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CNN sacks Middle East Sr. Editor over Hezbollah 'Tweet'


How to loose your job in 140 characters or less by Octavia Nasr

CNN's Senior Editor of Middle East Affairs Octavia Nasr was fired when she Tweeted on Sunday about the death of Lebanese Shi'ite cleric, Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, branded a terrorist by the United States and Britain.

Nasr's Tweet on Sunday, "Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah ... One of Hezbollah's giants I respect a lot," was according to reports by the New York Times, picked up by Israeli supporters almost immediately and brought to the attention of the media.

According to an internal memo obtained by, Parisa Khosravi, SVP CNN International Newsgathering:

I had a conversation with Octavia this morning and I want to share with you that we have decided that she will be leaving the company. As you know, her tweet over the weekend created a wide reaction. As she has stated in her blog on, she fully accepts that she should not have made such a simplistic comment without any context whatsoever. However, at this point, we believe that her credibility in her position as senior editor for Middle Eastern affairs has been compromised going forward.

As a colleague and friend we’re going to miss seeing Octavia everyday. She has been an extremely dedicated and committed part of our team. We thank Octavia for all of her hard work and we certainly wish her all the best.

The BBC reports that Nasr wrote in a blog on Tuesday, "Reaction to my tweet was immediate, overwhelming and provides a good lesson on why 140 characters should not be used to comment on controversial or sensitive issues, especially those dealing with the Middle East."

In the old days, they'd say "loose lips sink ships," in today's world of digital media and social sites, we need to add a new cliché to the mix, "Twitter"

Photo credit: Captured image of LAU Magazine cover.

Sources: Reuters,


  • xexon 5 years ago

    Freedom of speech is under attack in this country. Again.

    "Israeli supporters"? Let's just call them zionists because that's what they are.

    These hasbara infest every forum on the net now. And every presidential cabinet since Reagan has been thick with them.

    Time for a route.


  • What a joke 5 years ago

    She was commenting on how he was a supporter of women's rights.

    way to go right wing! Losers.

  • usawakeup 5 years ago

    Wow, CNN had a Islamic terrorist sympathizer on the propaganda team? Maybe Eric Holder has a job for her.....

  • CNN Management 5 years ago

    What a joke says: "She was commenting on how he was a supporter of women's rights. way to go right wing! Losers."

    Dear Sir; we may be losers, but no one can rightly call us "right wing." We are Leftists through and through. Don't believe me, ask Olbermann.


    The Leftist Owership, Management, Editorial Staff and Official Obama Butt-Kissing Team at the Communist "News" Network.

  • CNN Management 5 years ago

    xexon says: "Freedom of speech is under attack in this country..."

    Dear Sir:

    We strongly object to the notion that we are restricting free speech. Ms. Nasr is an employee and representative of CNN and so everything she says reflects upon CNN. Her speech is limited by contract to express only what CNN deems an appropriate representation of CNN opinions and interests. CNN's constitutional rights to engage in legally binding contracts over-rides Ms. Nasr's right to say what she wishes while under contract to CNN. Ms. Nasr exercised her freedom of expression and CNN exercised our right of contract to end her employment. The only crime here is the participation of Fadlallah in the butchery of countless innocents to advance a hate-filled totalitatian theocracy.

    We hear no complaints about that though. Just whiney morons spewing their thoughtless self-defeating drivel.

    May you inherit the world your ideal advance - one where your options are limited to slave or corpse.

  • You suck 5 years ago


  • CNN Management 5 years ago

    You suck says: "CNN is not leftist. THEY HIRED GLENN BECK STUPID"

    Yeah. So based on that frail argument Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) is a conservative just becasue he has an "R" after his name.

    Arguing that CNN is not a leftist propaganda machine is like arguing that water isn't wet. It only works until a conscious person tests the theory. Unlike you, we are smarter than that.

  • Poor Demonrats... 5 years ago

    This my friends is the state run media!

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