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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.

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S.E. Cupp: ‘Discipline Was Necessary’ for NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin, CNN’s Diana Magnay

CuppWhile guest hosting on “The View” this morning, S.E. Cupp chimed in on last week’s temporary removal of NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin and complete removal of her CNN colleague, Diana Magnay, from Gaza.

“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.

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CNN Reporter Pulled from Reporting in Israel after ‘Scum’ Tweet

DianaMagnayAs NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin returns to reporting from Gaza this weekend, a CNN reporter has been pulled from the region, in part for sending a tweet which referred to a group of Israelis as “scum.”

Diana Magnay was reporting live on CNN Thursday from the Israeli city of Sderot which is less than a mile from Gaza and which has seen incoming Hamas rockets. Magnay was reporting from the so-called Sderot cinema where local Israelis gather to watch the IDF bombardment. After her report, she wrote on Twitter: “Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong.’ Scum.”

CNN said in a statement that Magnay was referring specifically to those who threatened her and that the network and Magnay are sorry if anyone was offended. Magnay is already back in Moscow where this morning she is reporting on the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

Ayman Mohyeldin To Return to Gaza for NBC

Following public pressure, including a petition signed by more than 15,000 people, NBC News correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin will return to Gaza to continue reporting on the conflict there.

On Wednesday, Mohyeldin witnessed an Israeli airstrike that killed four Palestinian boys. Despite reporting throughout the day on the tragedy, “NBC Nightly News” chose to use chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel to report on the day’s news from the region. Engel had just arrived in Tel Aviv.

As we reported Wednesday night, the perceived snub led to some anger within the NBC ranks. On Thursday, Glenn Greenwald reported that NBC had pulled Mohyeldin from Gaza due to “security concerns.” The group Jewish Voice for Peace went so far as to assemble a petition requesting NBC re-instate Mohyeldin immediately.

“Ayman Mohyeldin has done extraordinary reporting throughout the escalation of the conflict in Gaza, filing 25+ reports over the past 17 days,” an NBC News spokesperson says. “As with any news team in conflict zones, deployments are constantly reassessed. We’ve carefully considered our deployment decisions and we will be sending Ayman back to Gaza over the weekend. We look forward to his contributions in the coming days.”

Ayman Mohyeldin Witnesses Gaza Airstrike, but Richard Engel Reports for ‘Nightly News’

EngelNBC News foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin and his crew witnessed the Israeli airstrike that killed four children at a Gaza port earlier today. But hours later, it was chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel who reported the story for “Nightly News.”

“Today, sadly our cameras were there when disaster struck,” Brian Williams said at the beginning of tonight’s broadcast. Those cameras came from Mohyeldin’s crew, who witnessed the attack, and called in to the west coast edition of “Today” this morning to report on the “chaotic scene” produced by the airstrike. But it was Engel, reporting from Tel Aviv, who Williams went to for the report. Engel tossed to a package on the airstrike that included footage shot by Mohyeldin’s crew and an interview Ayman did with a wounded boy in the hospital. Almost two hours after “Nightly News,” MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” went to Mohyeldin on the story in a pre-recorded interview. Tomorrow, a five-hour cease-fire goes into effect at 10am local time to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza.

We’re hearing the decision to have Engel report the story for “Nightly” instead of Mohyeldin angered some NBC News staffers.  NBC News declined to comment to TVNewser on its editorial decision.

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NBC News Crew Witnesses Gaza Airstrike

NBC News correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin and his crew witnessed an Israeli airstrike that killed four children at a port in Gaza earlier today. Mohyeldin, who was also caught in the crossfire as Israeli soldiers fired rubber bullets on crowds in East Jersusalem earlier this month, called in to the west coast edition of “Today” to describe what he saw, saying it was “a chaotic scene.” Watch:

NBC News Crew Caught in Crossfire in East Jerusalem

An NBC News crew, including foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin, was caught in the crossfire as Israeli soldiers fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at Palestinian protestors in East Jerusalem today.

Mohyeldin wrote on Instagram that they shouted “press” at the Israeli soldiers in English, Arabic and Hebrew: “We were trapped behind a car and had rubber bullets and stun grenades fired at us despite being marked as press and shouting to the Israeli soldiers we were press.” In the video, the crew can clearly be heard shouting “journalists, journalists!” Watch:

Network Correspondents Converge On Syria And Surrounding Countries

All eyes are turning to Syria, as escalated rhetoric suggests that a U.S. attack could be imminent. Unlike Iraq, which saw correspondents reporting while embedded with U.S. troops or from the balcony of their hotels, it is not nearly as clear whether U.S. networks will have the same presence in Syria.

It seems as though the situation is fluid for pretty much every network, so things will likely change before any potential U.S. action. That said, some outlets have people in place inside Syria, while others are working on it. Interestingly, two U.S. networks (NBC and ABC) are relying on UK correspondents for reports out of Damascus.

CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer arrived recently in Damascus (see photo to above), and is expected to be there for some time. She reported for the “CBS Evening News” and “CBS This Morning.” NBC News’ Richard Engel reported from Syria earlier this week, and is currently on the Turkey/Syria border. ITN’s Bill Neely is in Damascus (NBC and ITN share some content and correspondents), and has been reporting there for NBC, and Ayman Mohyeldin is reporting from Beirut. ABC News has chief foreign correspondent Terry Moran and Middle East correspondent Alexander Marquardt reporting from Beruit, Lebanon, Muhammad Lila from Antakaya, Turkey, Matt Gutman from the northern Israeli city of Haifa, Molly Hunter from Jerusalem and the BBC’s Jeremy Bowen contributing to ABC News coverage from Damascus.

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Anderson Cooper, Ayman Mohyeldin and Al Jazeera Dodge Explosions In Gaza

Another day, another round of bombings in Gaza and Israel. A number of foreign journalists, including CNN’s Anderson Cooper, NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin and reporters for Al Jazeera had their own close calls. Update: ABC’s Matt Gutman also had an incident, check it out after the jump.

Cooper, who had to deal with an explosion live on-air earlier in the week, this time witnessed a series of explosions not far from the building that became CNN’s makeshift headquarters.

NBC News foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin had the window to his hotel room blown out when an Israeli airstrike hit an open field next to his hotel:
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Broadcasters Gear Up For Gaza Coverage

With the situation in Gaza continuing to escalate, the broadcast news divisions are making sure their people are in the region. Additional changes may be made, but for now here is the latest on the assignments in Gaza, Israel and beyond.

ABC News has Christiane Amanpour in Jerusalem, joined by Lama Hasan. Matt Gutman is reporting for ABC from Tel Aviv, while Alexander Marquardt reports from Gaza.

NBC News has Ayman Mohyeldin and Richard Engel in Gaza, Stephanie Gosk and Martin Fletcher in Tel Aviv, Jim Maceda in Cairo, Egypt and Ali Rouzi in Tehran, Iran.

CBS News has Clarissa Ward reporting from Cairo, Charlie D’Agata reporting from Gaza and Allen Pizzey reporting from Israel.

Fox News has Jerusalem correspondents Leland Vittert and David Lee Miller reporting from southwestern Israel, near the Gaza border.

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