CNN Mideast Affairs Editor Fired Over Hezbollah Tweet
July 8, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Octavia Nasr, CNN’s Mideast Affairs Senior Editor for 20-years was fired for a controversial tweet, remarking on the death of Lebanese Shiite cleric, the Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah. Nasr expressed sadness over his passing and mentioned that she respected the late cleric. But Fadlallah is considered a terrorist by the U.S. and other Western nations for his support of Hezbollah’s violence and suicide attacks against Israel. The reaction from supporters of Israel was angry and swift. And by Wednesday, Nasr was asked to leave, with CNN citing damage to her “credibility.”
After receiving criticism for her short tweet, Nasr posted an explanation on her blog.
The tweet read: “Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah … One of Hezbollah’s giants I respect a lot.”
Nasr later clarified her statement, noting that she respected Fadlallah only for his support of women’s rights in the Muslim world and not for his activities with Hezbollah, an organization committed to the destruction of Israel:
“In a follow-up blog post on Tuesday evening, Ms. Nasr said she was sorry about the message “because it conveyed that I supported Fadlallah’s life’s work. That’s not the case at all.”’
“She said she used the words “respect” and “sad” because “to me, as a Middle Eastern woman, Fadlallah took a contrarian and pioneering stand among Shia clerics on woman’s rights. He called for the abolition of the tribal system of ‘honor killing.’ He called the practice primitive and nonproductive. He warned Muslim men that abuse of women was against Islam.”’
She continued, “This does not mean I respected him for what else he did or said. Far from it.”
However, her superiors at CNN were not appeased by her explanation, noting that Nasr’s Twitter post did not meet the cable station’s editorial standards and she was gone.
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