Look at How Journalists Reacted When CNN Reporter Conceded It Was ‘Wrong…to Editorialize’ House Refugee Bill

Journalists from across the industry criticized CNN Thursday night for suspending a reporter who admitted it was “wrong” of her to “editorialize” a House-passed bill that strengthened the screening process for refugees fleeing Syria.

CNN global affairs correspondent Elise Labott was suspended for two weeks after publishing a tweet which said the Statue of Liberty had bowed its head “in anguish” after the House passed the legislation 289-137.

Most news organizations require reporters refrain from commenting on policy issues in a partisan way and Labott later conceded that her tweet was “inappropriate and disrespectful.”

https://twitter.com/eliselabottcnn/status/667539688991948800/

Following her apology, however, journalists from around the web slammed CNN for the move and expressed support for Labott’s tweet — despite the reporter’s acknowledgment that it failed to abide by one of journalism’s most basic rules.

https://twitter.com/acarvin/status/667545143663329280/

https://twitter.com/lisang/status/667546450604224512/

https://twitter.com/JamalDajani/status/667549352274083840/

https://twitter.com/ChristopherJM/status/667549505231917057/

https://twitter.com/speechboy71/status/667548037334593537/

https://twitter.com/Max_Fisher/status/667544052557078529/

https://twitter.com/gregorydjohnsen/status/667547126935760897/

https://twitter.com/joanwalsh/status/667556691421081601/

https://twitter.com/trevortimm/status/667556506204672000/

https://twitter.com/paulxharris/status/667542618281254912/


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