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CNN Fires Employee Who Tweeted He Has Been Missing Hitler

In one of the most bizarre sequences I’ve seen of late, a CNN contributor, Adeel Raja, responded to tensions between Israel and Hamas by tweeting Sunday that the world needs another Adolf Hitler.

It was later discovered that Raja, a blue-check who has published over 54 articles for CNN, has a long history of publicly sharing his admiration for the former chancellor who fantasized about world domination.

At first, CNN’s PR crew said they had never heard of Raja. Hours later, they fired him.

“In light of these abhorrent statements, he will not be working with CNN again in any capacity,” CNN spokesman Matt Dornic told the Washington Examiner.

As I wrote Sunday, it is not my place to call for Raja’s or anyone else’s job. And while I abhor digging up old tweets to destroy a person at the height of his or her career, that’s not what happened here. Raja tweeted, “the world today needs a Hitler” yesterday. The old tweets just solidified that he wasn’t hacked but has long  supported Hitler, who I believe is the most evil high-profile person in history.

Raja’s tweet, now deleted, was inexcusable.

Here are some others Raja sent out and that were still posted as of Sunday night:

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack covers any news story that deserves attention but focuses on media. His interests include reading Stephen King novels, avoiding traffic on the road, and pretending to solve true-crime mysteries. He still believes Cersei should've won and encourages everyone to always question the news.

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    • Very good point. I wonder if Mr. Burack could inquire with Twitter as to whether actively calling for genocidal extermination constitutes a violation of Twitter’s terms of service.

      Another interesting question for Twitter might be whether deleting a tweet gives the poster a free license for any means of expression. For example, if I habitually threw the n-word around at high profile accounts, then deleted the insults within a half hour, would Twitter allow me to repeat that behavior forever?

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