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Rula Jebreal on MSNBC Cancellations and ‘Tragic’ Middle East Coverage

Rula Jebreal 304After causing a cable news firestorm earlier this week, former MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal spoke to TVNewser this morning about her MSNBC appearance cancellations, contract status, and coverage criticisms.

It was your typical cable news booking scenario for Jebreal on Monday. Sitting in the makeup chair before her appearance on “Ronan Farrow Daily,” she says she was approached by producers from another MSNBC daytime show and booked for the following day. But things changed following that fiery exchange with Farrow, during which she criticized MSNBC for uneven coverage of the Israel-Gaza crisis,  specifically calling out Andrea Mitchell.

Less than an hour after the Farrow appearance, she received an email from a producer cancelling her next-day booking. She would only say it was an MSNBC show with a female host. “I told the anchor I would not mention her name because I like her personally,” Jebreal told TVNewser. “She was not the person emailing me; her producers emailed me. And we talked in the evening when she found out what happened on social media, and she was very upset about it… actually she’s one of the people I admire and respect deeply.”

Jebreal responded to the email, asking if the cancellation decision was due to her on-air criticism, but didn’t receive a response. Yesterday, MSNBC issued a statement on Jebreal’s cancellations, claiming her Tuesday daytime appearances were cancelled to re-air parts of Chris Hayes‘ Monday night exclusive interview with a 15-year-old Palestinian American beaten by Israeli forces.  We reached out to MSNBC for this story, but did not hear back.

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MSNBC Responds to Rula Jebreal’s Claims of Cancellations, Uncertain Contract Status

Hayes RulaAfter criticizing MSNBC’s Gaza coverage on-air Monday, Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal says she’s unsure of her future with the network.

“I have no idea…I still don’t know” she said on “Democracy Now” today when asked if she’s lost her job as an MSNBC contributor (watch after the jump).

“My contract is up, and we’re negotiating still,” she continued, also claiming that following her heated interview with Ronan Farrow Monday, where she criticized Andrea Mitchell‘s coverage in particular, producers cancelled her upcoming appearances.

This afternoon, MSNBC issued a statement on Jebreal’s contract status and cancellation claims.

Regarding the claim of cancelled appearances: Jebreal’s pre-booked daytime appearance on Tuesday was bumped to accommodate the re-airing of Chris Hayes’ exclusive interview with Tariq Abu Khdeir, a 15 year old Palestinian American beaten by Israeli forces. Jebreal was a guest on “All In” with Chris Hayes on Tuesday night. While we don’t publicly discuss contract specifics, Jebreal’s contributor deal with MSNBC officially ended last month when she said she wanted to pursue new opportunities. We’ve welcomed her back on MSNBC several times since. Her voice is one of many Palestinian voices on MSNBC.

On why Jebreal was labeled an MSNBC contributor during Monday’s interview with Farrow if her contract ended last month, MSNBC tells TVNewser: “She was labeled incorrectly on Monday’s show due to a production error and we corrected that for Tuesday’s ‘All In’ appearance.”

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MSNBC Contributor Slams Media, Andrea Mitchell, for ‘Disgustingly Biased’ Coverage

Rula Jebreal 304During a segment on “Ronan Farrow Daily,” MSNBC contributor and Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal took on the media–and MSNBC–for “disgustingly biased” Middle East coverage.

“We are ridiculous. We are disgustingly biased when it comes to this issue,” Jebreal said, noting she thinks biased media coverage has helped U.S. officials stay silent when they’re opposed to some of Israel’s actions.

“Look at how much airtime Netanyahu and his folks have on air on a daily basis. Andrea Mitchell, and others–I’ve never seen one Palestinian being interviewed on these same issues,” Jebreal continued. When Farrow pushed back that MSNBC has had Palestinians on-air, Jebreal said “maybe for 30 seconds, and then you have 25 minutes for Bibi Netanyahu.”

She then brought up NBC’s decision to pull foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin last week from Gaza, suggesting that because he was “covering the Palestinian side” in a “too pro-Palestinian” way, he was pulled from Gaza, and only reinserted because of social media pushback. Farrow again pushed back that Mohyeldin is now back on-air, and that MSNBC was currently offering airtime to her.

We reached out to MSNBC for Mitchell’s response to accusations of bias, but haven’t heard back.

Pres. Obama Makes Statement on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Investigation

Obama UkraineThis morning, broadcast networks provided special coverage of President Obama’s statement on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 investigation.

The president called for investigators to gain immediate and full access to the crash site, calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to help facilitate an open investigation.

CBS News cut in at 11:13amET with Norah O’Donnell anchoring in New York and chief White House correspondent Major Garrett anchoring from the White House.  NBC News cut in at 11:14amET with Savannah Guthrie anchoring from New York and chief foreign correspondent Andrea Mitchell reporting from Washington, DC.  ABC News cut in at 11:14amET with Amy Robach anchoring in New York and chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House.

Congressman Gets Bumped from MSNBC for LeBron James News

RussertWhile substituting for Andrea Mitchell this afternoon, Luke Russert cut a Congressman’s interview short to cover the big breaking news of the day: LeBron James returning to Cleveland.

Less than a minute into their interview, which started at 12:38pmET, Russert told Rep. Steve Israel, “We’ll have more from you later in the show, I’m sorry though, King James is making his decision known, and that bumps you out, but thank you so much for joining us.” Russert then went to a phoner with Cleveland sports radio host Mark Bishop.

Russert first reported the news of James’ return to the Cleveland Cavaliers at 12:29pmET.

Fox News Harris Faulkner interrupted an “Outnumbered” panel discussion to break the news at 12:27pmET.  CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield broke the news at 12:29pmET.

Katie Couric, Andrea Mitchell Featured at Aspen Ideas

katie_couric_660The Aspen Ideas Festival continues this week, and this year, msnbc.com is using the occasion to partner with Bing for the first of a series of six interactive chats called “The Great Debate.” MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell moderated the inaugural panel discussion this morning with former Director of the NSA, Gen. Keith Alexander. It streamed live on msnbc.com and will re-air later on MSNBC.

The additional five discussions in The Great Debate series will take place throughout the rest of 2014.

In addition to Mitchell taking part in the Festival, Yahoo’s! Katie Couric is there, and this afternoon will interview former Brithish Prime Minister Tony Blair on Yahoo’s homepage. That’s at 3:30pmET. Couric will take part in two conversations tomorrow, including a discussion on the legalization of marijuana with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.

Later today, Aspen Ideas CEO, and former CNN president, Walter Isaacson interviews Hillary Clinton.

Subrata De Leaves MSNBC for ABC News

SubrataDeABCSubrata De is joining ABC News as VP of newsgathering, TVNewser has learned.  De takes over for Kate O’Brian who left ABC last year after being named president of Al Jazeera America.

De joins from MSNBC where she had been the EP of “Andrea Mitchell Reports” since January 2012. “It has been an extraordinary privilege to work with her,” Mitchell said on De’s final show May 23. Before joining MSNBC, De was Brian Williams‘ producer, traveling with him across the country and around the world.

De started at NBC News in 1998.

More: A note from ABC News president James Goldston, which includes expanded roles for two other ABCNewsers, after the jump…

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A Busy Friday for Senator John McCain

As potential U.S. action in Iraq drew saturation coverage on TV news today, Senator John McCain lent his voice.

The Arizona Senator, who has urged President Obama to “get a new national security team,” appeared on cable news five times across MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN.

He started on “Morning Joe” and “New Day” this morning, first telling an MSNBC panel we should’ve left stabilizing forces in Iraq similar to Japan, Germany, Korea, and Bosnia. Speaking with Chris Cuomo, McCain got specific on Iraq: “Airstrikes are something to be considered.”

Next, he appeared on “Andrea Mitchell Reports” in a pre-recorded interview. “I think I’d put David Petraeus on a plane to Baghdad right now to sort all of this out,” he told Mitchell.

On-set in New York, McCain joined Neil Cavuto on “Your World” in the 4pmET hour following an Army press conference updating the condition of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who is now back in the U.S. undergoing treatment. “Right now, he probably deserves a lot of our patience,” McCain said.

McCain rounded out the day back on CNN, appearing on “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” weighing in on which members of the president’s national security team need to go. “The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, number one, the National Security Adviser [Susan Rice], number two…who should probably spend time with her family on Sundays,” he said.

Networks’ D-Day +70 Coverage Plans

D-day_Normandy_Nara_26-G-2343Broadcast and cable news networks will provide special coverage this week for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France.

“CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” is doing a weeklong series, with correspondents Jim Axelrod, Mark Phillips and Dean Reynolds speaking to World War II veterans about their stories from the invasion. Phillips and Senior White House Correspondent Bill Plante, fresh off a cycling tour of France, will provide coverage from Normandy on Friday’s 70th anniversary.

Brian Williams will anchor special editions of “NBC Nightly News” from the site of the American cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach on Thursday and Friday. Joining Williams on-the-ground in Normandy will be special correspondent and author of “The Greatest Generation,” Tom Brokaw, chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd, and national correspondent Peter Alexander. And on the evening of the anniversary Friday, NBC News will air an 8pmET primetime special, “Brian Williams Reporting: Journey to Normandy,” spotlighting four World War II veterans as they make their return to Normandy.

On Friday, “World News with Diane Sawyer” will air the story of 90-year-old Cosmo Uttero, who is traveling to Normandy this week for the first time since he and the Allied troops invaded Normandy on June 6, 1944. Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl will also report from Normandy on Friday, as he covers President Obama’s speech.

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DCNewsers In Profile: Greta, Andrea, Jake

  • greta_indecisiongameFNC’s Greta Van Susteren has been deemed one of the 100 most powerful women in the world by Forbes, the only on-air journalist on the list: “As the longest-running cable news anchor in the U.S., Van Susteren has managed to keep On the Record as the No. 1 show in its time slots for more than a decade.” Angela Merkel is #1, Michelle Obama is #8, Oprah Winfrey is #14.

  • NBC’s Andrea Mitchell talks with the Washingtonian about how she got into news: “I was an English major and a violinist at the University of Pennsylvania, and the radio station needed someone. I covered politics for the Ivy League radio network, which led to an internship at NBC’s local affiliate.”

  • CNN’s Jake Tapper talks with AdWeek about his political beliefs: “I don’t believe in inefficient government; I don’t believe in wasting money, but I don’t assume that people come to my show because they want to see their worldview affirmed. We’re looking to have a cafeteria of ideas.”

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