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?