Ever since the emergence of Donald Trump as a political force, CNN has tried to deflect criticism about its anti-Trump bias by pointing to its two pro-Trump acolytes, Kayleigh McEnaney and Jeffrey Lord. They were frequently the lone dissenters in lopsided panels on “The Most Trusted Name in News,” defending Trump against a tidal wave of leftists.
But now, both are gone.
After McEnaney left the network last week to serve as a spokesperson for the Republican National Committee and anchor of the newly formed Trump TV, CNN fired Mr. Lord on Thursday after the former Reagan administration official mockingly used the words “sieg heil” in a tweet aimed at the left wing group, Media Matters.
After Media Matters posted a tweet pointing out a mistake in the headline of Lord’s column in The American Spectator characterizing the group as “Media Matters Fascists” and “anti-free speech bigots,” Lord responded by employing the Nazi salute to ridicule them.
Your headline has a mistake in it. Why do you expect anyone to take you seriously when you don't take yourself seriously.
— Angelo Carusone (@GoAngelo) August 10, 2017
— Jeff Lord (@realJeffreyLord) August 10, 2017
CNN responded in short order, announcing the firing of Lord: “Nazi salutes are indefensible…Jeffrey Lord is no longer with the network.”
It is ironic that this Twitter war began over the headline on Lord’s story. Writers and columnists do not compose their own headlines – this is common knowledge in the media business.
Jason Miller is now the only pro-Trump figure remaining at CNN, which has yet to announce whether it will replace McEnaney and/or Lord with new pro-Trump voices.