CNN anchor Don Lemon got salty on the air this weekend when a panelist on his show took a page out of President Trump's book and accused the network of spreading "fake news." Paris Dennard, who was President George W. Bush's Director of Black Outreach, invoked the phrase during a discussion of the cost to American taxpayers of protecting Trump and his family during their frequent vacations (a cost which, in Trump's first month in office, has nearly totaled as much as the first year of Obama's administration).
All of the panelists were immediately rankled by Dennard's use of the phrase (which is widely interpreted as an attack on the free press), but Lemon seemed to take it personally–no surprise, considering that CNN is Trump's favorite target. The anchor pointed out that Dennard agreed to appear on the segment knowing that this was the topic of discussion, and gave him a chance to explain further without using the FN-phrase. When Dennard immediately used it again, Lemon cut him off and ended the segment entirely. And just like that, a viral video was born.