CNN reports Fox News suspended Jeanine Pirro for controversial remarks about Ilhan Omar

Source: Washington Examiner | March 17, 2019 | Daniel Chaitin

CNN reported Sunday that Fox News host Jeanine Pirro has been suspended due to the controversy over her questioning whether Rep. Ilhan Omar’s Islamic faith is impeding her loyalty to the U.S.

On “Reliable Sources,” host and CNN’s media chief media correspondent Brian Stelter said a source told him Pirro was suspended for one to two weeks. He said Pirro is only in the “penalty box” and his source stressed that she has not been fired and will be back.

The report comes after Pirro’s Saturday evening program was conspicuously absent from Fox News’ lineup.

Asked about it, a Fox News spokesperson told the Washington Examiner, “We’re not commenting on internal scheduling matters.” It’s unclear when Pirro, who also has not tweeted in more than a week, and her show will return.

During her show last week, Pirro used her opening monologue to focus on Omar, D-Minn., who recently came under fire for what were seen as anti-Semitic and anti-Israel comments. “Think about it: Omar wears a hijab,” Pirro said of the Muslim congresswoman. “Is her adherence to this Islamic doctrine indicative of her adherence to Sharia law, which in itself is antithetical to the United States Constitution?”

The monologue prompted swift condemnation from Fox News, which said her comments “do not reflect those of the network and we have addressed the matter with her directly.”

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