CNN con­trib­u­tor cut for Nazi tweet

Los Angeles Times - - BUSINESS BEAT - By Stephen Battaglio stephen.battaglio@la­times.com

An ill-ad­vised tweet has led to the re­moval of an­other CNN per­son­al­ity.

The ca­ble news net­work fired con­trib­u­tor Jeffrey Lord, a staunch sup­porter of Pres­i­dent Trump, on Thurs­day af­ter he tweeted “Sieg Heil!” to An­gelo Caru­sone, the pres­i­dent of Me­dia Mat­ters for Amer­ica, the lib­eral watch­dog group.

“Nazi salutes are in­de­fen­si­ble,” a CNN rep­re­sen­ta­tive said in a state­ment. “Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the net­work.”

Lord used the phrase, a greet­ing in Nazi Ger­many, dur­ing an ex­change with Caru­sone on Twit­ter.

The pun­dit came un­der fire in April for de­scrib­ing Trump as “the Martin Luther King of health­care.”

Lord was a rel­a­tively ob­scure con­ser­va­tive writer who served in the Rea­gan ad­min­is­tra­tion be­fore he be­came a talk­ing head on CNN dur­ing the 2016 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign. He joined CNN as a paid con­trib­u­tor in Au­gust 2015.

Me­dia Mat­ters has been a long­time critic of Lord’s de­fense of Trump, and of CNN for keep­ing him on the air. The group has also pushed for the fir­ing and ad­ver­tiser boy­cott of Sean Han­nity, the lead­ing right-wing host on Fox News Chan­nel.

Lord tar­geted Me­dia Mat­ters this week in a col­umn for the Amer­i­can Spec­ta­tor in which he called the group “fas­cists.” It led to an ex­change with Caru­sone on Twit­ter that es­ca­lated to Lord’s use of “Sieg Heil.”

Lord later told CNN.com in an in­ter­view that he used the term to mock Me­dia Mat­ters, which he said is “bul­ly­ing ad­ver­tis­ers to take peo­ple off the air.”

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