Long-time political commentator, Jeffrey Lord, was released from employment by CNN this week after what was perceived as an anti-semitic tweet to a left-leaning media news outlet writer. The loud and proud Trump supporter bantered with Angelo Carusone from Liberal news outlet Media Matters.
Carusone pointed out an error in a recent headline, tweeting the following message to @realJeffreyLord:
“Your headline has a mistake in it. Why do you expect anyone to take you seriously when you don’t take yourself seriously.”
What followed was a seemingly strange and out-of-place response that many called “out of left field” from Jeffrey Lord.
Lord’s tweet was retweeted with outright indignation nearly 300,000 times. Just a few hours later, CNN officials made the decision to officially end ties with the commentator for good. The news network communicated the change swiftly and in short.
“Nazi salutes are indefensible. Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.”
Lord accepted the network’s decision, but ultimately clarified that he was “mocking Nazi salutes” rather than using them out of Nazi pride. He also believes the network made the wrong decision.
“I love CNN, but I feel they are caving to bullies here.”
CNN’s swift decision ended Lord’s time with the network, but even Lord himself states that his contract was up at the end of the year anyway. Such a move may amount to little more than an early dismissal if the network already planned to withhold a renewal.
Ironically, Lord wrote a column for the American Spectator early this week, calling Media Matters “fascists” and writing, “This is America, Angelo. Not Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany or Communist Russia.” He also penned the organization as “anti-free speech bigots who, in typical fascist style, make it their mission to shut down speech they don’t like.”
Carusone, who is also a Liberal activist, took great offense to the comments, leading him to identify the error in the title.
Lord also called Media Matters writers a “danger to free press.”