After being fired from CNN, Jeffrey Lord recounted the story behind tweeting “Sieg Heil!” to liberal Media Matters president Angelo Carusone who Lord called a “fascist.”
On Friday, Lord was interviewed by Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM where he described the background of the incident.
“I had written a column in the American Spectator that appeared on Tuesday in which I went after Media Matters, which I renamed ‘Media Matters Fascists,’” Lord stated. “They make it their business to go after the sponsors of different people on television and radio, the latest of which was Sean Hannity. They’ve done this in past years with Glenn Beck. They’ve done it with Rush Limbaugh and others.”
Lord contended that Media Matters targeted news sources of which they did not approve. Therefore, he resolved to Media Matters as “fascists.”
“So I wrote this in the column, and tongue in cheek, I rewrote the First Amendment as Media Matters would like to see it,” he continued. “At the end of it, I said the American Spectator couldn’t confirm whether it was true that they said, ‘Sieg Heil’ in their draft amendment.”
Carusone replied to Lord’s article, calling it “BS.”
“I cut and pasted all of his tweets and put them on the American Spectator site and just said, ‘Angelo Carusone responds.’ I had a few comments of my own, but I wanted people to see exactly what he was saying, with no monkeying around of it. There was a typo in his name in the title. It begins ‘Ca,’ and it was ‘Co.’ He took note of this and said I wasn’t serious or anything, and so I mockingly said, ‘Sieg Heil’ – which, of course, I knew, since he had read the article. He knew I had said [it] in the article,” Lord said.
Furthermore, Lord acknowledged that he was fired by CNN in response to the Twitter post. He added that he had a “great time” with CNN.”
“I’ve had no complaints,” he remarked of his time at CNN. “I had a great time there, and I have a lot friends who, I might add, I have heard from. I’m not going to say any names, because I am concerned that CNN has caved here, saying that this is a Nazi salute when it was clearly sarcastic.”
“I genuinely find this amazing,” Lord continued later. “I mean, this was such an obvious joke, and they say, ‘Well, you’re not supposed to joke about these things.’ First of all, I was mocking these people. As people in your audience would know, if they’re familiar with American culture, which I know they are, everybody from Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Great Dictator’ back in 1940 in which he mocked Adolph Hitler all the way up to the Blues Brothers with Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, in which they mocked Nazis, mocking Nazis is a good place to be.”
First reported by The Blaze.