CNN Anchor Fired After Praising Hezbollah Leader

CNN’s Senior Editor of Mideast Affairs Octavia Nasr is leaving CNN after twenty years due to her Twitter post praising Hezbollah leader Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah.

Octavia Nasr is leaving CNN after posting a very controversial post on her Twitter page.

Nasr tweeted this weekend: “Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah… One of Hezbollah’s giants I respect a lot.”

Fadlallah was a Hezbollah leader who often praised suicide bombings.  He was anti-American and a terrorist and considered a threat.

Nasr tried to explain her controversial tweet in a blog post, saying, “It was an error of judgment for me to write such a simplistic comment and I’m sorry because it conveyed that I supported Fadlallah’s life’s work. That’s not the case at all.” She went on to say that she respected Fadlallah, who she interviewed in 1990, for his support of Muslim women’s rights.

CNN stated the issue was “serious” and would “be dealt with accordingly.”

CNN’s internal memo details Octavia’s firing:

I had a conversation with Octavia this morning and I want to share with you that we have decided that she will be leaving the company. As you know, her tweet over the weekend created a wide reaction. As she has stated in her blog on CNN.com, she fully accepts that she should not have made such a simplistic comment without any context whatsoever. However, at this point, we believe that her credibility in her position as senior editor for Middle Eastern affairs has been compromised going forward.

As a colleague and friend we’re going to miss seeing Octavia everyday. She has been an extremely dedicated and committed part of our team. We thank Octavia for all of her hard work and we certainly wish her all the best.

Nasr has been with CNN for 20 years.

Some media outlets argue it violates Nasr’s free speech rights.  And others state we have a Muslim president so these types of comments shouldn’t be surprising.

Weigh in with your thoughts!  Do you guys feel she should have been canned over her comments?

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