Reporting the news and mainly facts seems to upset many CNN viewers. Well that’s the conclusion that many would draw if they read some of the Twitter rants that CNN’s Don Lemon and MSNBC’s and’s commentator Goldie Taylor received following their on-air coverage  “about the social fault lines the Trayvon Martin case has exposed.”
“Please don’t send me any more tweets that by having this conversation, I’m a racist or a race-baiter,” Lemon said during the broadcast. “This is a conversation we all need to have, so relax on that.”

Lemon referenced some of the responses “disgusting” and “ridiculous.” He read one tweet aloud: “Don Lemon, you are a racist. You are fixated on this one issue over and over. We want to hear the news, not your personal agenda. Go work for BET.”

“That was the nice one,” Lemon remarked. “He didn’t call me the n-word.”

Taylor said she has been met with similar responses for discussing the controversy. “I’ve been called the ‘N’ word more collectively, over the last 72 hours than I have my whole life,” she said. “It is amazing to me what people will say with the anonymity of a tweet.”

Lemon asked Taylor to elaborate. “I was checking my Twitter,” she recalled. “And someone said, ‘I’ll shoot you,’ and my response was, “You better be a quicker draw.”

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