CNN Israel: Fires 4 Israelis Keeps 4 Arabs – No Jews Reporting

It about the budget, don’t ya know. Downsizing. No one wants to advertise with the CNN Israeli bureau. The story is just breaking, so there may be more or less to come.

That doesn’t explain why they fired four Israeli Jewish journalists (out of a crew of 8), and retained only Arab journalists. The local chief editor of CNN is now an Arab.

Among the long time news personnel let go were Moshe Cohen, editor, fired after 10 years with CNN; Izi Landberg, Producer, about 25 years with CNN; Avi Kaner cameraman fired after 10 years with CNN; and Michal Zippori desk producer.

CNN’s usual procedure in the past was to send both a Jewish and an Arab reporter out on stories. Now, they’re only going to send an Arab journalist, with all that implies. It’s no secret to anyone that Arab journalists have to toe the Fatah and Hamas line if they want to do reporting on stories in Gaza and the Arab occupied areas of Judea and Samaria without taking the risk of being murdered. Read the entire story by Jean-Patrick Grumberg for Dreuz.

Blazing Cat Fur notes that the story is just breaking tonight, and we would be prudent to wait until we have additional details and sufficient confirmation.

Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook

  • Reminds me of Reuters, whose Yemen Bureau Chief just happened to be President Saleh’s personal translator. Think Reuters’ reporting of Yemen was a little bit slanted?

    No bias at the major wire services. We promise…

  • OH GOOD, now that they’ve cleansed the sinister Zionist elements we can at long-last get THE TRUTH

    Or not lol

  • Dropping all pretense?
    We visited Israel at right after the barrier was constructed and terrorism wasn’t a big consideration (for us), but the tourists had not returned yet. One night we stayed at a very nice hotel near Jerusalem’s Old City where we got a very good rate. There weren’t very many people staying there, and it seemed like pretty much all occupants were English-speaking journalists. We were sitting at a bar and eavesdropping on their conversations. They were all bashing Israel, of course.