Former CNN television personality Jeffery Lord was fired from the network this week after he invoked a Nazi slogan during a twitter beef.
Lord achieved stardom on the network for his relentless and sometimes stubborn defense of President Donald Trump.
Nobody is denying the man’s talent, he is a productive contributor.
Lord was engaged in an escalating war of words via twitter with Angelo Carusone, who works in the employ of a liberal advocacy group.
Why he felt such a tweet was appropriate is still unclear, but the excuse he made to the associated press has only amplified the firestorm.
From Fox News
“From my perspective CNN caved on the First Amendment of all things. I disagree. I respectfully disagree.”
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.
One of the more infuriating practices in this country, is to invoke the first amendment as some type of get out jail free card for controversial or bigoted commentary.
CNN is a private company, and if you damage the company on a public level by spewing a slogan that is synonymous with the Jewish holocaust they have a right to fire you on the spot.
There is no example, no comparison, no possible scenario that requires using that type of language because you disagree with someone’s politics.
It’s insensitive, it’s tone deaf, and it’s hurtful to millions of people.
As for the First Amendment?
Give me a break.
I can’t believe I am asking a 66 year old man to grow up, or to remember some of the basic lessons he learned in elementary school, but I have to do so here.
If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all, and certainly don’t subvert the Constitution to provide cover for disgusting commentary.
It was disgraceful and lazy for Mr. Lord to use the first amendment as an alibi for his behavior.
Now, Lord will become a marauder to some Americans, and CNN will be cast as the big bad corporate/liberal network that would not allow the outspoken conservative to be himself.
That’s my friends is a cop out, an underhanded way to escape full accountability, a common tactic among the weak.
Mr. Lord, I am glad you were fired, after a long work week, I was relieved to see that standards still exist in this country.