Jul 7 2010
CNN’s Senior Editor of Mideast Affairs, Octavia Nasr, professes her respect for an extremist sheikh and spiritual father of terrorist organization Hebollah.
“Today we lost a merciful father and a wise guide,” said Hezbollah’s leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, referring to the death of 75 year old Lebanese Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, seen as one of the original spiritual guides of the terrorist organization.
But Fadlallah was being mourned by a far more surprising source – CNN’s Senior Editor of Mideast Affairs, Octavia Nasr, who Tweeted the following on her personal page:
So exactly what is it that Nasr so admires?
Is it Fadlallah’s praise for the massacre of eight Israeli students at Mercaz Ha-Rav Yeshiva in Jerusalem on March 6, 2008? Or perhaps it was the fatwa to the suicide bomber who attacked the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut in 1983. Fadlallah supported the seizure and hostage-taking at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979, backed suicide bombing attacks in 2002, and praised Iran’s efforts to build long-range missiles as the “pride of the Islamic world” in 2008.
Is this the sort of extremist figure that CNN’s Senior Editor of Mideast Affairs should be professing her respect for?
Many obituaries in the international press have described Fadlallah as something of a “relative moderate”. According to Reuters, however, at the hospital when a nurse asked the ailing cleric what he needed, he replied: “For the Zionist entity to cease to exist.” HONEST REPORTING
CNN fires reporter over pro-terrorist comments
Aaron Klein, Jerusalem bureau chief for World Net Daily, reports from Tel Aviv:
CNNs senior Middle East affairs editor is leaving the media company after it was reported she professed her respect for an anti-American Islamic extremist who was an ideological guide to the Hezbollah terror group and who was accused of masterminding a 1983 attack on U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241 Americans.
Now Mediate.com obtained an internal CNN memo which says of Nasr: We believe that her credibility in her position as senior editor for Middle Eastern affairs has been compromised.
In a blog post expanding on her position, Nasr wrote that it was an error of judgment for me to write such a simplistic comment and Im sorry because it conveyed that I supported Fadlallahs lifes work. Thats not the case at all. Still, CNN promised the issue was serious and would be dealt with accordingly. LINK