Thursday, July 08, 2010

The New McCarthyites and the sacking of Octavia Nasr


Last year, in the First Post, I discussed the ‘New McCarthyism’- the worrying trend for people to be hounded out of their jobs by certain lobby groups for expressing the ‘wrong‘ opinions.

Here‘s another example, from America. Octavia Nasr apologised for her ‘tweet‘ in which she talked of her ‘respect’ for the Lebanese theologian Ayatollah Fadlallah. But as David Cairns points out in the First Post, her "reasoned and reasonable clarification" was not enough- and Ms Nasr’s twenty-year career with CNN is now at an end.

Another victory for the New McCarthyites.

UPDATE: It seems that the British Ambassador to Lebanon is the latest target of the New McCarthyites.

Here’s a couple of the comments underneath the article:

Frances Guy should be sacked immediately

Melanie, please start a e-petition to get her sacked


Go for it, New McCarthyites! We can’t have people in positions of authority expressing opinions with which you disagree, can we?

5 comments:

james said...

HI, Sorry this isn't a comment about mcCarthyism but I've started a Erich Fromm party of sorts, how would I get in contact with you, if you'd like to know more about it?

Gregor said...

Was reading on Wikipedia that both Nasr and Helen Thomas who was the victim of a similar campaign were both Arab Christians.

Whilst I generally avoid commenting about Middle East issues, I do think that the neo-cons could ask why it is that a non-Muslim people who have been successful in trade and education aren't so keen to support the forces of 'the West', 'civilisation' general goodness etc. which so self evidently acts to their favour. In the neo-con cosmos that is.

jack said...

It is pretty well known now that Jews control the mass media in the US and majority of senior government positions and that the Neocons are primarily Jewish Zionists which even Jewish publications admit.

That’s why the AEI can promote anti-Muslim hysteria like Wilders or that black women who converted from Islam in Holland yet support Muslim states with Islamist connections and ties to groups like HAMAS, Hezbollah, etc when it suits US geo-political advantage in Bosnia, Kosovo, Chechnya and North Caucasus, Central Asia and Xinjing but not in Palestine.

jack said...

Neocons are primarily Jewish Zionists which even Jewish publications admit.

That’s why the AEI can promote anti-Muslim hysteria like Wilders or that black women who converted from Islam in Holland yet support Muslim states with Islamist connections and ties to groups like HAMAS, Hezbollah, etc when it suits US geo-political advantage in Bosnia, Kosovo, Chechnya and North Caucasus, Central Asia and Xinjing but not in Palestine.

jack said...

Actually the worst instance of mass media hysteria was the whole Jade Goody Celebrity Big Brother incident.