CNN fires Jeffrey Lord after Nazi salute tweet

“This is straight-up fascism, controlling the media to their likes. On Wednesday, Lord had posted an article speaking out against Media Matters, accusing the site of spreading “fascist propaganda.” He followed up on Thursday with a new story   that included the Twitter response of Media Matters president Angelo Carusone — with his name misspelled in the headline. CNN has fired commentator Jeffrey Lord following his reference to a Nazi salute during a Twitter argument with the president of progressive media watchdog Media Matters. — Jeff Lord (@realJeffreyLord) August 10, 2017

Show Full Article “Maybe now it’s time for CNN’s viewers and employees to encourage CNN to start applying the same standards they have for all their employees to Jeffrey Lord,” Carusone wrote. “Why should he get a free pass?”
But Lord appeared to take his firing in stride; shortly after CNN’s announcement, he tweeted, “LOL!”

LOL! “[Lord] never explicitly said it was a joke, but he sort of indicated that he was kind of joking. There is no humor in it.”
Carusone continued, “He actually is making the argument that what we are doing is akin to what the Nazis and fascists did. So he knew exactly to what I was referring to.”
Lord had used the phrase “Sieg Heil” in the article, which accused Media Matters of fascism and “re-writing the First Amendment.”
“If they don’t like you, if you’re a conservative, they will come for you,” he told EW. I’m not saying that to be cute, I mean it. Because what that does is change history in a really unpleasant way.”

A bunch of people have asked if Media Matters is calling for Jeffrey Lord to be fired for issuing the Nazi victory salute. It’s actually not a joke. Carusone tweeted at Lord, writing, “Your headline has a mistake in it. And unless we speak up and mock them and take them on directly, which I have always tried to and intend to keep doing, then, they’re going to be able to get away with it.”
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Carusone also spoke to EW before Lord’s firing and expressed his “confusion” over being called a Nazi. “Nazi salutes are indefensible,” the network said in a statement to EW. “Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.”

Sieg Heil! Here's my answer: pic.twitter.com/60DmvwTVWG
— Angelo Carusone (@GoAngelo) August 10, 2017

Carusone called on CNN to hold Lord accountable in a statement posted on Twitter. If you’re going to call what I’m doing the same as the Nazis, what he really needs to do is to take a break and go to the Holocaust Museum and really just educate himself on what that period was like. “It doesn’t make any sense,” he said. — Jeff Lord (@realJeffreyLord) August 10, 2017

Lord, who spoke to EW shortly before he was fired, said the tweet was “a direct reference to the article that was written and published in The American Spectator the day before, which I know for a fact Angelo Carusone read. Why do you expect anyone to take you seriously when you don’t take yourself seriously.” Lord replied, “Sieg Heil!”
Hours after Lord’s tweet, which is still on his feed (shown above), the conservative commentator was fired by CNN. But there isn’t a joke there.