CNN reporter suspended after criticising US vote to halt Syrian refugee arrivals
A CNN reporter has been suspended by the network for two weeks and forced to apologise after tweeting her personal views on a vote in the US House of Representatives which went 289-137 in favour of halting the acceptance of Syrian refugees.
Following hot on the heels of last week’s terror attacks in Paris the move has proved highly controversial and prompted Elise Labott to tweet the news out – alongside a personal comment: “House passes bill that could limit Syrian refugees. Statue of Liberty bows head in anguish.”
Within seven hours however Labott had been forced to backtrack, tweeting: “Everyone, It was wrong of me to editorialize. My tweet was inappropriate and disrespectful. I sincerely apologize.”
Everyone, It was wrong of me to editorialize. My tweet was inappropriate and disrespectful. I sincerely apologize.
— Elise Labott (@eliselabottcnn) November 20, 2015
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