CNN severed ties with Jeffrey Lord Thursday after the commentator used the words “Sieg Heil!” in response to a liberal activist on Twitter.
“Nazi salutes are indefensible,” a CNN spokesperson said in a statement. “Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.”
The words — “Sieg Heil,” which is a Nazi victory salute — were used by Lord during a feud on social media with Angelo Carusone, president of the liberal group Media Matters for America.
Lord, a former Reagan administration official and columnist for The American Spectator, published a column Thursday summarizing his feud with Carusone.
In his column, Lord referred to Media Matters as “Media Matters Fascists” and “anti-free speech bigots.”
After the column was published, Carusone responded to Lord by pointing out that his headline had a typo in it.
“Your headline has a mistake in it. Why do you expect anyone to take you seriously when you don’t take yourself seriously,” Carusone said via Twitter.
— Jeff Lord (@realJeffreyLord) August 10, 2017
In response to Carusone, Lord said: “Sieg Heil.”
In a follow-up to his tweet, Lord said the Nazi slogan was a reference to another American Spectator column he wrote Wednesday, in which he blasted Media Matters for launching an advertising boycott against Fox News host Sean Hannity.
In that article, Lord said he was using the Nazi salute to compare Media Matters to fascism.
“The American Spectator has been unable to confirm reports that the original draft of this Media Matters revision ended with the words: ‘Seig Heil!’” Lord wrote.
“This is America, Angelo. Not Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany or Communist Russia,” Lord added.
Carusone subsequently tweeted Thursday that “CNN does not seem to hold Jeffrey Lord to any kind of standard.”
While Lord repeatedly contended he was “mocking Nazis and Fascists,” CNN cut ties with Lord.
“Why would I delete something that mocks the Fascists at Media Matters Fascists?” Lord asked.
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source: Western Journalism