Fadlallah Dead, Octavia Nasr Fired from CNN

Published: July 9th 2010
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Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah

Octavia Nasr, CNN’s editor of Middle East Affairs, has lost her job over a controversial statement made on her Twitter account, apparently mourning the death of “one of Hezbollah’s giants” whom she “respect[s] a lot.”


Nasr went on to say she was “sad to hear of the passing of the Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah,” a major Hezbollah operative responsible for multiple deaths.


Nasr, a 20-year CNN veteran based in Atlanta, was fired from CNN by senior vice president of the company, Parisa Khosravi, after Israeli supporters and Jewish groups sent complaints regarding her faux-pas.


CNN called the 140-character tweet an “error in judgment,” according to the New York Times.


Sayyed Mohammed Fadlallah was a Lebanese Shiite cleric and one of Hezbollah’s founding members in 1982. He has been linked to the Beirut barracks bombing of 1983 during the Lebanese Civil War. Said bombings were responsible for the deaths of approximately 260 Americans. 


Fadlallah died in Beirut, Lebanon last Sunday at the age of 74.


Nasr attempted to explain her inflammatory comments, saying she did not respect Fadlallah’s leadership in the organization, adding that he was responsible for the deaths of some of her relatives in Hezbollah attacks during the 1980s.


Despite the explanation, however, Nasr’s tweet has compromised the credibility of her position at CNN. Khosravi told New York Times, "As you know, her tweet over the weekend created a wide reaction. As she has stated in her blog on CNN.com, she fully accepts that she should not have made such a simplistic comment without any context whatsoever."


After Khosravi and Nasr “had a conversation,” Khosravi announced that she would be leaving the company.


A CNN spokesman added that "CNN regrets any offence her Twitter message caused. It did not meet CNN's editorial standards. This is a serious matter and will be dealt with accordingly."

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