CNN Reporter Suspended Over Tweet On Syrian Refugees


CNN reporter Elise Labott was suspended for two weeks over a tweet where she expressed sympathy toward Syrian refugees.

The global affairs correspondent had tweeted about the House voting on a bill that would make it harder for Syrian refugees to enter the United States.

She wrote: “House passes bill that could limit Syrian refugees. Statue of Liberty bows head in anguish”

ThinkProgress reports: The tweet was first flagged by Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple who suggested it violated “the company’s editorial guidelines.”

It seems uncontroversial that suspending a refugee program — particularly from Syria where hundreds of thousands of people are dying — is not in keeping with the spirit of the Statue of Liberty:

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses, yearning to breath free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

In a follow up tweet several hours later, Labott apologized:

Many of her followers felt unable to accept the apology saying that her original tweet had been spot on and has been retweeted over 2,000 times.

  • Jordan Johnson

    We do need to limit the number of Syria refugees/insurgents. They can not be properly vetted. Furthermore, it is not our duty as a nation to load our nation down with refugees/insurgents who themselves are in the middle of a civil war. They need to go back to their own country when safe to do so. NO citizenship.

    • louise manning

      Yeah im sure the natives felt the same when you guys invaded, but you did it for your own selfish gain instead of fleeing war and poverty. Get your head out of the gutter, put yourself in their shoes.

      • Jordan Johnson

        It appears you have a chip on your shoulder. Look at who wants to come which is usually men. The chaos being caused by these refugees/insurgents is highly evident. No more! Our city is now one third refugees since obama has been in office. It is costing us billions.