By Paul Farhi | Washington Post
CNN fired prominent commentator Jeffrey Lord on Thursday after he tweeted the Nazi salutation “Sieg Heil!” in response to a feud with a liberal activist.
“Nazi salutes are indefensible,” a CNN spokesperson said in a statement. “Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.”
Lord, a former official in the Reagan administration, has been featured on many CNN panels and has been a reliable defender of President Donald Trump. He began working with the network during the presidential campaign, and has spoken on behalf of Trump since then.
His undoing was an outgrowth of a long-running argument between Lord and Angelo Carusone, the president of Media Matters for America, a liberal media watchdog group that has been critical of Lord.
In a column for the conservative American Spectator on Thursday, Lord called Carusone’s group the “Media Matters Fascists.” In a follow-up post, he called them “anti-free speech bigots who, in typical fascist style, make it their mission to shut down speech they don’t like.”
Lord was specifically critical of Media Matters’ promotion of an ad boycott against Fox News host Sean Hannity. Lord said Media Matters was playing a “fascist game” by targeting Hannity’s sponsors. The group has led other boycotts against conservative media figures, including Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly.
“This is America, Angelo. Not Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany or Communist Russia,” Lord wrote.
Lord referenced his column in a tweet aimed at Carusone, who tweeted back that Lord’s column incorrectly referred to his…
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