UPDATE with additional information: CNN’s global affairs correspondent Elisa Labott has tweeted an apology for yesterday’s tweet that got her suspended from the cable news network. But if CNN thought this would end the episode, the network was mistaken based on the Twitter conversation it triggered:
“Actually that first tweet was spot on,” responded one to her apology.
“Routine framing decis by CNN involve more editorializing than the tweet,” weighed in James Fallows, adding “your comment will stand up better than the bill.” Earlier, he’d commented of her original suspension-triggering tweet: Just to spell it out this is the “least” of the editorializing a news network does in a typical day. Odd to draw such focus.”
A good-ish number of responses targeted CNN.
“You were clearly compelled to apologize and that’s just ugly, jarring and dispiriting to see,” said one.
“Girl, no. Your employer has farts for brains. You are in the right,” chimed in another.
“The first tweet was good and I’m sorry you have to apologize to keep your job,” said yet another.
But not everyone subscribed to that school of thought:
“You were not right. The house vote was to protect our country!” said someone tweeting as The Silent Majority.
“Screw you & the rest of Obama’s media machine. You don’t mind terrorists? Take a few home with you. Don’t endanger us!” suggested another, helpfully.
CNN suspended Labott for two weeks over a tweet that followed Thursday’s House vote affecting Syrian refugees trying to enter this country.
Her network reported that the House easily passed a bill that would suspend the program allowing Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the country until key national security agencies certify they don’t pose a security risk. The vote was 289-137, with 47 Democrats joining 242 Republicans in favor of the bill, creating a majority that could override President Barack Obama’s promised veto, CNN reported. The bill faces an uncertain future in the Senate, where Minority Leader Harry Reid said he will try to block it.
The vote comes in the wake of last week’s attacks in Paris that left 129 dead.
Labott’s original tweet: