Social media reacts divisively to Jeffrey Lord firing

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CNN dismissed its pro-Trump personality Jeffery Lord this week after he tweeted the Nazi slur, “Sieg Heil!” to Media Matters’ president Angela Carusone and various media members took to Twitter to add their two cents to the development.

Most laughed at CNN’s sporadic judgement of what was clearly a quip from Lord, but were ultimately unsurprised he was let go. Its 2017, you can’t say anything on social media, let alone references to fascism.

“Nazi salutes are indefensible,” a CNN spokesperson said Thursday. “Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.”

Lord was reportedly upset at Carusone for launching a campaign to get Fox News personality Sean Hannity fired from the network. His controversial tweet went viral after several media outlets reported on it and Carusone took a screenshot and tweeted it to CNN, saying, “On air talent issuing (in serious and non-ironic way) Nazi victory salutes.”

It is yet to be determined whether the tweet was actually sent in a “serious and non-ironic way” but it was eye-catching nonetheless.

Lord himself didn’t seem to be too torn up over being let go, tweeting, “LOL!” upon hearing the news.

CNN didn’t escape criticism either, as Richard Deitsch tweeted: “CNN was good with Jeff Lord’s bullshit for a long time. That they discovered some sort of moral compass today is quite the trick.”

As we reported earlier this week, Media Matters has launched an all-out campaign to bring down Hannity’s radio and TV shows by targeting his advertisers.  You can read about it by clicking here.

It’s important to note that before the exchange that took place today between Lord and Caruson, Media Matters had called for Lord’s firing from CNN in the past.

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