CNN Global Affairs Correspondent Elise Labott was suspended from her position for two weeks after tweeting: “House passes bill that could limit Syrian refugees. Statue of Liberty bows head in anguish,” on Nov. 19.
Labott has since apologized for her comment, tweeting: “Everyone, It was wrong of me to editorialize. My tweet was inappropriate and disrespectful. I sincerely apologize.”
Labott has not deleted her original tweet.
The issue is not Labott’s opinion, it’s that she tweeted it, The Washington Post notes. As a global affairs correspondent, her job is to report on facts objectively.
Labott’s suspension may seem out of line with CNN’s programming, given the prominence of some of its more opinionated anchors and correspondents, namely Don Lemon, whom the Colombia Journalism Review dubbed one of the worst examples of journalism in 2014.
The difference is that Labott is a correspondent and bound to certain ethical responsibilities that are considered the standard in journalism. Lemon, on the other hand, is an anchor — meaning even if he’s perceived as being a journalist, his job is to entertain, provoke and engage the audience to a certain extent, even if that means straying from unbiased reporting.