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Friday, February 10, 2012

Report: CNN Israel fires all its Jewish journalists?

Of the four people mentioned in this post, I can only confirm that one of them - Izi Landberg - is no longer with CNN, but I have to say that this story is very troublesome.

According to a report, CNN Israel has fired all of its Jewish journalists. Media bias anyone?
Update at 8:30 PST: we just received the names of the four journalists that were fired:
Moshe Cohen, editor, fired on january 30, 10 years with CNN.
Izi Landberg, Producer, about 25 years with CNN, fired on January 30.
Avi Kaner cameraman fired on january 30, 10 years with CNN.
Michal Zippori desk producer, situation still unclear.

The media scandal that you are about to read was revealed to us by a totally reliable source.

It is likely to provoke a wave of shock and indignation within the North American media industry, and it certainly will not calm down the controversy over the pro-palestinian CNN treatment of the conflict.
We learned today that the Israeli branch of CNN, located in Jerusalem, is downsizing to cope with reduced income from less advertising.

What goes beyond good management is that CNN has fired four Israeli Jewish journalists (out of a crew of 8), and has retained only Arab journalists. Where, until now, CNN always sent a Jewish and an Arab journalist to cover information, now there will be only an Arab journalist. The local chief editor of the News Chanel is now Arabic.

This is a conflict where information is central to public opinion, and it weighs a lot on diplomatic decisions. Furthermore, it is no secret that Arab journalists cannot freely publish what they want without risking for their own lives when traveling to Gaza, East Jerusalem, and Judea Samaria. Thus, CNN decision to fire all Jewish journalists from its Jerusalem office is of particular concern, because the general public is unaware that they will be receiving biased information from CNN.

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This seems like pretty blatant bias to me.

Years ago, Israel's cable networks wanted to drop CNN in favor of Fox (which we didn't have at the time) because CNN was so biased. Maybe it's time to revive at least the "drop CNN" part.

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At 1:55 AM, Blogger HaShaliach said...

Drop CNN? Okay, so how long can one hold a very hot potato in their bear hands?

Fox may not be much better, but it certainly can't be any worse.

Or, perhaps we should start advertising for a start-up news organization who will employ only professional reporters!

At 2:39 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

It's amazing such openly bias, it has one advantage finally Israel will clearly see who's their allies and who their enemies are.The masques are gradually coming off, this also means they will soon make their boldest moves against Israel.

At 4:03 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

is Zev Blitzer next?

At 6:31 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

Wolfie? No. He'd don a burqa and torch a shul to keep his job.

At 9:51 PM, Blogger Editor said...

Wolf Blitzer won't be fired because he's a self-loather who regularly condemns Israel.

At 4:53 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I linked this article on my site Americans Stand with Israel last week. Today, I find the following on my Facebook page - where CNN denies the firing of Israeli journalists: I have no way to email you, so wish to post the FB notice:
Fighters for Zion
‎(Tony). It seems that we must all be careful and research statements made by others, even those we trust to get things right. Therefore, we apologize for not checking out this story thoroughly. Here's the update.

David Bedein: It took 12 seconds of research time to discern that the notion that CNN fired its Jewish reporters is a lie.

I called CNN and asked to speak with the deputy bureau chief, Mike Schwartz, a colleague whom our agency respects and has worked with for more than 20 years. He said: "Speaking". My comment: "well Mike, how is your Islamic prayer rug?", to which he laughed and said that his mother had also called him after hearing the rumor that CNN had fired its Jewish reporters.

I am the former CNN radio correspondent in Israel. Our agency has conducted many critiques of CNN. CNN is critical of Israel: not antisemitic. The power of those who spread rumors and do not do their homework is beyond belief.

David Bedein
Israel Resource News Agency
Center for Near East Policy Research
Beit Agron International Press Center
Suite 105-106
37 Hillel Street
Jerusalem 94581 Israel

Carl, what do you think? ...

At 5:11 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Bee Sting,

For future reference, I have an email address and it's on the home page.

As I wrote in another post last night, CNN issued a denial which is not much of a denial.

If they wanted to deny it outright, they could.

On the other hand, I know David Bedein, and he's usually right.

I still think there's something going on here.

At 5:41 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Thank you Carl and I agree, something is not right ...! I probably could have found your Email if I hadn't pressed the panic button, not wanting to think I had started a "rumor" - which is what I am accused of doing today ... :)
I'll attach an update from your new post on CNN and this issue, I think, will be ongoing.

Again, thank you for your kind and quick response.


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