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Sunday, 11 July 2010 18:50

CNN sacks editor over Twitter post

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20-year career ended by 140-character tweet
CNN has fired Middle East editor Octavia Nasr following over a controversial tweet in which she praised a late Hezbollah spiritual leader.

Nasr commented the death of Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, one of the founders of Hezbollah on her official CNN Twitter account, but the comment did not go down well. Nasr wrote: "Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah. One of Hezbollah's giants I respect a lot."

As one might expect many readers weren’t exactly thrilled with Nasr’s comment, so the tweet was expressly removed from her feed. Nasr admitted her comment was an “error of judgment” and went on to explain that she respected the late ayatollah’s stance on women’s rights. Eventually, even the Simon Wiesenthal Center weighed in and called on Nasr to retract her comment and issue and apology.

However, it was too little too late. CNN summoned Nasr to a meeting in Atlanta, where she was shown the door. A CNN spokesperson stressed that her comments did not meet CNN editorial standards and that the credibility as a senior Middle Eastern affairs editor was compromised.

More here.

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-2 #1 stainboy 2010-07-12 11:14
so much for the freedom of speech...
+2 #2 nECrO 2010-07-12 12:55
Freedom of speech has nothing to do with it. The constitutional right to free speech just means that the government can't restrict her speech. There is no guarantee that your employer won't fire you if you say the wrong thing.

You can test this yourself. Go to work today and tell your boss that he/she is a jerk and couldn't find his/her own butt with both hands and a flashlight. I guarantee you no one in the government will hinder you from doing that. The government will also not stop your boss from saying "Your fired". See? Free speech is alive and well...
+2 #3 stainboy 2010-07-12 13:02
I agree. I guess we must watch out for our bosses opinion prior to ours... It's for the greater good.
+2 #4 sidje 2010-07-12 13:51
Freedom of speech? Is there even such a thing ANYWHERE...

I mean, first we'd have to debate freedom, and what people think freedom is...

(hint): It's not the freedom to make a choice between McDonalds and Burger King...

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