CNN drops ‘Believer with Reza Aslan’ after author’s anti-Trump tweet

Aslan looks forward to partnering with another platform; regrets choice of words in criticism of Trump
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CNN has decided to cancel the production of the “Believer with Reza Aslan,’ in the wake of the Iranian-American author’s use of inappropriate words in criticism of President Donald Trump’s stance on London attacks.

“CNN has decided to not move forward with production on the acquired series ‘Believer with Reza Aslan,’” the Cable News Network said.

“We wish Reza and his production team all the best, ” the network said in a statement.

Aslan had criticized Trump’s reaction to London attacks, saying the president tried to use the tragedy to promote his travel ban.

Aslan later regretted the use of a profane word in his criticism of Trump’s views. “I should have used better language to express my shock and frustration at the president’s lack of decorum and sympathy for the victims of London. I apologize for my choice of words.”

In a tweet on Friday, Aslan expressed disappointment at the cancellation of the show, saying it meant a “great deal” to him and legion of people who followed it.

Aslan now looks forward to partnering with another platform.

“Its message of religious tolerance and exploration is extremely important right now,” he said of the show Believer.

He also said he is not in the business of journalism – which often requires objectivity – but a social commentator and that he needs to honor his voice.

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Huma Nisar is writer at Views and News
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