Washington: CNN has suspended its global affairs correspondent Elise Labott for two weeks after she expressed her displeasure on Twitter about the US House of Representatives voting on a bill that would make it harder for Syrian and Iraqi refugees to enter the US.
— Elise Labott (@eliselabottcnn) November 19, 2015
Her tweet garnered over 5,000 tweets and about 7,000 likes. She was suspended on the same day.
The US House lawmakers voted Thursday to halt a program aimed at resettling thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing their homeland that is facing a civil war and battle between the ISIS and other world powers, including Russia and the United States.
“In light of the Paris attacks, we are certainly mindful that there are certain members of Congress that want to take another look at this,” State spokesman John Kirby said, adding, “We’re aware of some potential legislation coming. We’re going to continue to work with members of Congress on that, and any other concern they have.”
After Labott drew flak on Twitter for her comments, she apologized for her “inappropriate and disrespectful tweet”.
Everyone, It was wrong of me to editorialize. My tweet was inappropriate and disrespectful. I sincerely apologize.
— Elise Labott (@eliselabottcnn) November 20, 2015
While the journalist received support, she was also criticized for her tweet and also for apologizing for expressing her opinion, as the US Constitution allows her to do so.
— Consultingdienste.de (@designieure) November 21, 2015
— stu stein (@thestustein) November 19, 2015
If you haven't completely abandoned your humanity, good luck getting a job at CNN. https://t.co/ljgvzbVJto
— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) November 20, 2015
— Muna AbuSulayman (@MunaAbuSulayman) November 20, 2015
— Vicki (@VickiNovember) November 19, 2015
— Don Surber (@donsurber) November 19, 2015
— James Murphy (@jamesmurphypdx) November 20, 2015
— Ric Fouad (@ricfouad) November 20, 2015
— Mary Ann Barbero (@marieann66) November 20, 2015
@eliselabottcnn This tweet seemed within the bounds of legitimate commentary. Also being a good person. Thanks for your humanity.
— Rachel Sklar (@rachelsklar) November 20, 2015
.@eliselabottcnn You are a human being. Your tweet was NOT inapprorpriate nor was it disrespectful. It was the simple truth.
— Colleen Lindsay (@ColleenLindsay) November 20, 2015