CNN editor mourns loss of Hizballah leader

Tuesday, July 06, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

Octavia Nasr, CNN's senior editor for Middle East affairs, let the world know on Sunday that she was a huge admirer of Hizballah spiritual leader Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah and mourned his passing at the weekend at the age of 75.

In a message posted to her Twitter account, Nasr wrote: "Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah... One of Hizballah's giants I respect a lot."

The Western media had tried for years to whitewash Fadlallah and insist that while he may have started out as an extremist, he had moderated his views of late. Those efforts were debunked when in 2008 Fadlallah signaled he still very much supported the use of terrorist violence against Israel by publicly applauding the massacre of eight Jewish students at a prominent yeshiva in Jerusalem.

Fadlallah's spiritual teachings are believed to have greatly influenced both the policies and tactics of Hizballah, which remains dedicated to Israel's destruction and the continuous provocation of armed conflict with the Jewish state.

In light of that, media monitor Honest Reporting demanded CNN clarify what Nasr found so appealing and worthy of respect when she looked at Fadlallah, and how her admiration for such a man affected her reporting.

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