On media self-censorship in Gaza

posted at 10:01 am on July 19, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

One of those stories behind the story has been building in recent days as relates to the media coverage of the current engagements in Gaza. Are some of the reporters on the scene going a bit further than usual in cheerleading for one side or the other during their on air segments – as well as their social media interactions – and how are their bosses handling it? One of the more blatant examples comes in the form of reporter Diana Magnay and her rather unrestrained views on Israel.

CNN has removed international correspondent Diana Magnay from Israel after she referred to a group of Israelis as “scum.”

Magnay, who was covering the Israeli missile attack on Gaza, tweeted Thursday, “Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong’. Scum.”

In a statement, a CNN spokesperson said Magnay had been “threatened and harassed” but “deeply regrets the language used.”

So CNN pulled her off the coverage almost immediately and issued an apology – of sorts – but also delivered some CYA discussion. The story goes that Magnay and her crew had been threatened in some fashion by Israeli forces and her comments were specifically directed towards them. Clouding the issue further is the fact that her removal didn’t seem terribly punitive in nature, since she was immediately reassigned… to Russia.

A second, though a bit more confusing example centers on Ayman Mohyeldin, a reporter for NBC News who was removed from the Gaza Strip.

Although Israel’s preparation of a ground invasion was given as the reason for his departure, Glenn Greenwald — who broke the story of his removal at The Intercept — insinuated the move was due to Mohyeldin’s witnessing of four Palestinian boys being killed on a Gaza beach by Israeli artillery fire, and his “powerful” coverage of the conflict had angered the pro-Israeli side.,,

Before he was removed from Gaza, Mohyeldin posted a now-deleted comment to social media sites, relating that a U.S. State Department spokesperson said Hamas was ultimately responsible for the Israeli shells that killed the four boys because it did not accept the cease fire. “Discuss among yourselves,” he wrote on Facebook.

On this one I wasn’t even sure if Mohyeldin was criticizing Israel or Hamas, but that may not matter. The question about NBC’s actions gets quickly diluted by two things. First, at the time he was pulled out, the network was simultaneously moving one of their senior foreign correspondents, Richard Engle, into the same assignment, so this may have been a normal rotation of staff. And second, as of today, Mohyeldin is being sent back into the Gaza Strip for more assignments.

But the bottom line question I’d have for both networks is where should they draw the line in terms of supposed hard news journalists venturing off into the business of giving opinions while covering a breaking story? While working on this story I was watching CNN’s morning crew, featuring Victor Blackwell and Christi Paul, doing an interview with a woman speaking on behalf of the Palestinians. (No video available at this time.) She was sitting there and flatly stating that Israel was purposely targeting women and children, as well as saying that there was no point in a cease-fire unless the US and other western nations were prepared to “hold Israel accountable.”

The hosts, for their part, had no comment other than to say that an Israeli representative would be coming up in the next segment to offer a different point of view. Should they have pressed her on these claims, or would that have crossed the line into opinion territory? A lot of the coverage of this episode of the ongoing conflict has been, as usual, terrible. On the cable news evening shows you can find no end of commentary on both sides, but what about the allegedly unbiased reporting of just the facts, ma’am? It seems to me that the wrong people are getting put on a shorter leash at times while the rest of the supposedly hard news gets lost in the mire.


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libbytard reporter had her/ims feeelings hurt, ahahahahhaahahah

ARIZONAVETERAN on July 19, 2014 at 10:06 AM

I have seen no evidence that opinion can be removed from journalism. It’s always there, either blatantly, through editing, omission of new stories, or witness selections. News is always opinion in some form.

can_con on July 19, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Israel.
the only country I know of where people here advocate it doing whatever it can to get wiped off the face of the earth.
No matter what they do, they will be pilloried. I would not do half the stuff they do, would not give all the warnings and would not restrain myself as much as they do.
Israel shows restraint while getting shelled all the time.

dmacleo on July 19, 2014 at 10:07 AM

GO ISRAEL GO, POUND THOSE GAZA TERRORIST INTO A DUST BOWL…

ARIZONAVETERAN on July 19, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Journalism is dead. Period.

Liberals are incapable of separating their ideology from their professional journalistic responsibilities and following a code of ethics.

See Also: Higher Education and Government Jobs.

HumpBot Salvation on July 19, 2014 at 10:08 AM

A test for Ms. Magnay: you embed yourself with Hamas, call them “scum”, and report back to us about how you were treated.

stout77 on July 19, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Mohyeldin’s witnessing of four Palestinian boys being killed on a Gaza beach by Israeli artillery fire,

So “Innocent boys killed on beach by Israeli artillery” is pretty much a standard Pallywood plot line. Mohyeldin seems rather credulous.

Count to 10 on July 19, 2014 at 10:15 AM

First, Hamas did refuse the cease fire. Second, the kids were playing on a beach used by Hamas for terrorist activities. Third, it was an accident. We have seen time and time again the Israelis abort missions due to civilians in the area.

Blake on July 19, 2014 at 10:17 AM

The hosts, for their part, had no comment other than to say that an Israeli representative would be coming up in the next segment to offer a different point of view. Should they have pressed her on these claims, or would that have crossed the line into opinion territory?

Netanyahu already offered up the line earlier this week that “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.” Aside from being a clever play on words, it gets to the fact that Hamas has been launching rockets out of civilian neighborhoods, so putting the Israeli prime minister’s statement up to any Palestinian representative is justified, because it’s an official claim of the Israeli government.

Since Netanyahu made the statement to Brit Hume on Fox, the people over at CNN may decide that means the claim can be ignored. But the media people on site have to know that unless Israel opts not to defend itself, if the Palestinians are going to use homes, schools and U.N. office sites are rocket launching locations, you’re going to get civilian casualties in any counter-attack. Magnay is one of those people who sees the bleeding children and how they became that way only down to the level of the counter-attack, and doesn’t give a damn about finding out why the Israelis attacked an area of Gaza with children in it.

jon1979 on July 19, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Bias is no longer ‘subtle’ in the so called straight news shows. Whether opinion is injected or pertinent info which goes against the party line is omitted, the news consuming public is required to read between the lines and wear their bs filters to get to some modicum of truth. Oh, well, maybe it’s a good thing.

vnvet on July 19, 2014 at 10:24 AM

So “Innocent boys killed on beach by Israeli artillery” is pretty much a standard Pallywood plot line.

Actually, it’s the truth that this site self-censored.

corona79 on July 19, 2014 at 10:27 AM

liberals are scum….they pervert everything….especially the news

crosshugger on July 19, 2014 at 10:28 AM

If a CNN reporter had referred to the paleostinians as scum (which they are) they’d have been fired, and the Eric Holder Social Justice Crimes Unit would have responded.

ConstantineXI on July 19, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Hamas did refuse the cease fire.

Blake on July 19, 2014 at 10:17 AM

Probably because they didn’t need to rearm yet, that seems to be the only reason they ever abide by a ceasefire . You should alway be wary when terrorissts agree to a ceasefire.

MrsGsBoyTommy on July 19, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Actually, Magnay claimed that she was harassed before and during a live broadcast.

Any video?

Ben Hur on July 19, 2014 at 10:37 AM

So “Innocent boys killed on beach by Israeli artillery” is pretty much a standard Pallywood plot line.

Actually, it’s the truth that this site self-censored.

corona79 on July 19, 2014 at 10:27 AM

There is no such thing as an innocent “palestinian”. Hamas is the government they wanted. They deserve to die in bombings just as much as Germans did in World War II.

ConstantineXI on July 19, 2014 at 10:42 AM

A test for Ms. Magnay: you embed yourself with Hamas, call them “scum”, and report back to us about how you were treated.

stout77 on July 19, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Put her among the Hamas savages and they will do to her what the Muzzie Bros did to Lara Logan in Egypt.

Put her in Tel Aviv and she will be as safe as she would be in New York. Probably safer, DESPITE the rockets.

Contrast the two and tell me which side are the savages?

ConstantineXI on July 19, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Were the four boys carrying AK’s?

Of course the media is going to self-censor, at least to the point of ignoring anything the PAL’s do which might make them seem less than brave freedom fighters.

I always found it curious that the cities of Gaza were constructed so that only hospitals, schools, and orphanages had roofs flat enough to be used as rocket launching pads.

Bishop on July 19, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Actually, Magnay claimed that she was harassed before and during a live broadcast.

Any video?

Ben Hur on July 19, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Yeah, all that equipment and no film and no audio and no wits backing her up. I’m sure she had at least 3 men with her as part of her crew. And what do they mean by harassed? They didn’t kiss her butt? Oh, dear!

Blake on July 19, 2014 at 10:52 AM

CNN’s primary Jooo-hater Christiane Amanpour was busy burning a flag & effigy and could not be reached for comment.

viking01 on July 19, 2014 at 10:54 AM

When UN allots humanitarian funds in proportion to the number of young kids, not-so-young kids become very expendable.

Rix on July 19, 2014 at 10:55 AM

I always found it curious that the cities of Gaza were constructed so that only hospitals, schools, and orphanages had roofs flat enough to be used as rocket launching pads.

Bishop on July 19, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Those are probably the only buildings that HAVE roofs. Or walls.

muslims and liberals are societal diseases. If your country has a large number of either, you are Fluked.

ConstantineXI on July 19, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Im pro-Israel, but the conservative reports attacking the reporter are wrong. She didn’t call all Israelis scum. She said the ones who threatened to attack her car were scum. Id say the same damn thing.

So many conservatives like to whine about media bias and lies, yet our side does the same damn thing all the time. Leaving out bits of info that really change the context.

bucsox79 on July 19, 2014 at 10:56 AM

bucsox79 on July 19, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Yep the scum thing was a big nothing burger.

CW on July 19, 2014 at 11:01 AM

A test for Ms. Magnay: you embed yourself with Hamas, call them “scum”, and report back to us about how you were treated.
stout77 on July 19, 2014 at 10:11 AM

The National Socialists are not very fond of Israel

Brock Robamney on July 19, 2014 at 11:06 AM

CNN has removed international correspondent Diana Magnay from Israel after she referred to a group of Israelis as “scum.”

….Tea Party!…Republicans! …Geews!….what difference at this point…does it make?

JugEarsButtHurt on July 19, 2014 at 11:13 AM

One wonders why liberals hate Israel and Jews so much.

The gushed over Stalin and Hitler, loved them some Mao and Castro and were all a twitter as Chavez destroyed Venezuela.

They seem to squeal with delight whenever something bad happens to Israel and rage when Israel defends itself.

darwin on July 19, 2014 at 11:17 AM

….Tea Party!…Republicans! …Geews!….what difference at this point…does it make?

JugEarsButtHurt on July 19, 2014 at 11:13 AM

None at all. The long march towards utopia will continue unabated.

darwin on July 19, 2014 at 11:19 AM

One wonders why liberals hate Israel and Jews so much.
The gushed over Stalin and Hitler, loved them some Mao and Castro and were all a twitter as Chavez destroyed Venezuela.
They seem to squeal with delight whenever something bad happens to Israel and rage when Israel defends itself.
darwin on July 19, 2014 at 11:17 AM

They are a kindred spirit. Brown shirts have infiltrated and taken over our country while Boner cheers them on

Brock Robamney on July 19, 2014 at 11:22 AM

I have seen no evidence that opinion can be removed from journalism. It’s always there, either blatantly, through editing, omission of new stories, or witness selections. News is always opinion in some form.

can_con on July 19, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Mostly true but let’s face it, journalism as of late has become a game of advocacy, plain and simple.
In our present day ‘Schools of Journalism’ students are taught and TRAINED to SELL a certain aspect of a ‘story’ … and it is without doubt it takes (9/10) a liberal (modern application of the lable) slant.
Todays Presstitutes are basically Gimmedat operatives with a byline.

Missilengr on July 19, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Oh, and when they run their race in ‘journalism’ they immediately take better paying jobs in GOVERNMENT. Which pretty much explains how we’ve gotten to where we are with regards to OUR government.

Missilengr on July 19, 2014 at 11:32 AM

On this one I wasn’t even sure if Mohyeldin was criticizing Israel or Hamas, but that may not matter.

Well, you should take the extra ten minutes to click through, especially to Greenwald’s article, because it does matter. Mohyeldin is an Egyptian-American whose mother is Palestinian. He would no more criticize Hamas than he would eat a pork chop. Before NBC “aggressively recruited” him, he worked for Al Jazeera English, where he was the “star of the network”.

Mohyeldin is not a journalist, he’s an advocate. Hamas knows it cannot win a military conflict with Israel. They know that the Iron Dome works. Their strategy is to draw Israel into a conflict that will allow the Western media to pillory Israel for the supposed moral transgressions that inevitably arise in the theater of war. It’s the usual narrative, the poor, innocent women and children of Gaza, penned up like animals, being targeted by the Zionist Nazis. Of course, Hamas can only succeed at this when they have the likes of Mohyeldin and Glenn Greenwald on their side.

BTW, the analysis of important foreign policy issues here at Hot Air is some of the worst I have ever seen. Lazy, trite, superficial, and frequently in error.

Joseph K on July 19, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Im pro-Israel, but the conservative reports attacking the reporter are wrong. She didn’t call all Israelis scum. She said the ones who threatened to attack her car were scum. Id say the same damn thing.

So many conservatives like to whine about media bias and lies, yet our side does the same damn thing all the time. Leaving out bits of info that really change the context.

bucsox79 on July 19, 2014 at 10:56 AM

Did any journalists refer to as scum the Egyptian mob that practically gang-raped one of their own because they thought she was a Jew?

Did any journalists refer to as scum the Palestinian mob that danced in the street when the Twin Towers fell?

Did any journalists refer to as scum the Palestinians who cheered when three Israeli boys were killed by Hamas terrorists?

Of course not. Never happens. Only Israelis cheering because the monsters who have been raining rockets down on their neighborhoods from hospitals, schools, and orphanages deserve such epithets.

This anti-Semitic hag will do just fine on her new beat in Russia, where she can call Putin the new Hitler and help start WWIII.

Joseph K on July 19, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Come on Jazz, it’s more than a bit misleading to put Diana’s “Scum” quote underneath Ayman’s picture. Talk about proving your own point, lol.

abobo on July 19, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Admittedly, Israel *is* one of the most notorious terrorist states out there, can you really blame Hamas?

libfreeordie on June 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Just curious if the Israelis raped her like the muslims did to the reporterette in Egypt?

No? Heh

jukin3 on July 19, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Just curious if the Israelis raped her like the muslims did to the reporterette in Egypt?

No? Heh

jukin3 on July 19, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Cut her loose in Gaza or the West Bank and you can bet the Paliwhackers will rape her.

They don’t often get to see a woman that isn’t a goat after all.

ConstantineXI on July 19, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Isn’t the twitterverse marvelous? It sometimes acts as a stupid filter. It can change your career outlook.
How’s the weather up their in Moscow, honey?

partsnlabor on July 19, 2014 at 12:49 PM

there

partsnlabor on July 19, 2014 at 12:52 PM

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The greatest enemy of the American people is the American news media.

Franklin100 on July 19, 2014 at 1:38 PM

1) Corona79 is a worse troll than either Libfree or Verbaluce, because after dropping their “turds” they will, most times, stay around to defend & debate them. Corona simply runs in & pees on the rug..
2) That having been said, yours is self-refuting. I watch NO TV news; I get my information from the Intarwebz & I knew about those four boys… heard about it HERE, in fact.
3)Right now I can live with the Hamas spokesperson speaking, uninterrupted, AS LONG AS the Israeli gets at least equal time & no interruptions. Now when CNN & the like decide to go all “Candy Crowley” & JOIN the debate, I’ll feel differently.

JFKY on July 19, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving.

- David Burge

Armed Texan on July 19, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Isn’t this debate rather moot, I understand the Perfidious Joooos have been using POISON GAS on the Helpless, Occupied People of Gaza!!! POISON GAS!!! Have you Rightwing Death beasts no souls left??? Where is the outrage? I can only assume that your silence means assent, & that you are hoping to use Poison Gas against Gays, Lesbians, Bi-Sexuals, the Transgendered, Womyn, People of Colour, & the Poor as a part of your Extreme Radical Platform to “Restore Amerikkka”-TEA Party Scum.

JFKY on July 19, 2014 at 2:01 PM


JFKY on July 19, 2014 at 2:01 PM

If you forgot the /sarc tag, ok. Otherwise STFU & GFYS.

HomeoftheBrave on July 19, 2014 at 2:11 PM

HotB, I didn’t forget anything… if the word “Jooooooos” didn’t give you a clue, well you have no sarcasm/humour awareness at all. You’ll just have to soldier on wondering I guess.

JFKY on July 19, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Go France

Schadenfreude on July 19, 2014 at 2:31 PM

There is no such thing as an innocent “palestinian”. Hamas is the government they wanted. They deserve to die in bombings just as much as Germans did in World War II.

ConstantineXI on July 19, 2014 at 10:42 AM

I don’t believe that children ever “deserve to die”.

Also, considering that Weimar had a parliamentary system and NSDAP never won a majority of votes, we can be assured that many that never voted for Hitler died in those bombings as well.

Maybe those sailors aboard the USS Liberty deserved to die.

Guess those British soldiers (Clifford Martin and Marvin Paice) deserved to be hanged, or the dozens of people (including mostly civilians) at the King David Hotel by Menachem Begin and his group of “freedom fighters” (the Irgun).

I wouldn’t give you two cents for either group. In my book, both are equally dangerous. I despise the Palestinian terrorists and what they’ve done to innocent people, but I’m pretty sick of the Israeli state and their ongoing role of being perpetual victims. These groups have been at each other’s throats for thousands of years…why should today be any different?

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 19, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Is it just me, or do you think Hamas, knowing they have Western journos on their side, and that feelings are running high due to Ramadan, do this on purpose? It seems to me that all those photos are “good” for Hamas. And there aren’t the photos of Israeli kids because a) noone is interested in taking them, and b) Israel defends itself well. As soon as people lose interest, a few rockets.

I just had to go home the long way round rioting protesters in Paris, through tear gas. It’s hard not to think that people aren’t easily manipulated. Hamas says “riot” and they say “how high?”

Esperanza on July 19, 2014 at 3:19 PM

I’m curious whether any of the coverage regarding the strike on the children has mentioned that the Israeli’s have also hit several groups of Hamas/activists using the beach and tunnels to come in under the line.
I haven’t seen any of it, just read a couple of accounts.

Recon5 on July 19, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Dr ZhivBlago…”perpetual victims?”. Well, there you go…it’s the moos fault they live next door to a bunch of crazed, murderous anti-Semites!

Also, Dr Zhivblago…whilst the NSDAP never had a majority, they & their Conservative Otto Hugenberg allies, DID….A majority of Germans were perfectly fine with having the Nazi’s as their leaders & they never rose up against their masters… which is relevant because the Palestinians have NEVER risen up against Hamas.

So whilst it doesn’t make Germany, morally, or Gaza a Free Fire Zone, it does make the Palestinians & Germans culpable & responsible for their government’s actions.

You’ll want to get back to that revision of Mein Kampf your working on so I won’t hold up.

JFKY on July 19, 2014 at 4:18 PM

Two pieces that MSM didn’t get to:

http://www.businessinsider.com/gaza-civilians-actually-reject-hamas-policies-2014-7

“Riyadhelalami also dispelled the notion that Hamas is representative of Gaza:

If their was elections it would achieve a 35% vote.

According to Riyadhelalami, at least half of the Palestinians in Gaza prefer Jews in Israel to either Hamas or Fatah:

Ask people in the Gazan Street, tell them Hamas or Fatah( which do you prefer)? he will tell you Yahud (Jews). That is 50% of the population.

Yes I am dead serious, especially the poor people which constitute more than 50%. My dad prefers Yahud.”

http://www.businessinsider.com/gazan-conducts-candid-ama-2014-7#ixzz37x96kImZ

J.B. Say on July 19, 2014 at 5:41 PM

JFKY on July 19, 2014 at 4:18 PM

So no Jews, Christian Democrats, and folks who couldn’t care less about politics were killed by the Allies? The U.S. and the Brits killed waaaay more French civilians than the Germans did…or didn’t they tell you that in the Why We Fight series you seem to base your knowledge of WW II history upon?

Also, I’m not saying that those bombings were unwarranted-it was war…but don’t try to wrap the sanctimonious robe of Moral Perfection of the United States around this argument. There is no such thing. It’s us vs. them, and I’m glad that it was more of them than more of us. It’s just a sewer-some smell less than others is all.

Odd that so many complain about Washington, but when it comes to certain things like the “good war” and the “Greatest Generation” they get a pass. No matter they rob us at will and erode our Liberty. Washington is a just God meting out punishment to the Evil Doers…except when they’re screwing us…how does that work exactly?

We’re inhabited by too many jingoistic sheeple that will buy into anything Hollywood tells them is the American Way!. Wave a flag, get some Veterans or stars telling you how Righteous we are, and they melt into Patriotic fervor.

Dr. ZhivBlago on July 19, 2014 at 6:51 PM