Marc Lamont Hill Was Fired By CNN For A Pro-Palestine Speech While Others Have Said Worse -- Was It The Right Decision?

Marc Lamont Hill was fired from CNN while others still have jobs for saying some controversial things like him. Some are calling the news network over this.

source: Chicago Tribune

CNN is under fire from some of its viewers after the network announced its quick decision to ax Marc Lamont Hill on Thursday.

The news network terminated Mr. Hill who was a longtime contributor due to some surprising comments he made about Israel in a speech at the U.N.

Many are asking why was the professor at Temple University rapidly fired, while controversial politician and Donald Trump supporter Rick Santorum still works for the network.

CNN let Corey Lewandowski and Jeff Lord make outrageous remarks on the air for months.

Hill, a close friend of Ann Coulter, caused an uproar for using the term “free Palestine from the river to the sea,” during his passionate remarks.

Die-hard conservatives and pro-Israel groups say Hill used the same language being pushed by Hamas and other groups that seek to eliminate Israel.

Hill took to Twitter to better explain his comments in a series of tweets that read: "I normally would ignore the current drama, but it’s actually important to me that I’m clear and understood. As a matter of principle. I support Palestinian freedom. I support Palestinian self-determination. I am deeply critical of Israeli policy and practice."

The scholar explained the term that landed him in hot water by writing: "I do not support anti-Semitism, killing Jewish people, or any of the other things attributed to my speech. I have spent my life fighting these things. My reference to “river to the sea” was not a call to destroy anything or anyone. It was a call for justice, both in Israel and in the West Bank/Gaza. The speech very clearly and specifically said those things. No amount of debate will change what I actually said or what I meant."

He concluded by: "This isn’t a case of throwing rocks and hiding hands. I genuinely believe in the arguments and principles that I shared in the speech. I also genuinely want peace, freedom, and security for everyone. These are not competing ideals and values."

After being bashed by FOX News and several of Trump's backers, Hill hit back with: “At no point did I endorse, support, or even mention Hamas. This is dishonest. I was very clear in my comments about desiring freedom, justice, and self-determination for EVERYONE."

Was it the right decision to fire Hill?