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Monday, November 28, 2005 

CNN Operator Fired Over the X (Was It a Glitch?)

(Drudge) A switchboard operator was recently fired for telling a calling complainer that: "We did it just to make a point. Tell them to stop lying, Bush and Cheney," the CNN operator said to a caller. "Bring our soldiers home."

"A Turner switchboard operator was fired today after we were alerted to a conversation the operator had with a caller in which the operator lost his temper and expressed his personal views

But I thought this was a computer glitch. What exactly is going on here? (See Original CNN Flashes "X" Over Cheney)

Stop the ACLU and Drudge have this:

UPDATE: 6:18 PM, PT 11/23/05: Call Authentic, CNN Fires Rep:

I just got off the phone with Laurie Goldberg, Senior Vice President for Public Relations with CNN. Her statement confirms the authenticity of the tape recording and reveals the actions CNN took after learning of the incident:

—-”A Turner switchboard operator was fired today after we were alerted to a conversation the operator had with a caller in which the operator lost his temper and expressed his personal views — behavior that was totally inappropriate. His comments did not reflect the views of CNN. We are reaching out to the caller and expressing our deep regret to her and apologizing that she did not get the courtesy entitled to her.

Update: World Net Daily is now running the story (with Drudge as source). Shouldnt be long before all right leaning news outlets go with this, and we get some official comment from CNN

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