Diana Magnay, an international correspondent for CNN, sparked controversy Thursday when she issued a tweet calling Israelis "scum," Twitchy reported. Before her short message could generate much response, however, she deleted it -- but not before being captured by several Twitter users.
"Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to 'destroy our car if I say a word wrong'. Scum," she tweeted.
Twitchy said some saw Magnay's move as a media blackout on the Israeli action in Gaza. Others, including the Twitchy staff, asked Magnay to explain why she deleted her tweet. Magnay, however, offered no explanation.
A post at Fire Andrea Mitchell said the tweet says a lot about Magnay and CNN and wondered "how Wolf Blitzer feels about his anti-Semitic network now?"
"Funny too how progressive liberals, anti-Semites whine about Israelis cheering on their country after being bombarded with hundreds of (missiles) from Hamas," the blog added, reminding readers that Palestinians handed out candy and cheered as the World Trade Centers were brought down in 2001.
It's not the first time CNN has been accused of anti-Israel bias. On the July 15 edition of CNN’s "New Day," host Chris Cuomo and CNN contributor Peter Beinart decried the high casualty rate among Palestinians while noting practically no casualties on the Israeli side, Newsbusters reported.
Connor Williams said the so-called "mainstream media" generally views the conflict through one lens -- one where Israel is always viewed as the aggressor despite being constantly under fire from rockets, and where Israel is seen as responsible for all the violence in the region regardless of who actually commits it. Unfortunately, that bias creeps into news reports that sometimes turn out to be false.
In 2012, for example, we reported that CNN was caught using footage of a fake Palestinian "casualty" in what Warner Todd Huston called a 'Pallywood' theatrical extravaganza. Worse yet, he noted, the "victim" was a well-known fake.
The bias, however, does not always appear in what gets reported. Sometimes, the bias shows in personal messages and statement made by reporters in the field. Mediaite, posting a portion of Magnay's report to Wolf Blitzer, said she has been silent since deleting her tweet.