All It Took Was A Tweet
On Wednesday, 7 July 2010, CNN fired its Senior Editor of Middle East Affairs Octavia Nasr (@OctaviaNasr) over her Tweet following the death of Lebanese religious leader Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, in a blatant case of a double standard (Read more on that below).
Ms. Nasr tweeted:
Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah… One of Hezbollah’s giants I respect a lot #Lebanon
The reaction to her tweet was immediate and overpowering, and she had to explain herself on the CNN blog. Ms. Nasr said she was sorry because the tweet “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.”
But that didn’t matter and CNN traded Nasr’s 20 years of service for 140 characters that were taken out of context and used against her by the Zionist propaganda machine.
I won’t delve further into this shameful act that suggests everything is black and white when in fact there are varying shades of grey. Instead, I’ll leave you with the commentaries that best reflect my thoughts on this issue:
- Shame on the American Media by @jilliancyork
- CNN’s Error of Judgment by @matthewteller
- Foreign Policy: Twitter Firing Was A Mistake For CNN
- CNN Was Wrong about Ayatollah Fadlallah by Robert Fisk
- A Media Purge Bleg by Andrew Sullivan
And I particularly like Glenn Greenwald’s analysis on Salon.com: