Reports: CNN Suspends Reporter Over Syrian Refugee Tweet

November 20, 2015 8:51 a.m.

CNN reportedly suspended global affairs correspondent Elise Labott after she reacted Thursday on Twitter to a House vote on legislation that would make it harder for Syrian refugees to enter the U.S.

Despite a veto threat from the White House, many House Democrats joined Republicans in passing a bill that would effectively suspend the admission of Syrian and Iraqi refugees to the U.S. Labott tweeted about the vote, adding: “Statue of Liberty bows head in anguish.”

She tweeted an apology for “editorializing” hours later:

As The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple pointed out, CNN doesn’t tolerate its reporters revealing a partisan bias—although anchors like Don Lemon seem to have more leeway in expressing opinions.

Anonymous CNN sources told Wemple and Politico that Labott had been suspended for two weeks. A CNN spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment by TPM.

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