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CNN fires commentator Jeffrey Lord over Nazi salute tweet

August 12, 2017
In this Sept 16, 2016, file photo Jeffrey Lord prepares for a CNN broadcast from his home office.—AP
In this Sept 16, 2016, file photo Jeffrey Lord prepares for a CNN broadcast from his home office.—AP

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 on 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 said. “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.

Published in Dawn, August 12th, 2017