Gregg Jarrett, Don Lemon: Fox and CNN Anchors Spar Over Murder Case

Image: Gregg Jarrett, Don Lemon: Fox and CNN Anchors Spar Over Murder Case Gregg Jarrett, left, and Don Lemon

Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 02:13 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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Fox News' Gregg Jarrett and CNN's Don Lemon took their Twitter feud to the airwaves Monday after virtually sparring all weekend over the verdict in the Jordan Davis "loud music" murder case.

On Saturday, a Florida jury convicted Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old white man, of three counts of attempted murder for shooting at a car full of black teenagers in Jacksonville in November 2012, striking and killing 17-year-old Davis. Dunn was reportedly set off by the teens' blaring rap music, though he maintained that he fired his gun in self-defense.

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Dunn got out of the first-degree murder charge against him, however, when the judge declared a mistrial because the jury couldn’t come to a consensus.

Prior to the announcement of the verdict, Lemon appeared on CNN and said he would be "pissed" if the jury did not slap Dunn with a first-degree murder conviction.

"You go over, you start the altercation, and then you can’t deal with it and then you decide to shoot someone, and all of a sudden it’s someone else’s fault that you’re on trial for murder?" he said. "It’s absolutely ridiculous! ... I know people are saying Don Lemon is pissed on Twitter. Yes, I am pissed! I am absolutely pissed!"

After Dunn's fate was sealed, Fox's Jarrett took to Twitter to criticize Lemon's reporting on the case.

Lemon, 47, quickly jabbed back at Jarrett by tweeting, "@Mediaite wow, someone is suffering from a bad case of the michael dunns. Guess my tv's too loud…Mind ur business old man."

On Monday, Jarrett, 58, discussed the Lemon feud a few different times.

"This is an anchor who set aside all measure of objectivity, and he acted, on-air, as judge, jury, and executioner," he said on the air. "Condemning the defendant, saying he was guilty, and it was an open-and-shut case. My goodness."

Jarrett later told Fox News Radio's John Gibson that he may be an old man, but Lemon shouldn’t look down on that, because "I bring to the table a lot of experience that he utterly lacks."

Lemon, not missing a chance to respond, went on CNN Monday night and made a veiled reference to the clash.

"You see old white guys trying to claw their way back from obscurity by attacking other people who speak out against this particular case," he said.

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