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CNN reporter fired for TWEET, Do you think they did the right thing?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – CNN has fired a senior editor for Middle East news after she published a Twitter message that said she respected a Lebanese Shi'ite cleric branded a terrorist by the United States, U.S. and British media said on Thursday.

The Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, one of Shi'ite Islam's highest religious authorities and an early mentor of the militant group Hezbollah, died in Beirut on Sunday.

Octavia Nasr, a 20-year CNN veteran based in Atlanta, wrote on Twitter: "Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah ... One of Hezbollah's giants I respect a lot," the New York Times reported


Asked by sweet-a-kins at 3:40 PM on Jul. 8, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Actions and words have consequences. After what just happened with Helen Thomas, she should've known better.

    Answer by lovinangels at 1:14 AM on Jul. 9, 2010

  • I believe it was a CNN account. As a reporter, she should know to keep her private and personal opinions to herself. Her job is to report the news. Not tell us what happened and how she feels about it. I know that the journalists have had a hard time with this the last couple of years, but that IS their job. I feel that CNN did the right thing. Now, if she would have just left the tweet to "Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah" it would be a different story altogether. That is reporting the fact that the man died. Leave it at that.

    Answer by 29again at 5:23 PM on Jul. 8, 2010

  • They did the right thing if it was on her CNN account. You have to remain moderate and unbiased as a journalist.

    Answer by parrishsky at 6:32 PM on Jul. 8, 2010

  • Was it her personal account or a CNN-based account? They have several them.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:41 PM on Jul. 8, 2010

  • CNN did the right thing.

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 8:46 PM on Jul. 8, 2010

  • sweet-a-kins

    Comment by sweet-a-kins (original poster) at 3:41 PM on Jul. 8, 2010

  • Yes. When you are a reporter, I think you have to be careful even in your personal online stuff. She wasn't. Lesson learned.

    Answer by LiliM at 1:49 AM on Jul. 9, 2010

  • Correct-o

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 10:05 AM on Jul. 9, 2010

  • Either way if it was her personal or work account, anything you put online is viewable by employers and they can do whatever they want now as most states have at will employment.

    Answer by carmadsmom at 3:56 PM on Jul. 9, 2010

  • i think that they definately did the right thing. as a reporter she knows to keep her personal views minimal. especially when she is praising a terrorist militant. they should also wonder and check into whom else she is conversing with on other levels. she has access as a reporter to alot of people that would fall under that group.

    Answer by candy001 at 3:04 AM on Jul. 10, 2010