CNN Commentator Fired After Tweeting “Sieg Heil!”

Jeffrey Lord said he was mocking Angelo Carusone’s call to boycott Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, making a reference to censorship, when he posted the words “Sieg Heil!”.

CNN did not accept his explanation and fired him almost immediately.

 

Jeffrey Lord, the indefatigable defender of President Trump whose advocacy turned him into an unlikely political celebrity, was fired by CNN on Thursday after a convoluted Twitter exchange in which he evoked — mockingly, he said — a Nazi salute.

Mr. Lord received the news by telephone while on his way to CNN’s Manhattan studio in a town car provided by the network, which ferried him from his home near Harrisburg, Pa.

After Mr. Lord, 66, learned that his contract had been severed, the car turned around. “I didn’t have to walk; I thanked them for that,” he said in a telephone interview from the road.

Read more about it at the New York Times.

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Syrian Refugee Labelled Terrorist After Selfie with German Chancellor

Anas Modamni fled Syria in 2015. He took a selfie with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The picture was misused by fake news websites in reports linking him to terrorism.

He is now suing Facebook to stop it from allowing users to repost that image or any images similar to it.

The image has been used with posts about the attacks in Brussels last year and on a Christmas market in Berlin. Recently, someone posted Mr. Modamani’s photograph on Facebook and said that he had been involved in a December attack in which a homeless man in Berlin was set on fire.

Mr. Modamani’s lawyer argued that his client would continue to be a victim of libel until Facebook used its algorithms to prevent the image from being reproduced.

“I want peace in my life,” the teenager told reporters after the hearing. “Not everyone believes that. Many people hate me, but all I did was take a selfie with Ms. Merkel.”

Read more about it at the New York Times.

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Secret Service Agent May Face Disciplinary Action for Facebook Comments

Kelly O’Grady said “I am with [Hillary Clinton],” and that she would not “take a bullet” for a President Donald Trump in October 2016.

O’Grady’s comments were made in October, during the height of the presidential campaign and shortly after an audio tape of Trump making lewd comments about women was released. But they only came to light this week (in January 2017).

The matter was referred initially to the Office of the Inspector General but it referred the case back to the U.S. Secret Service for possible disciplinary action.

Read more about it at the Denver Post.

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