Tweet At Your Own Risk: CNN Editor Learns the Hard Way

Twitter is a powerful medium for communication. Messages can be posted in seconds and from anywhere, and can reach a nearly limitless number of listeners.  But, with great power, well, . . . you know. 

CNN editor Octavia Nasr is the latest personality to make headlines for tweeting her way to the unemployment line. Nasr, who was responsible for the news station’s Middle Eastern coverage, tweeted kind words about a Lebanese cleric who was famously anti-American.  When he passed away on Sunday, Nasr tweeted that he was “one of Hezbollah’s giants I respect a lot.”

CNN issued a statement calling the tweet an “error in judgment.”  Nasr responded, blogging that she was referring to the cleric’s position against so-called “honor killing” of women. She acknowledged that the life of a designated terrorist is not something she should have commented about “in a brief tweet. It’s something that I deeply regret.”

Nasr was a 20-year veteran of CNN and the decision for her to leave the company may seem to some to be a harsh sentence for a 140-character tweet. 

Source: Associated Press

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2 responses to “Tweet At Your Own Risk: CNN Editor Learns the Hard Way”

  1. ......... says:

    “Nasr was a 20-year veteran of CNN and the decision for her to leave the company may seem to some to be a harsh sentence for a 140-character tweet.”

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