Saturday, 19 August, 2017

CNN drops pro-Trump pundit Jeffrey Lord after 'sieg heil' tweet

Jeffrey Lord on CNN Jeffrey Lord on CNN
Howard Terry | 12 August, 2017, 00:20

CNN described Lord's nazi salute tweet as "indefensible" and fired him hours after the exchange.

Lord's responded by tweeting back "Sieg Heil!", a phrase used by Nazi-party members at political rallies. In recent months, CNN has walked away from a years-long relationship with comedienne Kathy Griffin and declined to renew a programming pact with author Reza Aslan. He was hired in 2016 during the campaign to be a pro-Trump voice on the network.

Lord said he was reading a book about the history of Italian fascism in the 1930s that led him to draw a comparison between Media Matters and the fascists. "Not Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany or Communist Russia", Lord wrote. Another pro-Trump pundit, Kayleigh McEnany, announced her departure from CNN on Saturday to take a position as spokesperson for the Republican National Committee.

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.

The comment came after Lord published a column for the American Spectator, in which he criticized Media Matters. At the time, all other conservative talking heads on the channel with explicitly dismissive of Trump's candidacy.

Under withering criticism from others on social media, Lord did not backtrack from the Nazi reference. "("I" m not a fan of the perpetual outrage machine", he said.) CNN chose to do that on its own, he said.

"They run around bullying people, bullying advertisers to take people off the air", Lord proclaimed. While largely obscure at the time of his hire, Lord since became perhaps the most well-known Trump supporter on the network. People who support President Trump provide "an important point of view", said Zucker.

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