CNN fires commentator Jeffrey Lord after Nazi salute Twitter response

This was posted on Thursday, August 10, 2017 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

CNN is having a fun time with contributors saying and doing offensive things. There was stand-up comic Kathy Griffin taking a picture holding a bloody Donald Trump head. As a result, CNN said ended her annual visit to Times Square with Anderson Cooper on New Year’s. There was academic Reza Aslan bad-mouthing the president in a profane way on Twitter. CNN quickly cancelled his show “Believer.”

Now it’s Trump supporter and regular paid CNN contributor Jeffrey Lord using “Sieg Heil” as a response to a critic on Twitter. His time on CNN? Over. A spokesperson told CNN’s media writer Brian Stelter“Nazi salutes are indefensible.”

The American Spectator today published a piece by Lord saying that the liberal Media Matters watchdog organization is a bunch of “fascists” Lord thinks are trying to take down Sean Hannity of Fox News. Lord Tweeted the article directly to Media Matters prsident Angelo Carusone but misspelled his name in the headline. Carusone, tweaking Lord, pointed out the misspelling.

Lord’s response? “Sieg Heil,” which is the Nazi salute phrase.

In an interview, Carusone said he was befuddled at first by Lord’s response. He wasn’t sure if his offense was over the top so he sent it to a bunch of more conservative friends. They too, he said, thought the response was out of proportion to the insult. He also didn’t call on Lord to be fired. (“I”m not a fan of the perpetual outrage machine,” he said.) CNN chose to do that on its own, he said.

Naturally, Carusone is no fan of Lord, a former Ronald Reagan administration staffer who has been one of the most consistent pro-Trump voices among CNN’s stable of political commentators. “He’s disruptive and deceitful,” Carusone said, and places an air of academic dressing around his fatuous arguments. “You can’t be a shill for Trump and have standards applied to you.”

Lord, who joined CNN soon after Trump entered the presidential race, made a brief comment after the news came out: “LOL!”:

CNN’s Stelter reached Lord by phone. Lord defended himself, saying, “I love CNN, but I feel they are caving to bullies here.”

In May, Anderson Cooper got so exasperated with Lord’s defense of Trump that he said Trump could take “a dump on his desk, you’d defend him. I don’t know what he would do that you would not defend.”

Another CNN commentator and pro-Trump supporter Kayleigh McEnany recently left the network to be a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee.

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Melinda
Melinda

I love the AJC, but please stop already with the typos.  It lessens the quality. No spellcheck? Ironic that there was a misspelling in the paragraph when you were talking about misspellings.  prsident.


"The American Spectator today published a piece by Lord saying that the liberal Media Matters watchdog organization is a bunch of “fascists” Lord thinks are trying to take down Sean Hannity of Fox News. Lord Tweeted the article directly to Media Matters prsident Angelo Carusone but misspelled his name in the headline. Carusone, tweaking Lord, pointed out the misspelling."

ElderSage
ElderSage

Now CNN has no one left with an IQ of over 100.

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OldSmoky
OldSmoky

Having lived thru the Great Depression, World War 2 and the rest of intermittent wars. The internet and TV have turned this country upside down and made way for idiots to be heard.  If you didn't live that pre era you don't have  a clue why you can post some of this stuff today. It isn't  becasue you are smart or don't have a draft card anymore--just look at Washington for your answer. Folks FREEDOM isn't Free--As they used to say "Loose Lips Sink Ships".....

CJS13
CJS13

So Jeffrey Lord shows who he really is. Sad.

HotDawg
HotDawg

While you ignored Obama's, Holder's, L. Lynch's, S. Rice's, Bill and Hill Clinton's, etc., lies and criminal activities.

Dems and their supporters are beyond sad.

rightofcenter
rightofcenter

@CJS13  I don't particularly like Jeffrey Lord, but this obviously was mocking a guy he had called a fascist.  Over the top, obviously, but how does this show who he really is?  It was right in line with calling the guy a fascist.  

weetamoe
weetamoe

The AJC is still requiring paid subscribers to keep constantly giving their passwords. 

BDCoole
BDCoole

They can't afford an IT person? Inane.