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Cable Nazi NetworkReports out of Israel this past week were that CNN had fired all Jews working in their Jerusalem bureau. What difference is a little more anti-Semitism in the main stream media anyway?

It was first reported on the Dreuz Info website last Thursday February 9. The article “CNN Israel fired all Jewish journalists” stated in the first paragraph,

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.

The article went on to explain,

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.

An update added to the article listed the names of those fired and their positions,

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 story went viral and was re-posted on every Pro-Israel and Anti-Jihad site with each publication simply placing the original article from Dreuz or quoting the original article. Some of those placed a paragraph or two above the story venting their frustration and anger, but no matter how much I searched I couldn’t find any other story confirming the original story.

Those that are regular readers of mine know that I treat every story with a grain of Middle Eastern sand and like to triple and quadruple check everything before I state it as fact. So, as usual, check with the source. Where better to check out a story about CNN, then on CNN?

CNN reported the story as false, but the wording of their statement was questionable to say the least,

CNN Statement on Jerusalem Bureau

Rumors that CNN is only employing Arabs in its Jerusalem Bureau are completely false.

There are Israeli Jews working in CNN’s Jerusalem bureau.

The bureau chief, Kevin Flower, is not Arab as some have speculated.

We strongly reject any suggestion that the reorganization in the Jerusalem bureau is in any way based on the small number of contract employees concerned being Israeli, particularly given CNN’s long history of working with locals in the region.

The original article stated that all “Jewish journalists” had been fired, is CNN playing word games?

Yes, there may very well be Israeli Jews working in the CNN Jerusalem bureau, but are any of them “journalists” or do they have an Israeli working the door as security?

Also, nowhere did I see any reports claiming that bureau chief, Kevin Flower was an Arab. Yet CNN felt it necessary to state “The bureau chief, Kevin Flower, is not Arab as some have speculated”.

Perhaps that was due to the wording of the original story on Dreuz and perhaps their wording was misleading. Allow me to explain, there are many Arabs that are Jewish, just as there are Arab Christians and Arab Muslims.

Did CNN fire all Jews and only retain those that were not? CNN does not deny that Kevin Flower is not Jewish; they only state that he is not an Arab. Just another play on words when you read the CNN statement.

But let’s look at the CNN Jerusalem office for a moment. According to a CNN press release, the Jerusalem Bureau first opened in 1983. Kevin Flower had been the Baghdad Bureau Chief and was appointed Bureau Chief of the Jerusalem bureau on January 3, 2009.

What happened to those who held the position before Flower? Mike Hanna comes to mind, he was the CNN Jerusalem Bureau Chief and went to… Wait for it… Al-Jazeera.  According to Al-Jazeera,

Mike Hanna (Doha) is a journalist with more than 25 years' experience of reporting from the world's hot spots; formerly, Mike was CNN's Jerusalem bureau chief, supervising and leading the network's ongoing coverage of the dramatic events in the region.

Mike Hanna is just one example, a great example at that, of CNN bias towards Israel. But it goes much farther than a previous Jerusalem bureau chief moving to Al-Jazeera.

If you bother to watch CNN and their reporting from Israel, to say it is slanted would be an understatement. CNN doesn’t use subliminal messages, no, they just slant the stories. When reporting on Jewish settlements they refer to them as “illegal” Jewish settlements. Often they refer to parts of Israel as “Palestine”.

There is no doubt about bias in the media, we have all witnessed it and I have written about extensively, but for CNN to fire all “Jewish” journalists from an office located in the ‘Jewish State’ seems to go back to the Nazi era of “Juden verboten” (Jews forbidden).

Yeah, anti-Semitism isn’t on the rise, it’s all just our over active imagination, but I wonder, will CNN bother to release the names of those that are Jewish who are still employed in their Jerusalem office since that would be the easiest way to put the story of bias to rest?

I doubt it, I’ll be waiting, but I won’t be holding my breath, I look really bad in blue.

Comments (4)
  • Varda Epstein  - Two Countries Heard from

    My acquaintance, David Bedein posted this:


    But I thought his posting showed that maybe he had misunderstood the scope of the firings to extend to ALL Jewish reporters, rather than just those in the Jerusalem bureau of CNN. So I did some sleuthing and found an article that seemed a bit more credible than those sensationalist pieces floated about yesterday:


    I'm thinking there is some truth to this story, though it may have been a bit exaggerated in scope.

    I disagree with David about CNN not being anti-Semitic, BTW. To me, there is no difference between anti-Israel and anti-Semitic.

  • Reese

    Hmmm love the semantics game :no-comments: that CNN is playing.

  • EMA  - turning blue

    Well - blue is my favorite color, but I would not like to turn that shade! Can we hold our collective breaths until CNN comes up with some CREDIBLE answers to this query? Have all the Jewish journalists been "removed" from their bureau in Israel? I for one would be very curious to learn the absolute truth from the "mouth that roars". Keep watching CNN for the report on our queries! (lol)
    Keep digging, Gadi - we await more of the facts that I know you will uncover!
    Thanks again for your informative articles.

  • Varda  - Two Countries Heard from

    None of the quotes I posted in my earlier comment appear. So I'm trying again.

    My acquaintance, David Bedein posted this:
    "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
    Director
    Israel Resource News Agency
    Center for Near East Policy Research
    Beit Agron International Press Center
    Suite 105-106
    37 Hillel Street
    Jerusalem 94581 Israel
    +972-547-222-661
    +972-2-623-6470"

    But I thought his posting showed that maybe he had misunderstood the scope of the firings to extend to ALL Jewish reporters, rather than just those in the Jerusalem bureau of CNN. So I did some sleuthing and found an article that seemed a bit more credible than those sensationalist pieces floated about yesterday:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/02/cnn_tilts_east_fires_4_jewis h_journalists_in_jerusalem.html


    I'm thinking there is some truth to this story, though it may have been a bit exaggerated in scope.

    I disagree with David about CNN not being anti-Semitic, BTW. To me, there is no difference between anti-Israel and anti-Semitic.

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