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    CNN Editor Fired for Saying She Has "Respect" for Hezbollah Cleric

    Mediaite reports that CNN has fired senior editor of Middle East affairs Octavia Nasr. As Daniel Halper pointed out the other day, Nasr wrote on Twitter on July 4 that she was "sad" to hear of the death of Hezbollah's Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah--a man for whom she has "respect." Fadlallah had justified suicide bombings, is believed to be responsible for the Marine barracks bombing, and had said that "Zionism has inflated the number of victims in this Holocaust beyond imagination."

    In a followup blog post last night, Nasr wrote that 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 explained that she knew about all the wicked aspects of Fadlallah's life--saying she even "lost family members" in the barracks bombing--and was simply referring to the fact that she respected Fadlallah for his opposition to "honor" killings and beating women. But saying you respect Fadlallah for opposing murdering and beating (Muslim) women is almost like saying you respect Osama bin Laden for building day care centers.

    CNN doesn't think Nasr's apology makes up for what she said. "We believe that her credibility in her position as senior editor for Middle Eastern affairs has been compromised going forward," Nasr's CNN superior Parisa Khosravi said in a statement.
    CNN Editor Fired for Saying She Has "Respect" for Hezbollah Cleric | The Weekly Standard

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    Re: CNN Editor Fired for Saying She Has "Respect" for Hezbollah Cleric

    I dunno, if Nasr were white and she said she respected the Grand Poo-Bah of the KKK, she would have gotten fired. I don't see alotta difference between the Ku Klux Klan, the Skinheads, the Neo-Nazis, nor Islam. They all one thing in common.
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    Re: CNN Editor Fired for Saying She Has "Respect" for Hezbollah Cleric

    I didn't think CNN had it in them... good for CNN. I guess even they have a line they won't cross.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    Re: CNN Editor Fired for Saying She Has "Respect" for Hezbollah Cleric

    Quote Originally Posted by MrVicchio View Post
    Hope he sues the **** out of CNN.
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    Re: CNN Editor Fired for Saying She Has "Respect" for Hezbollah Cleric

    It's a great day for freedom of speech.
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    Re: CNN Editor Fired for Saying She Has "Respect" for Hezbollah Cleric

    Nasr wrote on Twitter
    *facepalm*
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    Re: CNN Editor Fired for Saying She Has "Respect" for Hezbollah Cleric

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    It's a great day for freedom of speech.
    What does freedom of speech have to do with this? Was she arrested or otherwise harassed by the government for what she said?
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    Re: CNN Editor Fired for Saying She Has "Respect" for Hezbollah Cleric

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    It's a great day for freedom of speech.
    Freedom of speech does not imply freedom from consequences of that speech. The govt did not censor her.

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    Re: CNN Editor Fired for Saying She Has "Respect" for Hezbollah Cleric

    I highly suggest that people with controversial opinions post anonymously ON A FORUM and not under their real name like everyone else so they can actually debate and learn - without getting the axe at work.

    There are a lot of things said by leaders and politicians and so on that, if given the opportunity on a forum to fully explain, would make more sense.
    Twitter is NOT that type of arena - it isn't set up for full explanations and book long defenses and so forth.

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    Re: CNN Editor Fired for Saying She Has "Respect" for Hezbollah Cleric

    Quote Originally Posted by PeteEU View Post
    Hope he sues the **** out of CNN.
    On what grounds?
    Climate, changes. It takes a particularly uneducated population to buy into the idea that it's their fault climate is changing and further political solutions can fix it.



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