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."
Everyone, It was wrong of me to editorialize. My tweet was inappropriate and disrespectful. I sincerely apologize.— Elise Labott (@Elise Labott)1447988838.0
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.
Dear CNN: More @eliselabottcnn and less @donlemon, please.— Andy Carvin (@Andy Carvin)1447990139.0
It's OK for @CNN to host bigoted pundits & politicians and not challenge them, but not OK for a reporter to sympathize w Syrian refugees— Jamal Dajani جمال (@Jamal Dajani جمال)1447991142.0
Sadly, wrongly, @CNN has suspended @eliselabottcnn for this tweet, which happens to be spot on. https://t.co/dnqGgxaCC4— Christopher Miller (@Christopher Miller)1447991179.0
@eliselabottcnn your first tweet was correct. Whomever asked you apologize is on the wrong side of history & authenticity.— Brian Ries (@moneyries)November 20, 2015
@eliselabottcnn: You did nothing wrong.— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) November 20, 2015
Problem w/CNN's actions is we're seeing embrace of nakedly xenophobic policies toward Muslims. Are media orgs like CNN going to be silent?— Michael Cohen (@Michael Cohen)1447990829.0
I can only hope that if I worked @CNN I'd be suspended along with @eliselabottcnn— GregorydJohnsen (@GregorydJohnsen)1447990612.0
I'm sorry @eliselabottcnn got in trouble. Saw my friend @HowardKurtz turn the eye of Sauron upon her, then went out. Should have known— Joan Walsh (@Joan Walsh)1447992892.0
I hope there are many @CNN reporters internally protesting the suspension of @eliselabottcnn for daring to express sympathy for refugees.— Trevor Timm (@Trevor Timm)1447992848.0
@jaredbkeller @eliselabottcnn she rightly called a racist bill as racist and CNN punishes her for it. Sad.— Paul Harris (@Paul Harris)1447989537.0
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