CNN has issued a suspension to a top global affairs correspondent after the cable news channel received blowback over a tweet she sent out in response to a House vote to restrict the admission of Syrian refugees into the country.
Elise Labott was suspended by the cable news channel for two weeks after she tweeted: “House passes bill that could limit Syrian refugees. Statue of Liberty bows head in anguish.”
The tweet received thousands of likes and retweets, but also drew criticism. Media critic Erik Wemple wrote of Labott in The Washington Post: “She’s CNN’s global affairs correspondent and not a commentator, meaning that she’s bound to comply with the CNN neutrality principle/sham.”
Wemple noted that CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker has positioned CNN as the neutral cable news channel, trying to separate it from the politicking favored by rivals Fox News and MSNBC.
For her part, Labott apologized for her message, following up with another tweet that read: “Everyone, It was wrong of me to editorialize. My tweet was inappropriate and disrespectful. I sincerely apologize.”