Saturday, November 25, 2017

CNN dumps Believer host Reza Aslan after anti-Trump tweet

Author and scholar apologized for ‘choice of words’ but news network has cancelled his Believer series

The Associated Press
Posted: Jun 10, 2017 11:21 AM ET
Last Updated: Jun 10, 2017 11:23 AM ET

CNN has dumped author Reza Aslan less than a week after he profanely referred to President Donald Trump in a tweet.

The network, in a statement on Friday, said it was not continuing with a second season of Aslan’s series, Believer, which premiered last year and discussed different religions.

Aslan had tweeted about Trump that “this piece of s—- is not just an embarrassment to America and a stain on the presidency, he’s an embarrassment to humankind.” Aslan later apologized “for my choice of words.”

That wasn’t enough for CNN, which last week cut ties with comedian Kathy Griffin when she was photographed with a depiction of Trump’s severed head.

In a statement posted on Twitter Friday, Aslan said the show’s message of “religious tolerance and exploration is extremely important right now” but he recognizes that CNN “needs to protect its brand as an unbiased news outlet.”

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