A CNN correspondent, Elise Labott, was suspended for two weeks from her media position after sending out a critical tweet of the House vote, driven by Republicans, to limit the number of refugees allowed into America, due to terrorist concerns.
The vote to suspend a program letting in Syrian and Iraqi refugees to American passed the GOP-led body of Congress by a 289-137 vote. President Obama has vowed to veto the bill.
Labott’s tweet included this non-partisan text: “The House easily passed a bill Thursday that would suspend the program allowing Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the U.S. until key national security agencies certify they don’t pose a security risk.”
But she then opined, above a photograph of the Capitol building: “House passes bill that could limit Syrian refugees. Statue of Liberty bows head in anguish.”
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The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple asked CNN for clarification of its editorial guidelines. And shortly after, he received a response, which he then tweeted: “CNN source informs me that Eilise Labott has been suspended for two weeks for tweet about House vote on refugees.”
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The New York Daily News printed her apology, which she posted a short time after the suspension was rendered.
“Everyone, it was wrong of me to editorialize,” she wrote. “My tweet was inappropriate and disrespectful. I sincerely apologize.”