Jeffrey Lord CNN Fired

Jeffrey Lord Out as CNN Contributor After 'Indefensible' Tweet

CNN has cut ties with one of its most prominent conservative voices.

Jeffrey Lord is out as an on-air contributor for the network after a controversial tweet of his went viral on Thursday. In a heated Twitter exchange with Media Matters for America president Angelo Carusone, Lord tweeted the Nazi phrase “Sieg Heil!” while accusing Carusone of using fascist tactics to suppress right-wing voices.

“Nazi salutes are indefensible,” a CNN spokesperson said in a statement. “Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.”

A conservative columnist for The American Spectator, Lord had been a frequent on-air presence on CNN during the 2016 election, often defending the actions of then-candidate Donald Trump. He joined the network in August 2015.

CNN has been swinging the ax on both sides of the political spectrum, though: They cut ties with Believer host Reza Aslan in June after he tweeted a number of vulgar insults directed at President Trump, and they also fired comedian Kathy Griffin from their New Year’s Eve coverage after a controversial photo shoot where she held a fake severed head intended to look like Trump’s.

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28 Comments
  1. Way to prove the guy’s point, CNN.

    • Wordsmith says:

      It would only be proving his point if he had been accusing CNN of using fascist tactics to suppress right wing voices. It doesn’t sound like that was the case.
      The only point that this proves is that journalists are held to a higher standard of professional ethics than certain prominent politicians…

    • DL says:

      Uh, no. Fascism would be throwing Lord in jail for his Tweet, or worse. Just because people have free speech in this country doesn’t mean they’re free from the repercussions of using it in the private sector. It’s only the government that has to play hands-off. The rest of us are under no obligation to tolerate such nonsense.
      .
      Lord had a right to say what he wanted, and CNN had the right to take away his platform because they found his speech distasteful. Besides, it’s clearly in CNN’s interest as a business and a corporation. I thought conservatives were in favor of letting companies in the private sector do what they want in order to make a profit, no?

  2. Marie58 says:

    I don’t think any of these people should have been fired. Reprimand them, suspend them if you must. But CNN ceased to be a “news” network a long time ago. Now it’s an opinion platform. And, as such, some colorful opinions are sure to result. Both sides of the aisle need to exercise tolerance. If you disagree with someone, tell them why, or change the channel.

    • BM says:

      Expressing sympathy for Hitler (which using his salute is) means that you support genocide, ethnic cleansing and violence against and suppression of minorities. Why would that be deserving of tolerance?

      • Kathy Wille says:

        By using the salute he was inferring that Angelo Carusone was behaving like Hitler not that he agreed with Hitler.

        • JJ. says:

          Which is ridiculous in an of itself. I’m left questinging the education system at whatever high school he went to if he was somehow able to make that comparison

      • Marie58 says:

        Who was expressing sympathy for Hitler? It’s a victory salute used originally by Nazis at political rallies. More important, in this case, it was to point out irony. Not a show of support for Hitler. Unless someone can show that Lord is a Hitler sympathizer then, once again, we have widespread frenzied overreaction. Which seems to be a daily event. If CNN is going to can everyone who says or does something offensive they’re going to have to step up their new hires.

        • Mary says:

          Well in my opinion certain things SHOULD BE taboo and anything Nazi is on of them. I personally am glad he is gone. I used to mute or change the station when he came on. Sad really that our society has become immune and people don’t stop before speaking. Nothing about PC but basic human decency has been thrown out the window, more so now with the loud mouth buffoon in office.

          • Angela says:

            Agreed.
            .
            Frankly, I don’t care what side of the political aisle one is on, everyone needs to chill with the Nazi/Hitler comparisons, honestly. It’s beyond played out as an argument/comparison, and it doesn’t help us actually deal with the legit issues at hand. Lord’s a grown man, he can find a better, more mature way to make his point than this.
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            There’s also the fact that all the constant Hitler/Nazi comparisons people like to throw around nowadays, insinuating situations like this are even remotely comparable to Hitler or living in the Holocaust or whatever, are a slap in the face to the people who actually did live through that horrific time period.

    • PatriciaLee says:

      When they took over CNN and stopped the ticker tape scrolling on the bottom of the screen telling us the most important news of the day, for each state, that’s when it stopped being a news station. I’ve always considered it just some kind of money spin, after that, and I never cared to figure out what kind. Just a bore, imho, and I just don’t get why the lack of common sense has gone so over the top, across the board.

  3. Kristina says:

    Good. Professionalism still matters, and these people are the public faces of the network, whether they’re on air or on social media or walking down the street.

  4. Please let the door hit you in the head on the way out multiple times

    good riddance you Pompous Arrogant Pile Of Crap

  5. Coop says:

    I find Jeffrey Lord to be awful, but wasn’t he just mocking them with that tweet? If you’re going to fire him, do it because he sucks, not because you’re taking a tweet out of context.

  6. Vee Bee says:

    The only surprise here is that it took THIS much. He should have been fired a long time ago.

  7. David Hess says:

    Jeffrey Lord clearly said it sarcastically while mocking Angelo Carusone.

    • DL says:

      Sorry, but the idea that you can say whatever offensive thing you want as long as you’re being “sarcastic” or “just joking” is an empty straw man argument. It’s just an excuse to behave like a boor and try to get away with it. What happened to the era when conservatives were known for their class and decency?

      • David Hess says:

        Well then I guess Family Guy, American Dad, The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Rick and Morty and South Park should all be canceled because they clearly violate your rule that jokes can’t be offensive!

        • DL says:

          Another straw man. There’s a giant difference between satire and openly mocking someone on the internet using hate speech. But you already know that, I’m sure. Nice try, though.

          • David Hess says:

            Family Guy isn’t satire at this point, Seth MacFarlane and his team clearly hate conservative/religious people, and yeah I used a straw man argument, so instead I’ll say that my honest opinion is that in this context I agree with Jeffrey Lord. Angelo Carusone tries to silence all conservative voices and this incident unfortunately helped him scratch a name off his political/rhetorical hitlist. I personally don’t believe Jeffery’s tweet to be hateful as their was no hatred actually directed towards anyone. Unfortunately for him he wasn’t as lucky as Bill Maher.

    • Mary says:

      Kathy Griffin clearly was joking with her tasteless stunt but she was tar and feathered. Like I taught my children, every action has a reaction, can be positive or negative you choose. Be prepare to face the outcome. A lesson clearly #45 and many of his minions were never taught.

  8. Brock Hard says:

    So that’s where CNN draws the line? All the absolute lies and nonsense he spewed to defend Trump was OK?

  9. Ina Hark says:

    Thank heavens I will now be free of him and Kaylee McEnany if I want to watch Anderson Cooper.

    • Mary says:

      Yep, but he needs to keep that Nan nit wit off. I can tolerate Miller and others but she is just unbearable. Scary to think that she is a MD because what comes out her mouth does not sound the lest bit intelligent. NO not because I don’t agree with her. Now he is free to go to fox or better yet #45 bs media station with Kaylee and gravel for him all they want.

  10. Dennis T says:

    Well that will make it much radio watch CNN!

  11. Jami says:

    Good can’t stand that deplorable bastard.