WATCH: Don Lemon denies notion CNN was liberal

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CNN news anchor Don Lemon attends the WarnerMedia Upfront at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in New York. (Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

WATCH: Don Lemon denies notion CNN was liberal

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Veteran CNN anchor Don Lemon is rejecting the idea that his network has displayed a liberal bias in the past.

Lemon made the comment while speaking about a possible change in CNN’s direction under new CEO Chris Licht with late-night host Stephen Colbert.

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“The word on the street is that you guys aren’t allowed to be liberal anymore,” Colbert said.

“I don’t think we ever were liberal,” Lemon responded. “Chris is saying … that he wants Republicans, sensible Republicans. He wants us to hold people to account.”

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CNN’s new CEO wants a network on which people of all views can “feel comfortable coming on and appearing on CNN,” Lemon explained.

“So, if you invite someone into your house, you want to make them comfortable,” he said. “But, by the nature of what we do, we have to hold people to account. That doesn’t mean we’re going liberal or conservative or whatever. It just means that we are doing what we do, and that’s good journalism.”

Licht himself has rejected the notion that he and CNN’s corporate leaders are trying to attract a more conservative audience.

“One of the biggest misconceptions about my vision is that I want to be vanilla, that I want to be centrist. That is bull****,” Licht said.

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“You have to be compelling. You have to have edge,” he added. “In many cases, you take a side. Sometimes you just point out uncomfortable questions. But either way, you don’t see it through a lens of left or right.”

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