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A CNN reporter wrote on Twitter that the Statue of Liberty had bowed its head “in anguish” after the House passed legislation strengthening the screening process for refugees fleeing war-torn Syria.
— Elise Labott (@eliselabottcnn) November 19, 2015
CNN global affairs correspondent Elise Labott made the remark shortly after the bill passed the lower chamber 289-137.
Most news organizations require reporters refrain from commenting on policy issues in a partisan way.
Immediately following the tweet, Labott was sharply criticized online for failing to abide by one of journalism’s basic rules.
— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) November 19, 2015
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— Billy Valentine (@valentinebilly) November 19, 2015
— Tone Loc (@lochnar) November 19, 2015
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— SA Jones (@GFVAMom) November 19, 2015
A spokesperson for CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday from TheBlaze.
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