Talib Kweli On CNN

In the past week and a half, plenty of artists have had plenty to say about the tragic killing of Michael Brown and the clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. Talib Kweli has been there for a few days, and earlier today, he became the latest to appear on CNN, speaking with Don Lemon, the network’s face on the ground and the target of many who feel that the network’s coverage is too soft on police. During his seven-minute interview with Lemon, Kweli started out by saying that Twitter has been doing a better job covering the protests than the mainstream media has, and when Lemon tried to step in to defend CNN’s coverage, Kweli went off on him. Kweli wasn’t a dick about it, and he stayed controlled and incisive the whole time, but he called out Lemon on everything from the wording of the articles on CNN’s website to Lemon’s own interview demeanor. Check it out below.

That’s the most I’ve enjoyed Kweli since the “Get By” remix.

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  1. well that was hard to watch

  2. Talib spent as much time upset about Don supposedly not greeting him as he did talking about a supposed error in a CNN article. Talib also initially said CNN and media like it were run by a white supremacist view, but when Don challenged him that the CNN article he was bashing was one of hundreds if not thousands, and his perspective was not the only one relevant to what happened that night, Talib said he knew the “error” in the article wasn’t intentional. So which is it, is it unintentional, or a white supremacist view? Don more than held his own.

  3. That interview contained about 1 min of actually talking about the riots and the rest bounced around from how it’s being covered to how you should properly greet someone to how balanced conversations work to how busy it is to be Don Lemon. Let’s say we try that again?

  4. Can’t all be Killer Mike.

  5. this is like watching a high school couple fight. they literally spent half this “interview” arguing about who’s turn it was to talk

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