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 Mediaite.com, 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 CNN.com, 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 kills....careers."
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