CNN cuts ties with contributor over ‘abhorrent' tweets expressing admiration for Hitler
Added 05-17-21 03:37:02am EST - “CNN has said that it will no longer be working with an Islamabad-based freelancer, after it was revealed that he had published a string of tweets praising Adolf Hitler.” - Rt.com
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Adeel Raja caught the attention of commentators and news outlets on Sunday after providing ‘analysis’ on the ongoing violence between Hamas militants and the Israeli military.
However, it was soon discovered that it wasn’t Raja’s first anti-Semitic outburst on social media. The journalist had penned several other tweets expressing admiration for Hitler and his campaign of extermination against the Jews.
In a tweet from 2014, he explained that he was rooting for Germany during the World Cup because “Hitler was a German and he did good with those jews!” In another message, he urged Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) to “please go to Israel ASAP.”
As pundits and outlets began highlighting the cache of troubling messages, CNN apparently felt compelled to clarify its relationship with the freelancer. The network said in a statement provided to the media that Raja has never been a CNN employee, explaining that he “contributed to some newsgathering efforts from Islamabad.”
“[I]n light of these abhorrent statements, he will not be working with CNN again in any capacity,” the network said.
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