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MSNBC Commentator: I Was Canceled Because I Criticized Network's Pro-Israel Coverage

Rula Jebreal says her appearances have been canceled since she took the news network to task over its coverage of the Israel-Hamas conflict.

A Palestinian journalist who criticized MSNBC for biased coverage of the Israel-Hamas conflict is saying that she’s “been canceled” by the news network.

Rula Jebreal, who appeared on “Ronan Farrow Daily” yesterday and accused Western media outlets, including MSNBC, of a pro-Israel bias, took to Twitter to announce that her forthcoming appearances on the cable network has been canceled and asked Daily Beast national security correspondent Eli Lake if his appearances had been canceled as well. Lake appeared in the same segment as Jebreal and countered her contention that coverage of the conflict was biased toward Israel. 

Jebreal, a correspondent for the network, singled out MSNBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell as one of the journalists unduly influenced by pro-Israeli activists.

“Because of AIPAC, and because of the money behind it, and because of Sheldon Adelson, and because all of us in the media. We are ridiculous. We are disgustingly biased when it comes to this issue,” said Jebreal.

“Look at how much airtime [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu and his folks have on the air on a daily basis. Andrea Mitchell and others. I never see one Palestinian being interviewed on these same issues,” she continued.

When Farrow defended MSNBC, claiming that the network did invite pro-Palestinian guests, Jebreal dismissed the statement.

“Maybe 30 seconds! And then you have 25 minutes for Bibi Netanyahu, and then half an hour for Naftali Bennett and many others,” she snapped.

Jebreal continued to berate the network, calling it out for pulling foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin off the air last week. Mohyeldin, an Egyptian-American, is a widely respected journalist. He was a first-hand witness to an Israeli attack in Gaza that killed four boys who were playing soccer. Mohyeldin recounted on Twitter that he was kicking around a ball with the boys shortly before they were killed by a missile attack.

After providing this account on NBC’s “Today Show,” Mohyeldin was conspicuously absent from “NBC Nightly News.” Only fellow correspondent Richard Engel, who was in Tel Aviv, reported on the conflict that evening. 

NBC claimed that Mohyeldin was removed from Gaza for security concerns, but after speculation that he was taken off the air for political reasons, the network returned him this week.

“Ayman Mohyeldin is covering the Palestinian side and we get upset,” said Jebreal. “It’s too pro-Palestinian. We don’t like it.”

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Cliff Weathers is a former senior editor at AlterNet and served as a deputy editor at Consumer Reports. Twitter @cliffweathers.

 

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