Former CNN commentator Jeffrey Lord slammed the network that fired him and called out the political double standard in how he was treated.
Lord was fired last month over a controversial tweet which the network “took the wrong way,” he said, speaking to Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Tuesday. The Trump supporter who often debated other liberals on the network tweeted “Sieg Heil,” the Nazi salute, at left-wing Media Matters for using fascist language.
“I was fired from CNN because I was mocking Nazi-style tactics from Media Matters,” Lord told Carlson, who asked him to comment on CNN host W. Kamau Bell who spoke at a California Antifa rally but was not disciplined by the network.
“I had written a column condemning Media Matters in their latest venture to stop Sean Hannity,” Lord said, explaining that the mockery in the piece involved the Nazi phrase “Sieg heil!” which, when used on Twitter, CNN “immediately took it the wrong way.”
“They have the right to hire or fire whoever they want, but I’m not sure they understood that I was aware that this group had gone after a businessman in Rye, New York… who by the way is Jewish, and terrorized his business,” Lord noted. “I believe that it is okay to mock people who use Nazi-style tactics, to mock Nazis, white separatists, white supremacists, the Klu Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, these people have no role in our American civic society. I found it interesting that the president was being accused of not calling out people by name. I called out people by name and I got fired for it.”
Carlson strained to understand why CNN would fire Lord for using the language to mock those who use the terms, not to endorse it.
Lord explained that CNN called the tweet “indefensible” despite the fact that “there was no reaction” when he used the same phrase in an “American Spectator” column two days earlier. However, the network did not comment on Bell’s public appearance which many condemned for “inciting violence.”
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Lord noted that he had been diligent when at CNN to be careful in his choices, recalling that he declined an offer by Jared Kushner to introduce then-candidate Donald Trump at a campaign event, because he “wasn’t sure if that was a good thing to do in terms of CNN.” The network even stopped him from speaking at a 2016 rally in Hershey, Pa. after Trump became president-elect.
“So just when I saw that clip [of Bell], I thought that was a little curious,” Lord said.
“It sounds to me like if you were prevented from speaking at a Trump rally, and Kamau Bell is cheering on Antifa,” Carlson concluded, “there’s a double standard at CNN depending on what your political views are.”