CNN wonders: Did Israel strike Gaza because they celebrated the reconciliation agreement?

posted at 12:01 pm on April 25, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Well, only if one counts rockets fired into Israel as “celebration.” The IDF struck targets in Gaza this week as Hamas continued firing rockets at civilian targets in Israel, which happened to coincide with the announcement of the Palestinian reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah. CNN’s Jim Clancy spends four minutes discussing the agreement with PLO official Hanan Ashrawi without once mentioning the years-long rocket attacks from Gaza by Hamas, or even whether the PLO will push Hamas to stop the attacks now that it’s back in the Palestinian Authority government.

However, as soon as former ambassador Dore Gold appears on the show, Clancy suddenly wants to know why Israel attacked Gaza and ended up creating civilian casualties on the ground, starting off by accusing Israel of attacking civilians deliberately because they were celebrating the agreement:

Amazingly, Clancy goes back to Ashrawi — and still doesn’t ask about Hamas rocket attacks. At the end, Clancy reiterates the idea that the Israeli strikes were aimed at celebrations of the deal rather than the rocket attacks, even though CNN has reported on two prior rocket-attack campaigns over the last six weeks — and did so in a particularly craven manner, after having already dismissed Gold.

Israel’s policies in the West Bank and Gaza are certainly not above scrutiny or criticism. However, one would expect a news organization to approach this fairly and hold all sides to the same scrutiny or at least to acknowledge the attacks from both sides. Clancy’s performance here is simply jaw-droppingly awful.


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This is CNN” – Darth Vader voice

VegasRick on April 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM

…just cover the plane!…they haven’t found it yet!

KOOLAID2 on April 25, 2014 at 12:09 PM

The most trusted in getting leftist’s talking points out.

jukin3 on April 25, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Twice this morning there has been befuddlement about what CNN is doing. I don’t know why that is. The once great network has become the Kardashians of cable news. A fixation on whales, missing aircraft, and a ferry disaster. And, as a network, they’ve always hated the Jews. Now they just don’t choose to hide it.

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2014 at 12:13 PM

…just cover the plane!…they haven’t found it yet!

KOOLAID2 on April 25, 2014 at 12:09 PM

That’s because they’re looking in the ocean instead of looking for black holes. CNN had a psychic on who says the plane is still out there- so it must be true.

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Jim Clancy, Jew hater.

Ward Cleaver on April 25, 2014 at 12:19 PM

That’s because they’re looking in the ocean instead of looking for black holes. CNN had a psychic on who says the plane is still out there- so it must be true.

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Reminds me of the movie Network, with its newscast’s soothsayer, Vox Populi, etc. It’s become a self-parody.

Ward Cleaver on April 25, 2014 at 12:20 PM

The plane The plane

gxbhkt on April 25, 2014 at 12:24 PM

He’s an anti-Semite, plain and simple. Shame him accordingly.

MWC_RS on April 25, 2014 at 12:24 PM

“We only hate Israel second.”

– The Hate America-first Left

ShainS on April 25, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Israel’s policies in the West Bank and Gaza are certainly not above scrutiny or criticism.

Find one post here that shows even a minimal level of “scrutiny or criticism” of Israel.

corona79 on April 25, 2014 at 12:33 PM

You mean CNN actually stopped covering the missing Malaysian jet?

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Find one post here that shows even a minimal level of “scrutiny or criticism” of Israel.

corona79 on April 25, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Hamas thanks you for your support.

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2014 at 12:37 PM

You mean CNN actually stopped covering the missing Malaysian jet?

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2014 at 12:36 PM

At some point, I am sure CNN will suggest that Israel brought down that missing jet.

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Israel’s policies in the West Bank and Gaza are certainly not above scrutiny or criticism.

Find one post here that shows even a minimal level of “scrutiny or criticism” of Israel.

corona79 on April 25, 2014 at 12:33 PM

…after a whole comment bakers dozen?…patience grasshopper…patience!

KOOLAID2 on April 25, 2014 at 12:48 PM

CNN like the rest of the media, including Foxnews, is immorally anti-Israel. The Jews get attacked like this day in and day out and yet the media in this country complain about attack on muslims and Christians…but rarely state the facts about the racist Jew hating that goes on in the media in this country and around the world, especially the online forums, even for major networks and papers, where the open racism against the Jews comes up any time Israel or Jews are mentioned.

georgealbert on April 25, 2014 at 12:48 PM

At some point, I am sure CNN will suggest that Israel brought down that missing jet.

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2014 at 12:46 PM

It’s the next logical step for them.

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2014 at 12:53 PM

However, one would expect a news organization to approach this fairly and hold all sides to the same scrutiny or at least to acknowledge the attacks from both sides. Clancy’s performance here is simply jaw-droppingly awful.

This makes the false assumption that CNN is a news organiztion, and not the correct statement that is is a propaganda arm of the left.

Mini-14 on April 25, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Find one post here that shows even a minimal level of “scrutiny or criticism” of Israel.

corona79 on April 25, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Is Clancy a disingenuous douchebag, or not?

NotCoach on April 25, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Twice this morning there has been befuddlement about what CNN is doing. I don’t know why that is. The once great network has become the Kardashians of cable news. A fixation on whales, missing aircraft, and a ferry disaster. And, as a network, they’ve always hated the Jews. Now they just don’t choose to hide it.

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2014 at 12:13 PM

CNN are also huge asses, so there’s that.

slickwillie2001 on April 25, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Is Clancy a disingenuous douchebag, or not?

NotCoach on April 25, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Say! I think you might have stumbled on a great topic the next time CNN comes up for air from missing aircraft or capsized ferries.

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2014 at 1:14 PM

“We only hate Israel second.”

– The Hate America-first Left

ShainS on April 25, 2014 at 12:25 PM

Jeane Kirkpatrick was a great UN Ambassador. Her “blame America first crowd” formulation was a great insight.

That is all.

Fenris on April 25, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Jim Clancy, Jew hater.

Ward Cleaver on April 25, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Amen WC. That sentiment is pervasive on the left and has found a very comfortable home in the Democrat party. Still waiting for American Jews to open their eyes and see it but not holding my breath.

Franklin100 on April 25, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Find one post here that shows even a minimal level of “scrutiny or criticism” of Israel.

corona79 on April 25, 2014 at 12:33 PM

No need to pile on, the left has got that covered. And when they don’t, they just make stuff up. And while they’re criticizing Israel for constructing apartments in their capital city, the missiles continue to rain down from the terrorists.

Fenris on April 25, 2014 at 1:46 PM

No need to pile on, the left has got that covered. And when they don’t, they just make stuff up. And while they’re criticizing Israel for constructing apartments in their capital city, the missiles continue to rain down from the terroriststourists.

Just sayin?

libbyscooter on April 25, 2014 at 2:16 PM

libbyscooter on April 25, 2014 at 2:16 PM

That’s your argument? That the words ‘tourist’ and ‘terrorist’ sound similar? I was kind of hoping the open registration would bring in lefties making better arguments. But the fundamental problem is valid arguments supporting lefty positions don’t exist.

Fenris on April 25, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Wow. Clancy takes “Sympathy for the Devil” a bit literally, doesn’t he?

RockinRickOwen on April 25, 2014 at 2:34 PM

Why do we care what CNN wonders?

(No, I did not read the article – only the headline.)

ss396 on April 25, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Find one post here that shows even a minimal level of “scrutiny or criticism” of Israel.

corona79 on April 25, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Nah. I’d rather show an amazing video of an Israeli missile going down a terrorist’s mouth.

A Chair of Some Kind on April 25, 2014 at 3:49 PM


We only hate Israel second.”

– The Hate America-first Left

ShainS on April 25, 2014 at 12:25 PM

:) sad but true…

jimver on April 25, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Find one post here that shows even a minimal level of “scrutiny or criticism” of Israel.

corona79 on April 25, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Neah, we need some balance, the world is awash in Jooos haters and the press and blogosphere worldwide reflects precisely this rampant anti-semitism, somebody has to defend Israel…

jimver on April 25, 2014 at 8:31 PM