CNN anchor Don Lemon was never one to shy away from a tough question.
I’ve watched him when he sat in for Erin Burnett while she was out on maternity leave - and was impressed with his interview style.

However, as one former program director of mine once said, “your greatest strength could be your greatest weakness.”

And in the case of Lemon, that might have been on display Tuesday night when he was interviewing alleged Bill Cosby rape victim Joan Tarshis, one of a slew of women who alleged to have been sexually assaulted by the comedian.

According to this exchange, Lemon, prefacing that he didn’t mean to be cruel, pushed Tarshis by asking:

"You said this last night, that… you lied to him and said 'I have an infection, and if you rape me, or if you do — if you have intercourse with me, then you will probably get it and give it to your wife,'" Lemon asked the alleged victim. "And you said he made you perform oral sex."

After Tarshis confirmed this was the case, Lemon questioned her defense against the rape.

"You know, there are ways not to perform oral sex if you didn't want to do it," he said, going on to suggest that she should've "used the teeth" to fight back.

She explained, albeit quite awkwardly that she was stoned at the time and didn’t even think of it – but in retrospect, wished she had.

Well, you can imagine the reaction on social media. Lemon doesn’t exactly win plaudits for his interviewing style.

And you have to wonder if this is either a fair question being asked by a tough, yet seemingly sensitive reporter; or just completely out of bounds.

Here's the deal, he didn't have to go there!

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