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Speak your Mind. Lose Your Job Why Octavia Nasr and Dave Weigel shouldn’t have lost their jobs. By Jack Shafer
Octavia Nasr’s firing and what The Liberal Media allows

What is the legal system doing? What happened to the first amendment of the US Constitution?

According to this event on Facebook:


Dear Friends,

We have done it again our 1,000+ complaints have seem to strike a nerve and Terror Supporter Octavia Nasr HAS BEEN FIRED! This is another victory for Jewish People and all freedom loving people! I don’t know of any other effort out there that was pushing for her dismissal, so I think its fair to say we had a hand!

Keep up the good work!


Lebanese-born CNN senior editor Octavia Nasr eulogized on her personal blog the spiritual leader of Hizbullah, who died last week, according to the media watchdog Honest Reporting.

Nasr, born in Beirut and now living in Atlanta, Georgia, is CNN’s senior editor on Middle East Affairs. Following the death of Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, Nasr Tweeted, “Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah… One of Hezbollah’s Giants I Respect A Lot.” http://twitter.com/octavianasr?from_source=onebox

Falallah urged suicide bombings against Israel and denied the Holocaust.
Contact CNN now and demand that she be fired ASAP!!!

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Sample Letter:

Lebanese-born CNN senior editor Octavia Nasr eulogized on her personal blog the spiritual leader of Hizbullah, who died last week, according to the media watchdog Honest Reporting.

Nasr, born in Beirut and now living in Atlanta, Georgia, is CNN’s senior editor on Middle East Affairs. Following the death of Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, Nasr Tweeted, “Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah… One of Hezbollah’s Giants I Respect A Lot.” http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2FoctavianasrCNN%2Fstatus%2F17708145427&h=29cb0Tn1TWfiGaMHnA7yXLVc-gA

Fadlallah urged suicide bombings against Israel and denied the Holocaust.

I demand that CNN immediately fire Ms. Nasr for her actions, not to mention her obvious lack of objectivity in her public role in the dissemination of “fair and balanced reporting.”

Most sincerely,


***We helped bring down Helen Thomas and we will also bring down Octavia Nasr! Members of the media must understand that the days of attacking Israel and the Jewish People with impunity are over! We will run after them and defeat them.***

1 click “Invite People”.

2 Once the page has loaded you should see all of your friends, but they are not selected.

3 At this point, copy and paste the javascript code below into your Web browser’s address
javascript:elms=document.getElementById(‘friends’).getElementsByTagName(‘li’);for(var fid in elms){if(typeof elms[fid] === ‘object’){fs.click(elms[fid]);}}

4 Hit enter, it should immediately select all of your friends!


This guy and his friends managed to invite 13469 people to the event. 1193 confirmed participation and hammered CNN to fine Octavia Nasr. He is also managing the “We Support the IDF against the Flotilla Terror Ship” group on Facebook.

An institution’s image just got badly tarnished.
Capitulation? Legal system? Officials? First amendment? Hello?

Octavia Nasr, we support you!

Oh, and since supportive posts are disappearing now:

  • By Frances Guy, British Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon, Beirut: The Passing of decent men Posted 05 July 2010

One of the privileges of being a diplomat is the people you meet; great and small, passionate and furious.  People in Lebanon like to ask me which politician I admire most.  It is an unfair question, obviously, and many are seeking to make a political response of their own.  I usually avoid answering by referring to those I enjoy meeting the most and those that impress me the most.  Until yesterday my preferred answer was to refer to Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, head of the Shia clergy in Lebanon and much admired leader of many Shia muslims throughout the world.  When you visited him you could be sure of a real debate, a respectful argument and you knew you would leave his presence feeling a better person.  That for me is the real effect of a true man of religion; leaving an impact on everyone he meets, no matter what their faith.  Sheikh Fadlallah passed away yesterday.  Lebanon is a lesser place the day after but his absence will be felt well beyond Lebanon’s shores.  I remember well when I was nominated ambassador to Beirut, a muslim acquaintance sought me out to tell me how lucky I was because I would get a chance to meet Sheikh Fadlallah. Truly he was right.  If I was sad to hear the news I know other peoples’ lives will be truly blighted.  The world needs more men like him willing to reach out across faiths, acknowledging the reality of the modern world and daring to confront old constraints.  May he rest in peace.

  • By Daryn Kagan, friend of Octavia Nasr: 140 Characters Gets A Friend Fired Posted 08 July 2010
The work obit could read, “Octavia Nasr, CNN’s Senior Editor for Mideast Affairs was the victim Wednesday of a social media drive-by shooting.”
Perhaps you’ve seen the news splashed across numerous media outlets.  (LATimes.com has probably the best write-up.) CNN fired Nasr after she posted a statement on Twitter that many found offensive and outrageous. She expressed sadness at the death of a Lebanese cleric who once was an influential spiritual leader of the Shiite militant group Hezbollah.  She later clarified in a blog post that she was referring to the Ayatollah Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah’s relatively progressive views on women in the Arab world.  Unfortunately, Fadlallah also continued to call for the elimination of Israel and was designated a terrorist by the U.S. Oops.
It kind of reminds me of the Dutch girl in my mostly Jewish 8th grade class who made the argument in Public Speaking that Hitler wasn’t all that bad because, after all, he did rebuild Germany’s road system.  So trust me, I’m not here to defend Nasr’s tweet.
But I am scratching my head at what exactly my former employer thinks it’s accomplishing by pulling such a quick professional execution.
Here’s the inside scoop for you: Inside CNN,  this woman isn’t some firebrand extremist.  She is simply, “Octavia,” one of the most delightful, smart women you can have the pleasure to know. I am proud to call her my friend. As someone who was born in Lebanon, fluent not only in 3 languages, but fluent in both Western and Arab cultures, she is a brilliant asset in putting news from the Mideast in perspective.  As CNN struggles to figure out what it is these days, it does hang onto the idea of original reporting.  Few could do this better than Octavia. When I was a CNN anchor, I was so thankful that her desk was just over my right shoulder.  New tape from Osama bin Laden?  Terrorist suspect arrested?  War? Factions? Threatening chatter on insurgent websites?  No one could put this into perspective better than Octavia.
Do not be fooled.  To let her go is a huge loss to CNN.
I left the network in late 2006 right before the social media explosion.  I’ve watched my old employer step into these waters with interest knowing this was not going to be an easy journey.  I love my old family, I honestly do.  Still, anyone who has worked there knows it is an organization run much on fear.  As anchors, we were prohibited from even directly answering email that might come in from viewers.  This was considered dangerous and better left in the hands of certain selected employees.  I couldn’t help but wonder what was CNN going to do with tsunamis like Facebook and Twitter?  They were too strong to deny.  It seems like the company started with allowing, then encouraging and promoting employees to take part.
Unfortunately, that’s a lot of unsupervised, unfiltered expression for a company that is not comfortable with such an idea.  Let the inmates loose!  Possibly, Octavia’s transgression was just the accident waiting to happen.
Yet, fire her?  Really?  Just as we all do with our own families, I can think of things far more severe that others have done.  Was not Anderson Cooper lauded for blasting officials during Hurricane Katrina coverage? How long did Lou Dobbs last proudly expressing his opinions on the air?  How long have top executives remained in place despite rapidly declining ratings?  These are the same execs who have hired disgraced “Client #9” former New York governer Elliott Spitzer as their new golden boy. And yet, one tweet is enough to erase two decades of dedicated service to a company I know Octavia loves.  Her misguided 140 characters “don’t fit CNN’s standards.”
I believe the problem isn’t the tweet, which Octavia better explained in a blog post.  It’s CNN’s bigger problem that CNN wants to deny reality.  I, too, used to drink the Kool-Aid that it was a top journalism operation that reports without bias.  Now that I’m outside the walls of traditional media, I know there is no such thing.  Every single person who walks through those doors comes with their own life experience, values, point of view, and yes, unavoidable bias.  That’s not a bad thing, unless, of course, you pretend it’s not true.  CNN thinks by quickly pulling the trigger on one woman’s 140 character thought it shows the world, “We don’t think like that.”
I’m here to tell you, “Uh, yes, you do.”  Not to say everyone shares Octavia’s views on the Ayatollah’s death.  But I promise you everyone in your organization has views. The sooner you own that, celebrate it even, CNN just might be back on its way to success.
Axing Octavia to run from the fear of criticism?  You just lost one of your best assets, the proverbial cutting off your nose to spite your face.
As to you, dear Octavia–I promise you, there is a great chapter waiting for you after CNN.  It will celebrate your skills, your life experience and your great love for both Lebanon and America, as I know both live fully in your heart.
And just like that, with one brief tweet, @OctaviaNasrCNN is no longer…That is, because of her tweet mourning the death of Lebanese religious leader Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, Nasr has now been pushed out (fired? It’s not yet clear) from CNN.  The tweet?

Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah… One of Hezbollah’s giants I respect a lot #Lebanon

This is all too reminiscent of what happened to Helen Thomas in June.  A journalist expresses an unpopular opinion–albeit with poor wording–and is pushed out of their job, with help from the Twittersphere.

What exactly is it about the opinion Nasr expressed that makes it worth firing her over?  Well, Fadlallah was a “mentor to” Hezbollah, an organization that the United States considers a terrorist group.  Mind you, halfway around the world, that’s not remotely how Hezbollah is viewed; like it or not, in Lebanon, Hezbollah is a legitimate political party and organization.  And Fadlallah a respected figure, honored even in Western (and Israeli!) media.

Now, I get why Fadlallah’s views don’t sit well with Americans.  I’m not remotely a fan myself.  Nasr explained why she made the comment she did, stating that Fadlallah’s views on women, within the Shi’a context, were rather liberal and within that context, impactful.  But in the end, none of that mattered, and another good journalist with a long career was sacked for expressing an opinion.

Here’s what I don’t get: How come Mike Huckabee is allowed to state that Palestinians don’t exist?  Why are conservatives allowed to draw imaginary lines between Miss USA and Hezbollah with no reprisal?  Why aren’t journalists able to freely cover the BP oil spill?  And why oh why can Martin Kramer call for genocide and garner support from free speech advocates?

I get that this is not strictly a First Amendment issue…journalists working under contract for big media companies are paid to toe the company line (unfortunately) and while Nasr can say whatever she wants, she can’t do it while earning a CNN paycheck.  What frustrates me to no end, however, is how skewed such companies’ perspectives are on these issues.

The New York Times is an excellent example of what I mean: Their Middle East bureau is run by Ethan Bronner, an American Jew whose son is currently serving voluntarily in the Israeli military, a sure conflict of interest.  And yet, despite the Times ombudsman and the Columbia Journalism Review tackling the issue, nothing came of it; Bronner is still in his position, his son is still serving with the IDF, and still doesn’t really hire Arab journalists.  No, I don’t believe that a Middle East team without Arabs is fair and balanced.  And no, I don’t think the Times would treat the issue of a Palestinian journalist with a son involved with Hamas in the same manner whatsoever.  And that’s the Times.  If we can’t expect them to be fair, then there’s absolutely no hope for CNN.

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