After CNN’s global affairs correspondent tweeted her disgust in the House bill passing that would end the Syrian refugee program and was subsequently suspended for two weeks, she took to Twitter to apologize.
Labott wrote, “Everyone, It was wrong of me to editorialize. My tweet was inappropriate and disrespectful. I sincerely apologize.”
But then, a hashtag was started, #IStandwithElise, with people tweeting their support out for Labott.
Many, myself included, pointed out the hypocrisy of the situation. CNN anchors Don Lemon, Carol Costello, Chris Cuomo, Bill Weir, and on and on, have injected personal opinion into their news anchoring as well as their tweets, and haven’t been suspended, much less publicly reprimanded for their wrongdoings.
According to Variety, CNN’s social media policy reads, “If you publicly declare your preference for issues or candidates or one side or the other of the public policy issues CNN reports on, then your ability to be viewed as objective is compromised.”