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.
CNN’s justified in their decision. But for tweeps, @realJeffreyLord was mocking fascism. He’s not a nazi, so let’s dispense w/that now.
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) August 11, 2017
Media smears Jeffrey Lord for making “Nazi gesture” when he was clearly satirizing the left. https://t.co/Du3w9a7m3l
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) August 10, 2017
Most every operative who has worked campaigns in recent years was wondering what Lord was doing on the tube in first place
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) August 10, 2017
CNN is truly a farce & a joke. I’ve known Jeff Lord for decades. He’s a thoroughly decent & thoughtful person…. https://t.co/IMPXFDGVii
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) August 10, 2017
CNN was good with Jeff Lord’s bullshit for a long time. That they discovered some sort of moral compass today is quite a trick.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) August 10, 2017
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) August 10, 2017
— Jeff Lord (@realJeffreyLord) August 10, 2017
It’s funny that something Jeffrey Lord said on Twitter got him fired by CNN despite the endless gong show of vile comments for a year on CNN
— David Pakman (@dpakman) August 11, 2017
CNN should be ashamed at how long they kept Jeffrey Lord on the air in the first place. Shameful.
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) August 10, 2017
CNN just fired Jeffrey Lord for calling someone a grammar Nazi. The purge of Conservatives in media continues.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) August 10, 2017
reminder: cnn was trash for hiring jeffrey lord, they deserve zero kudos for firing him
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) August 11, 2017
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