KWELI: Let me explain something. I would listen to you if you had the decency—let me finish—if you had the decency to greet me.
LEMON: I do have the decency. I invited you to come on CNN.
KWELI: Let me tell you what happened. You didn’t invite me. Nicole invited me, first of all. You came up—you didn’t even say nothing to me. You were on your phone the whole time. You asked how to pronounce my name. You have no respect for who I am.
Lemon was finally able to get a word in, but circled back to Kweli’s accusation that he didn’t greet him properly:
LEMON: As far as you saying, me coming up—I have a job to do. What I’m doing on television is in this phone. I’m reading—hang on—I’m reading—
KWELI: I would have the respect to greet you if I had never met you before, brother. To say, “How are you doing? It’s nice to meet you.”
LEMON: I said, “How are you doing.”
KWELI: No you did not.
LEMON: I did.
It went back and forth like this for a while, but the two eventually worked it out and ended with a laugh and a handshake.