CNN editor fired over tweet

Posted Jul 7, 2010 by Michael Bearak
CNN editor Octavia Nasr was fired after she posted a comment to her Twitter account concerning one of the founders of Hazbollah.
The CNN Center in Atlanta.
The CNN Center in Atlanta.
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Octavia Nasr was the Middle East editor for CNN when she posted a tweet concerning the death of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, one of the founding members of Hazbollah.
The tweet read, "Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah... One of Hezbollah's giants I respect a lot." Nasr went on to explain her posting in her blog, but that was not enough for CNN. obtained an internal memo from CNN's Parisa Khosravi, the senior vice president of CNN International Newsgathering, saying, "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."
Nasr was based in Atlanta, GA and spent 20 years working for CNN. In Khosravi's memo, Nasr was noted as saying such a comment was inappropriate when not made within context.
Fadlallah passed away after battling a long illness, but he was staunchly anti-American and he has been linked to bombings which have killed over 260 Americans.