The Lebanese militant Hezbollah has denounced CNN's decision to fire a Middle East editor for posting a note on Twitter expressing admiration for the country's late top Shiite cleric.That Twitter posting was a glimpse into the mindset of Nasr and was all too revealing. It showed where her true interests lied.
Octavia Nasr later apologized for her tweet in which she described Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah as "one of Hezbollah's giants I respect a lot." But CNN officials said her credibility had been compromised.
Hezbollah's spokesman Ibrahim Moussawi says CNN's decision amounts to "intellectual terrorism" and reflects the West's "double standards" in dealing with the Mideast.
They benefited from the fact that a CNN journalist who was responsible for setting the tone of reporting from the Middle East and on the Arab-Israeli peace process was a Hizbullah-loving sympathizer who found that Hizbullah's spiritual leader was someone who was praise-worthy when he died, even though Hizbullah is a terrorist group, is dedicated to Israel's destruction, and refuses to comply with UNIFIL disarmament.
CNN had no choice but sack Nasr because it revealed a bias that was all too prevalent in CNN reporting and the organization had a media mess on its hands if it didn't take action. Hizbullah loses a propaganda mouthpiece in the process, which is why they're pissed.