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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Len Cannon takes on FOX 5 DC anchors criticizing Lamar HS student

Len Cannon: " I think the journalists' comments were pointless, foolish and silly."

In the past few days, my various social media channels have blown up (and not in a good way) after I posted this article about FOX 5 DC WTTG Anchor Holly Morris and contributor Sarah Fraser criticizing a fellow Houstonian.

By now, I am sure you have heard the amazing story of Lamar High School senior Michael Brown who was accepted to the 20 different colleges he applied to including top ranked Harvard and Yale.

'It's a little ridiculous that this kid applied to 20 [colleges] taking away a spot and basically wait-listing another kid,' Fraser said.

Morris replied: 'It's a little obnoxious because you can only go to one. You can only take one full ride, and you are taking a spot from someone else who worked really hard.'

You can watch more of what the Washington DC anchors said below.

Now a member of the Houston TV media has stepped up to defend the honor of Brown and our fair city. 

"He applied to 20 universities," KHOU 11 anchor Len Cannon said in a commentary on the station's newscast.  "He's only going to one. Why can't these anchors be happy for this young man's extraordinary story? A testament to commitment and hard work. Isn't that what we want from our young people?"

Cannon actually took the time to meet Brown and his mother last weekend when the student was accepting a scholarship award.

"Not to mention he blows away some people's perceptions and stereotypes," Cannon added.  "The kid is an academic superstar and shame on anyone who doesn't applaud him.  I think the journalists' comments were pointless, foolish and silly."

Cannon added Brown will announce his college decision in a couple of weeks.

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