CNN cans commentator after Nazi salute tweet
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First posted: Friday, August 11, 2017 11:03 AM EDT | Updated: Friday, August 11, 2017 11:14 AM EDT
NEW YORK — CNN fired conservative commentator Jeffrey Lord on Thursday after he tweeted a Nazi salute at a critic.
A network spokesperson confirmed that Lord was no longer with the network and said “Nazi salutes are indefensible.” The statement came hours after Lord tweeted the Nazi slogan “Sieg Heil!” at the head of a liberal advocacy group, Media Matters for America.
Lord said in a telephone interview Thursday night that he respected CNN and its journalists, but fundamentally disagreed with the network’s decision to fire him. He said his “Sieg Heil!” tweet was not an endorsement of Nazism or fascist tactics, but was meant to mock Media Matters and its use of boycotts of advertisers of conservative voices such as Sean Hannity, which Lord equated with fascism.
“I want to make something very clear. I have nothing but respect, affection and love for CNN. I think the world of CNN,” Lord told The Associated Press. “I think they’re terrific people and serious people.”
He called himself a “First Amendment fundamentalist” and called CNN’s decision disappointing. “From my perspective CNN caved on the First Amendment of all things. I disagree. I respectfully disagree.”
He declined to get into specifics of how he was fired, saying he wanted to keep that a private conversation.
Retained by CNN in August 2015, Lord was an indefatigable on-air supporter of Donald Trump throughout his candidacy and since his election. A contributor to the conservative magazine The American Spectator, Lord is a former aide to Jack Kemp and Ronald Reagan.
He had repeatedly clashed with Media Matters president Angelo Carusone, whose group condemned CNN for employing him as a commentator.
Following a harsh exchange of tweets with Carusone earlier this week, Lord posted an article for The American Spectator on Thursday morning, calling Carusone’s group the “Media Matters Fascists” and casting them as “anti-free speech bigots who, in typical fascist style, make it their mission to shut down speech they don’t like.”
During the day, the Twitter sparring resumed, with Lord finally responding to Carusone with the tweet: “Sieg Heil!”
In subsequent tweets, he insisted he meant to be “mocking Nazis and Fascists.”
“I believe in a writer’s toolbox there are several ways you deal with people,” Lord said. “One of them is to mock them.”
During his presence on CNN’s airwaves Lord had frequently riled CNN hosts including Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon, fellow commentators, and viewers with many of his statements. During Super Tuesday election night coverage in March 2016, he argued that the KKK was a left-wing organization because of Democrats’ support of it many decades before. In April, he called President Donald Trump the “Martin Luther King” of health care.
Lord said he did not know what his next steps would be, but said he didn’t intend to stop speaking out about the First Amendment and other issues.
Asked about how he felt about having a tweet end his CNN career, Lord said he wasn’t necessarily surprised given the vitriol Twitter can provoke. Ironically, he said, tweeting more was a New Year’s resolution.
He said he had received “a tidal wave of support” from conservatives after his firing.
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Here is an article asking an obvious question and then avoiding the truthful answer! And it illustrates some of the COSTLY consequences of LIE-beral Fake News! With some comments of my own in brackets):
Aboriginal affairs: Is it all just ‘a bloody farce’?
(Answer to that is YES!)
By Gordon Chong. First posted: Saturday, June 10, 2017 09:34 PM EDT | Updated: Saturday, June 10, 2017 09:42 PM EDT
Inquiry into missing, murdered indigenous women to cost nearly $14 million more than expected.
(Gee, there is a surprise- a useless LIE-beral feel good exercise that also costs a BUNDLE more than expected!)
Families of missing, murdered women feel left out from inquiry: advocates
(What kind of screw up dog and pony show are these LIE-berals running? And how did they convince natives that anything good would come from their political showboating?)
Are we ready to reconcile with our First Nations?
(Reconcile? Are we to apologize because way too many natives have decided to be drug addled drunkards who beat their spouses and neglect their kids?)
Bill Wilson, a hereditary chief and father to federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, recently and justifiably called the disorganized inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls “a bloody farce”.
(Again I ask: “what else did natives expect? There is no new evidence, no new facts, no way to alter reality without getting set up for a slander suit! Twenty years ago cops could solve well over 90 percent of murder cases but that number has dropped into the high 60`s or very low 70`s with the rise of gangs and organized crime. Such groups can cover for each other and stymie the best of homicide cops! Add in the risky life choices of most of the missing women and you have a master plan for a LOT of unsolved cases so why did publicity Hog LIE-berals suggest any other result would occur?)
This after more than 30 advocates, indigenous leaders and family members wrote the chief commissioner last month suggesting the two-year, $53.8 million inquiry was in “serious trouble,” that there was broad and deep concern over poor communication and slow progress.
(Again-what progress did native leaders expect with no new facts and no new information?)
Having crossed swords with Pierre Trudeau in the 1980s over aboriginal amendments to Canada’s Constitution, and won, Justin Trudeau’s government should pay heed to Wilson.
Instead, the younger Trudeau’s government has blithely ventured into the murky politics of aboriginal affairs and its maladroitness deserves Wilson’s rebuke.
However, there’s no mistaking aboriginal issues in this country have long been politicized and divisive.
(For too long native affairs have been the preserve of divisive and irresponsible persons.)
It’s even fair to suggest there are those who feel the entire aboriginal affairs file is mired in politics and is a bloody farce.
On one side are the hapless elected officials who really cannot bring themselves to act decisively and on the other, the astute and increasingly aggressive aboriginal leaders who sense and exploit “white guilt”.
(Yes! Two faced hypocrites on BOTH sides of the fence!)
Perry Bellegarde, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations and an experienced politician, has said repeatedly “Canada is our (aboriginals’) land.”
(Well yes- IT WAS their land! But now natives MUST share- especially if they want access to money from white tax payers- and since natives would mostly STARVE OR FREEZE without welfare money- natives are under pressure to be sensible!)
Bellegarde cites the numbered Treaties that were negotiated, and amended as they were negotiated, the Constitution, as well as the United Nations (unfortunately now dominated by venal, corrupt dictators) Declaration of Indigenous Rights as evidence.
There’s no question colonial powers (Britain, France and Spain) expanded their empire in what was a new land occupied by aboriginal tribes.
European powers also frequently went to war with one another to supplant the territory of other nations.
The aboriginal tribes who lived in what is now Canada and the United States before the arrival of the Europeans, had done the same thing — fighting and displacing one another for territory.
(NO saints amongst either natives or whites!)
Canada and the U.S. took different approaches to aboriginal “reconciliation”, though the Fathers of Confederation and their American counterparts like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, were all ruthlessly single-minded in their determination to forge a unified nation from one coast to the other.
However, whereas the Americans decided that actual genocide was the only way to success, John A. Macdonald concluded assimilation through education was a better alternative.
(IN other words- those who choose to condemn MacDonald are ignoring his true influence!)
In Canada, Christian churches were given the responsibility of educating aboriginals in the residential schools.
(How can it be wrong to train young natives in skills they will need to survive in the new culture and new economy?)
Some of these clergy abused their authority, despite the initial intention to “integrate” Canada’s aboriginal population.
(There is no doubt the program was veery badly managed- but this does not make the goals wrong!)
Tragic consequences followed.
As historian Desmond Morton has said: “Macdonald opted for the best instrument he or his age could conceive for helping the people of our First Nations to gain access to the European cultures that had and would dominate the country he had helped to create and unite.”
(The best evidence suggests that whites hoped that natives would adopt a Metis style life- in which people would live for much of the year in cabins and work as farmers- but would do a little hunting and fishing as opportunity presented. Both whites and natives of the time believed that the Metis lifestyle would be the best option for natives!)
As a consequence of the bigotry of the time, Canada’s aboriginals were viciously subjected to shameful atrocities.
(It is srong to blame people of previous centuries because they do not understand our current values!)
But, should the current, continuous political theatre and stage-managed public hearings to dredge up the painful past be our prime focus?
Or, would it be better to deal with the current tragedies that make daily headlines?
That is, the poverty, third world living conditions, lack of infrastructure and economic opportunity, drug and alcohol addiction and unacceptable suicide rates that afflict too many reserves, too many First Nations’ families.
(LIE-berals go to great lengths to AVOID discussing gross corruption on Cdn reserves! And they have made it clear they have NO interest in maling ANY sensible changes!)
Would it not be better to focus on consolidating these communities closer to services, improving infrastructure on remote ones and educating the next generations so they can successfully participate in the Canadian mainstream?
(It’s a nice thought but natives will NOT cooperate in consolidating communties! They are so hostile to whites that any suggestion made by whites will be rejected regardless of the logic behind it- LIE-berals have convinced natives they are `victims` and that thyey have only to trust LIE-berals and heaven will come to them!)
The aboriginal experience has been, and remains, a tragedy that has, unfortunately, descended into a political farce.
It is ironic, as well, that some self-proclaimed public intellectuals advocate ancestral language and cultural retention for a sense of identity, but have personally abandoned them, and fully integrated and immersed themselves in one or both of Canada’s official languages.
(One may offer a sentimental support for native languages as it is a part of ancient culture hut it is NOT useful to promote obscure native languages at the expense of English and French ability in the modern world!)
Another instructive serving of hypocrisy and hubris from on high.
Yes, it’s time to stop this “bloody farce"!
(The KEY is ending endemic corruption on reserves- it is this political poison that helps persuade natives that white life is all wrong and bad since it is white/LIE-beral politicians who have decided not to deal with that corruption! LIE-berals are making us all look bad!)
"Wait, wait who do you work for, ah CNN thought so, just the way you asked your question fake news" Fricken hilarious when I heard that live on Fox as he was walking over to Steve for an impromptu interview.