CNN Cuts Ties With Jeffrey Lord Over 'Sieg Heil' Tweet
Aug 12 2017
CNN has made a decision to cut its ties with Jeffrey Lord, one of its only pro-President Trump commentators. A spokesperson for the company said, "Nazi salutes are indefensible". Lord, however, tellsVox that he was mocking Nazis and Carusone's alleged "Mussolini-style tactics" to suppress free speech.
Lord tweeted back, responding with "Sieg Heil!" - the Nazi salute for "Hail, my leader!" He began working with the network during the presidential campaign, and has spoken on behalf of Trump since then.
In his American Spectator column that was published hours earlier, Lord denounced the "anti-free speech bigots" at Media Matters. "Not Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany or Communist Russia", he wrote.
Lord had been with the network for nearly exactly two years, joining CNN in August 2015 as essentially the network's first explicitly pro-Trump commentator.
CNN began employing pro-Trump commentators in 2015 to balance out its discussion of presidential politics and the candidates.
Lord directed his tweet at a Media Matters activist who is trying remove Sean Hannity from the airwaves and has called for Lord's firing in the past.
Carusone claimed that one of Lord's columns was "full of lies", and refuted claims that Soros was a a regular donor.
"They run around bullying people, bullying advertisers to take people off the air", Lord proclaimed. People who support President Trump provide "an important point of view", said Zucker.
Libertarian commentator Julian Sanchez, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, was less impressed, mocking what he took to be CNN's thought process over a couple of tweets. "That's what I'm mocking". Less than two weeks before, CNNfired its New Year's Even program co-host Kathy Griffin over a photo she posed holding a bloody head that look liked Trump.