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Updates on CNN’s firing of longtime top staffer Octavia Nasr over a tweet: former CNN host Daryn Kagan defends her, and at legnth Glenn Greenwald attacks move. Greenwald: "Within this episode lies several important lessons about media "objectivity’ and how the scope of permissible views is enforced."
AP reveals that it held back reporting news on terror plot against U.S., coming out of Norway, for two weeks.
Andrew Bacevich on Obama’s lack of a "moral" core, plus: "Obama doesn’t want to be in Afghanistan any more than Benjamin Netanyahu wants to be in the West Bank. Yet like the Israeli prime minister, the president lacks the guts to get out. It’s all so complicated. There are risks involved. Things might go wrong. So the war continues." See my new piece on Bacevich here.
Turn lemons into lemonade? So says GOP/Tea Party candidate vs. Harry Reid in Nevada in opposing abortions in all cases, even when teen raped by father. Huff Post has audio.
Remember that popular YouTube video of Israelis dancing in the streets? Andrew Sullivan: "It sure was a fun video. But a little context makes it less so. The street in Hebron they were dancing on is restricted to Jewish settlers, who make up just one percent of the town’s population. The Palestinians who live on the street cannot leave their homes through the front doors because the Israeli occupiers welded their doors shut in 2000. Here’s a video from B-Tselem showing how one woman has to clamber across a rooftop just to leave her house. She also claims she is the object of relentless harassment by the settlers, subsidized by you and me."
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CNN drops respected Middle East senior editor and reporter Octavia Nasr after she tweets that she had some respect for Hezbollah leader Fadlallah who passed away. She later apologized, saying she had foolishly tried to express something in 140 characters that is much too complex for that — and she is in fact critical of much of what the leader did and stood for. Don’t miss very complex Foreign Policy look at Fadallah which happened to run just this past Tuesday.