“Even reporters get into problems when they discuss this conflict,” Cupp said, pointing to social media posts both Mohyeldin and Magnay penned while covering the conflict. “You’re a reporter, and your job–no matter how passionate you are about this issue, everyone has strong feelings–your job is to be objective. Discipline was necessary.”
It should be noted, in the case of Mohyeldin, NBC never publicly acknowledged disciplinary reasons as the catalyst for pulling the veteran foreign correspondent from Gaza (following widespread pushback, the network reversed its decision and sent Mohyeldin back to Gaza over the weekend). Last Thursday, Glenn Greenwald reported Mohyeldin had been pulled by executives for security reasons. That report came a day after we reported some NBC staffers were angered by the network’s decision to have Richard Engel report for “Nightly News” Wednesday night on the Gaza port airstrike that killed four children since Mohyeldin witnessed the strike and reported on it throughout the day.
Magnay’s removal came following a tweet she penned that called a group of Israelis “scum.” She used the term after claiming a group of Israelis who cheered as bombs landed on Gaza also threatened to destroy her car if she “said a wrong word.” CNN issued a statement that Magnay was referring specifically to those who threatened her and that the network and Magnay were sorry if anyone was offended.