Should a journalist be fired for stating an opinion?
After 20 years at CNN, Senior Editor of Mideast Affairs Octavia Nasr fired following the uproar over her tweet in praise of Hezbollah cleric Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah. Three days before, Nasr had tweeted: “Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah.. One of Hezbollah's giants I respect a lot..”
She later said she regretted the tweet and explained that she didn’t support Fadlallah’s life’s work, but admired his “contrarian and pioneering stand among Shia clerics on woman's rights.” But CNN believed Nasr’s credibility as a journalist was already compromised, and removed her from her position.
Did CNN make the right decision? Should a journalist lose his or her job for stating an opinion? How much should journalists share about their personal beliefs on social networks?