Let me make sure I have got this right. CNN promoted overt and racist demagogue Lou Dobbs for years. It catapulted the blood-thirsty and radically biased Nancy Grace to stardom. It scooped the execrable dry drunk Glenn Beck out of obscurity and gave him his own show for years. It employs as an anchor the unbearable Wolf Blitzer, even though he was a member of an Israeli lobbying organization.
But now it has fired its long time Middle East Editor Octavia Nasr because she sent a private tweet lamenting the death of a Shiite religious leader who, while widely respected, is also affiliated with Hezbollah? I see. Perfect logic.
By the way, the dead guy she lauded is also the spiritual leader of the Iraqi ruling party which we support in power and Our Man in Baghdad, Prime Minister Al-Malaki, flew off to the old man’s funeral apparently with no fear of getting canned by Hillary Clinton.
Glenn Greenwald takes CNN apart over this. Though, it’s sort of like dynamiting fish in a koi pond.
This is just the latest in a series of MSM foul-ups this month: the outpouring of scorn and ridicule for Michael Hastings and Rolling Stone; the blood-curdling ass-kissing remarks of Pentagon publicist and part-time CBS correspondent Lara Logan; the mind-twisting justifications of WaPo and NYTimes brass on why they chickened out calling American torture what it is: torture. The WaPo’s shameful handling of the David Weigel affair. And now this cowardice and hypocrisy from CNN (which is probably one of the most over-rated institutions in America. It has long been one more trash bin cable outlet lacking in any consistent integrity and, no, I do NOT take Anderson Cooper seriously).
Nasr, as is pointed out, was a mediocre and extremely non-controversial journo. She was hardly a team player for Hezbollah or anyone else (though Blitzer and others are outright Israeli Defense Force flacks). Her tweet was no different than what would have been a 140 character condolence from a Catholic CNN staff member upon learning of the death of a Pope (and this one, I might remind you, also has an untidy history in that terror group known as the Hitler Youth not to mention his current affection for the extremist Opus Dei outfit). Would CNN fire an editor for bias if he or she tweeted “God Bless The Soul of the Departed Pope?”
I am not surprised nor shocked by any of this. But the piling up of these absurd incidents over bias and mythical objectivity are all redolent with the stench of dying institutions. If you need any help hanging the crepe, I will work for beer.