Israellycool » CNN Down Under Punditry in the Middle East Mon, 20 Jul 2015 19:04:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 At Least This Time They Tried? Fri, 26 Jun 2015 03:55:58 +0000 I’ve pointed out before that CNN’s coverage of other wars is sorely lacking in both volume and detail when compared to its coverage of Gaza. This is clearly illustrated by the war in Yemen.

On Wednesday AP wrote that Yemeni officials reported “fighting kicked off at dawn Wednesday in the cities of Ibb, Aden, Taiz, Marib, Dhale and the Houthi stronghold of Saada, killing nearly 100 people, including many civilians.” That’s just in one day.

Thursday morning I watched for coverage on CNN. I watched for about 45 minutes and saw no coverage of Yemen, and then moved on to other parts of my day. Then I saw this response to my tweet from CNN anchor Chris Cuomo:

So I rewound a bit and watched (thanks DVR). Here is what Cuomo said on CNN’s New Day:

We also want to give you news of what is going on abroad. The situation in Yemen demands attention and is getting worse. The UN special envoy for Yemen said the nation is now on the edge of famine. 80% of the population is in need of humanitarian assistance. That is over 30 million people. Officials say without a ceasefire, that situation is going to get worse.

That’s it. I timed it. Less than 30 seconds.

No direct mention of the cause of the dire situation – Saudi Arabia, a US ally and oil supplier, fighting an Iranian-backed faction. No mention of 100 people who died Wednesday, or whether they were civilians or fighters, children or adults. No talking heads giving their endless spin.

Compare this to coverage of Gaza last summer. You literally could not turn on CNN without seeing endless loops of pictures of the injured, and pundits and politicians, including representatives of Hamas, giving their point of view. I seem to recall Marc Lamont Hill actually crying on air, while spouting the absolute falsehood that the people of Gaza have “never had a single day of self-determination.” The dead and starving in Yemen are given lip service, but once again, CNN has proven that Israel, and only Israel, is The Most Important Story On Earth.

The disproportionate coverage of the war in Gaza, as compared to coverage of other wars, fosters the misperception among the public that the IDF is an exceptionally brutal army. The truth, of course, is the exact opposite. This misperception in turn fuels hostility to Israel in many forms, including the anti-Semitic and discriminatory movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel.

I’ll gratuitously add that Chris Cuomo happens to be one of my favorite anchors, and I do think that he makes a genuine effort to get things right, not just in this area but in general. In this case, however, I think he missed. By a lot.

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CNN Breaking News: Killer Cars! Mon, 22 Jun 2015 21:34:26 +0000 The other day a very tragic event happened in Graz, Austria, as CNN put it:

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A man intentionally drove his car into a crowd of people in the middle of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s birthplace.

Now, those of us in Israel know this horrible scene all too well. The inventors of “car intifada” encourage this as a way to peacefully protest the occupation kill Jews.

Here’s how CNN reported it then.

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Suddenly, no man intentionally did anything. It was the car. And let’s throw in the fact that it was near “border police headquarters” to somehow make it sound like a legitimate military target.

This headline is not a simple wording issue. This is intentional. As with everything related to Israel and international media, the terrorist is innocent until… well forever.

Let’s take a look at the most recent incident in which a Palestinian terrorist stabbed a border policeman with a foot-long knife before being shot down and taken to an Israeli hospital and received Israeli taxpayer funded treatment.

h/t Honest Reporting


OK, here’s that headline again, now with editors notes:

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Now. This was an attempted murder. Plain and simple. Last week we saw Lod resident Dani Gonen murdered for trying to be a good samaritan. But the headlines again emphasized that he was in “occupied territory”.

What if a mass murder happened in a place of worship in Israel like in Charleston? Imagine how the media would report that in a similar style!

Well.. like this actually:


That’s how CNN reported the news when 2 Palestinian terrorists walked into a synagogue during prayer time and butchered 4 worshippers plus a cop with an axe. By equating the attackers with the victims and speaking to a PLO spokesperson on the phone.  I don’t even want to think about how a similar style would report the Charleston incident.

When events similar to what happens in Israel happen around the world. Take note of the language.

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Zionist Self-Driving Cars Of Death™ Thu, 14 May 2015 05:58:14 +0000 Google has made a car that drives itself. Awesome. Who wouldn’t want one of those?

In this feature by CNN, Richard Quest and Samuel Burke take us on a virtual driverless drive.

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Wait a second. I know what this is!

We’re driving eastbound on the westbound side of Road 443 to Jerusalem.

Oh well. I guess Israel haters won’t be enjoying this amazing new technology with the rest of us.

h/t Zionist Shark

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Mainstream Media Ignores Report Praising IDF Conduct Fri, 08 May 2015 04:16:42 +0000 Earlier this week there was a veritable media feeding frenzy over anonymous and completely unsubstantiated allegations by the Soros- NIF- and EU-funded group Breaking the Silence. The Washington Post, CNN, the Guardian, and the BBC all jumped at the chance to run full length features alleging depravity of Israeli conduct during Operation Protective Edge.

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IDF soldiers near the Gaza border, July 2014

This stands in quite stark contrast to the mainstream media blackout over a report titled “A Legal and Operational Assessment of Israel’s Targeting Practices.” Published two weeks ago, the summary of the report states:

Broadly speaking, we concluded that IDF positions on targeting law largely track those of the United States military. Moreover, even when they differ, the Israeli approach remains within the ambit of generally acceptable State practice. The IDF is served by a corps of highly competent and well-trained legal advisors who operate with a remarkable degree of autonomy, and its operations are subject to extensive judicial monitoring. While there are certainly Israeli legal positions that may be contentious, we found that their approach to targeting is consistent with the law and, in many cases, worthy of emulation.

Unlike the anonymous sources in the BTS report, the authors of “A Legal and Operational Assessment of Israel’s Targeting Practices,” Michael Schmitt and John Merriam, have excellent credentials as, respectively, a professor of International Law at the US Naval War College, and a US Army Judge Advocate at the US Naval War College. The short and easy-to-read summary is backed up by one 50-page report in Social Science Research Network and another 15-page report in the same publication.

Outside of the Israeli press, as far as I can tell, this has been covered only by Algemeiner, Commentary, and the Lawfare blog, which is affiliated with the Brookings Institute. Once again, we see that so-called evidence of Israeli misconduct, no matter how flimsy, is highlighted, while evidence that Israel conducts its defense at least to the same standards as the US, is ignored. When it comes to Israel, the mainstream media has a profound and deep-seated sickness, and it does not appear as though any cure is on the horizon.

Update: I’m sure the American and UK media will similarly ignore this report, translated here by Elder of Ziyon, that debunks the BTS report. Here’s an excerpt from the EoZ translation:

A paratroop officer told me that Hamas often used women and children to alert their men of where to fired at IDF forces. He says he personally witnessed such a case: “A woman with a child came very close to our position and really you see how she points to our positions. You see how she talks on the phone and after a moment passed, we started taking sniper fire and mortars.” He noted you are allowed to shoot such observers but not freely, there are procedures that must be adhered to, and in this case by the time they finished the procedures she was gone.

According to him and other respondents, there were dozens of cases in which women and children were sent with phones to locate the positions of the army, which of course caused terrorist organizations to open fire. It cost the lives of soldiers. “So there were cases where we fired in such circumstances, and it is absolutely legal because this is a real threat to life. But there were many cases of doubt where nobody opened fire,” said the lieutentant colonel we spoke with.

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CNN Fails Again, This Time With Yemen Reporting Tue, 05 May 2015 05:25:15 +0000 Last Thursday the online version of the New York Times, reporting on the fighting in Yemen, noted that “Most of the more than 1,000 people who have died since the bombing began have been noncombatants.” (It might seem shocking that the Times would acknowledge that casualties in a war zone outside of Gaza are mostly civilians, but, not to worry, the editors got to the story and removed that line from the final version.) With so many casualties, again, mostly civilians, over the past five weeks in Yemen, someone who remembers last summer’s near constant montages from Gaza might think that that turning on CNN would yield some pretty grim images right now. Anyone who thought so, however, would be wrong.

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CNN’s Erin Burnett interviewing Ambassador Ron Dermer last summer

Since I saw that report in the Times, I have not seen one single photo illustrating the civilian casualties from Yemen televised on CNN in the US. As I’ve said before, I’m not a professional media watchdog, and I can’t watch CNN 24/7. I’m just one person who watches television news as often as any reasonably informed person does. So it’s possible, of course, that I missed one or two. Even if that’s true though, last summer, it was impossible to miss the images from Gaza. They were televised on CNN constantly, for weeks. Here’s a clip from last summer, in which Erin Burnett self-righteously proclaims that “the reason we are showing these pictures, because these are dead children.” I think it’s pretty indisputable that there are a number — probably a large number — of dead children right now in Yemen. CNN’s US television viewers, however, wouldn’t know it.

It’s true, of course, that the nation’s attention is rightly focused on Baltimore now. Last summer, however, CNN somehow managed to cover the Ferguson protests, which began with the August 9 shooting of Michael Brown, and Gaza at the same time. While CNN’s website did report on Friday that “Saudi airstrikes hit a hospital and medical camp in southwestern Yemen . . . killing at least 58 civilians and injuring at least 67,” the television coverage, if there was any, did not compare at all to Gaza. It’s not as though they don’t have pictures; online readers can see them here. They just don’t seem to feel that these are important enough to show on television.

Of course, it wasn’t as though CNN wasn’t able to cut away from Baltimore at all. So what did CNN cut away from Baltimore for? CNN cut away from Baltimore, not to cover civilian casualties of war in Yemen, but to cover Sunday’s protests in Tel Aviv. Because Israel, as we know, is The Most Important Story On Earth. (CNN coverage of the Tel Aviv protest, of course, neglected to mention that, unlike in Baltimore, the police officer whose actions spurred the protests was immediately suspended and is to be removed from the police force.) CNN also managed to spare a few minutes Monday morning for Peter Beinart to blame the victims of the attack on a free speech event in Texas on Sunday.

Civilians dying in Yemen, like civilians dying in Iraq or civilians dying in Syria, just don’t merit the same level of attention from CNN as civilians dying in Gaza. By featuring such images with such relentless prominence when Israel is involved, and by omitting them totally or nearly totally in other cases, CNN is adding to the misperception that Israel acts with disproportionate force, and the misperception that only Israeli wars produce widespread civilian casualties. Rather than informing its viewers, CNN is just adding to the misinformation.

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VIDEO: McCain Tells Obama To Get Over It Sun, 22 Mar 2015 19:29:11 +0000 (h/t Natan Epstein)

The latest buzz about Bibi in Israel is that he backtracked on his campaign promise that there would be no “Palestinian” state on his watch. The latest buzz about Bibi in the United States is that he backtracked on his promise that he would work toward the creation of a “Palestinian” state.

Who says you can’t make all the people miserable all the time?

Well, some of us aren’t fooled. I knew all along what he meant. It’s just not relevant. It’s not happening right now, whether or not Bibi wants it, that is to say, a “Palestinian” state.

As for me, I say we’ve already got two of them: Jordan and Gaza. Let’s work on making those work before we think about ceding any more land for terror. . . I mean, peace.

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What really has me gobsmacked is not what a Likud prince thinks of land for peace or the two-state solution, but the way an American President is acting like a spoiled rotten, petulant little infant. “I’m going to hold my breath until I turn blue. . . ” (Oh, wait. Is that a racist code word?)

Anyway, this is better than Another World or General Hospital ever was, as far as I’m concerned. Tom Cotton gave us a great speech, so did Marco Rubio. They were followed up by none other than liberal comedian Bill Maher defending Bibi, and now we have John McCain, telling Obama to just “Get over it. Get over your temper tantrum, Mr. President.

Watch him run roughshod over Gloria Borger at CNN.

Glora Borger: . . . at a dangerous point here in relations between US and Israel?

John McCain: Well, I think that’s up to the President of the United States. Uh, look there was a free and democratic election now, the only nation in the region that will have such a thing. The President should get over it, get over your temper tantrum Mister President. It’s time that we work together with our Israeli friends and try to stem this tide of ISIS, an Iranian, um movement throughout the region which is threatening the very fabric of the region.

The least of your problems is what Bibi Netanyahu said during an election campaign. Uh, if every politician were held to everything they say in a political campaign, obviously uh, that would be a topic of long discussion, but the point is, the Jayvee, as the President described them, is just moving over into Yemen, we’ve see this horrible situation in Libya, we see ISIS everywhere in the world, we see the Iranians now back, the they’re gonna, they’re gonna massacre a number of Sunnis and it is the guy in charge, is a guy named Solomeini  who imported, excuse me I’ll catch up here, Solomeini moved thousands of copper-tipped IED’s into Iraq and killed hundreds of American soldiers and marines and the President of the United States is praising the Mullahs and their behavior in the region.

Gloria Borger: But that. . .

John McCain: This is one of the more Orwellian situations I have ever observed.

Gloria Borger: Well but, but, uh but you called the President’s uh uh um, response to Bibi Netanyahu a temper tantrum. Why is it a temper tantrum if, uh, Netanyahu ostensibly, rejects during his campaign, the very basis for decades of American policy, heading towards some kind of uh, some kind of peace process, should the President sort of just pay no attention to that?

John McCain: I think the President maybe shouldn’t like it but thousands are being slaughtered by ISIS, they (laughs), they the Iranians have now taken over the major capitols of Lebanon, Syria, Beirut, and uh Baghdad, uh there, uh and uh, and it pales in significance to the situation which continues to erode throughout the Middle East and it puts America at risk. Bibi’s rhetoric concerning a election campaign pales in comparison, as to the threat, the direct threat to the United States of America of ISIS. This is, the President has his priorities so screwed up that it’s unbelievable

Gloria Borger: Well, well, he’s also apparently considering signing a UN resolution calling for a Palestinian state. What would be your reaction if he, if he did that, and should he even be considering that?

John McCain: Of course he shouldn’t be, uh, considering it, and second of all, and second of all if he does that then and it would be approved by the UN, then the United States Congress would have to examine our funding for the United Nations. Uh, it it, it would be uh, a violation because of the President’s anger over a statement by Bibi, uh, by the Prime Minister of Israel, it would be, contradict American policy for uh, the last at least, ten presidents of the United States.

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Clear And Present Danger: Jim Clancy’s Anti Israel Views Sun, 08 Mar 2015 11:37:06 +0000 I guess it was inevitable. After veteran CNN journalist and anchor Jim Clancy’s anti-hasbra twitter meltdown, he would eventually return on one of the virulently anti-Israel and anti-Jewish networks. The only doubt was which one. Well it looks like all those who put money on Lebanon’s Daily Star or Iran’s Press TV might be in with a shout of scooping the pot.

Israellycool covered Jim Clancy’s initial rant here and followed up with his blocking spree. His Twitter account then disappeared for a while before returning (after his sudden departure from CNN) but with his new name missing the CNN mark.

From Press TV:

Veteran US journalist and former CNN anchor Jim Clancy has spoken out against the Israeli media less than two months after stepping down from the news network following his anti-Israeli tweets.

Clancy told Lebanese journalists in Beirut on Friday that the Israeli media is particularly well-funded and is acting in an organized manner in their propaganda campaign, according to The Daily Star.

The veteran journalist noted, however, that the Israeli lobby’s propaganda efforts have failed because an increasing number of young people on university campuses across the US now support the Palestinian cause.

“Hasbara [propaganda] funding has increased for the Israeli lobby, but its propaganda efforts have failed. I mean the number of young people on campuses who now support the Palestinian cause has risen,” he told the audience.

Clancy resigned in January following angry exchanges on Twitter with pro-Israeli commentators.

He quit his job after he appeared to suggest that the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks in Paris were provoked by the magazine’s pro-Israel stance.

The former anchor noted Friday that he did not regret making the anti-Israeli comments because he “had enough.”

“I don’t have to put up with this… and I’m not going to. I’d had enough,” he said.

“In my case I’d rather be Twitter-fried for telling the truth than held out for lying, saying I was somewhere I wasn’t or claiming I saw people murdered who weren’t,” Clancy told The Daily Star.

Some who argued with him on Twitter have worked for the Israeli regime and pro-Israel lobby groups like AIPAC.

Clancy has been critical of the Israeli occupation and its treatment of Palestinians.

The Daily Star’s interview is also worth looking at if you have the stomach for it:

Fielding a student’s question about bias in Western media after his talk Friday, Clancy said while propaganda and harassment come from all different parties, Israeli media minders are particularly organized and well-funded.

But even the deepest pockets cannot ensure a message will stick, he said. “Hasbara funding has increased for the Israeli lobby, but its propaganda efforts have failed. I mean the number of young people on campuses who now support the Palestinian cause has risen,” he told the audience.

I’m still waiting for my pay off from the well funded “deep pockets” of the Israeli Hasbara machine. Meanwhile the scores of anti-Israeli NGOs that pollute the world with horrible bias seem to be living it up in the Hotels of Jerusalem.

You may remember Richard Behar also wrote a detailed guest post asking why the media was almost silent on Jim Clancy while mercilessly persecuting Steve Emerson. Richard wrote the following on Facebook about Jim’s remarks:

Motormouth Jim Clancy, the longtime CNN anchor who left the network after making bizarre anti-Israel tweets in January, is at it again. According to this story from Iran’s PressTV, Clancy slammed Israeli media and what he calls “Hasbara funding” for the “Israeli lobby…but its propaganda efforts have failed because an increasing number of young people on university campuses across the U.S. now support the Palestinian cause.” And what cause is that, Jim? BDS? Or support for a (peaceful) Palestinian state, which so many of Israel’s leaders also support? Clancy doesn’t say. 

As many will recall, Clancy’s tweets had suggested, among other outrageous things, that the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks in Paris were provoked by pro-Israel folks. “The cartoons never MOCKED the Prophet,” he tweeted. “They mocked how the COWARDS tried to distort his word…Hasbara?”

In the Iranian mouthpiece outlet, Clancy pretty much admits that he self-sabotaged his career, but isn’t sorry he did so.

Can you believe that this guy worked for CNN for more than three decades? Well, of course you can. What’s next on your agenda, Clancy? How about working for Al Jazeera America? I imagine they’d scoop you up in a minute.

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Ding Dong The Jim Is Gone Sat, 17 Jan 2015 15:57:32 +0000 Jim Clancy @clancycnn oh Lord thank you for the block buttonJust after Shabbat started in Israel on Friday the news of veteran CNN anchor Jim Clancy’s departure from CNN broke. You will remember that Israellycool was first to note the deletion (or perhaps suspension pending a re-activation) of his Twitter account. Algemeiner wrote:

CNN anchor Jim Clancy has left the network one week after a bizarre exchange with pro-Israel activists on Twitter about the terrorist outrages in Paris, in which he derided his opponents as the “hasbara team” and used a derogatory term for disabled people.

The news was broken by industry publication Adweek, which linked to The Algemeiner‘s extensive reporting of the scandal, noting that Clancy’s departure “comes just days after the veteran journalist had an extended debate via Twitter over the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.”

In addition to the tweeting, he then went on a furious blocking spree cutting himself off from anyone with the slightest pro-Israel sentiments.

Elder of Ziyon is, quite rightly, noting his part in this, it was a direct reply to Elder on a thread kicked off by Oren Kessler that seemed to be his undoing. Once again, just like with Tim Willcox of the BBC, there’s something very evil lurking in the minds of people like this.

And of course we’re all wondering where Jim will end up next, Al Jazeera, BBC and RT are all possibilities.

Also note we have a guest post by Fortune Magazine’s Richard Behar: he’s focusing on the absolute hammering the mainstream media have given terrorism expert Steve Emerson for one misstatement in an interview on Fox and their complete silence on this issue. Don’t miss that.

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CNN BREAKING NEWS! Jim Clancy’s Twitter Account Is Missing Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:05:55 +0000 It would appear that Jim Clancy’s CNN Twitter account is no more, it is an ex-account, it has gone to meet its maker, it’s pushing up the daisies, it’s shuffled off this mortal web server.

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It should be at the top of that search result.

You may remember that it was only last week the Jim Clancy went on a complete Twitter meltdown after Oren Kessler challenged his statement that “The cartoons NEVER mocked the Prophet. They mocked how the COWARDS tried to distort his word. Pay attention.”

He followed that up with a blocking frenzy in which he cut off anyone who had ever retweeted or replied to him on this issues.

Well I guess he (or the CNN overlords) have decided that his 56,000+ follower Twitter account is more of a liability than an asset, much like Jim Clancy himself.

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This Is CNN: Jim Clancy Goes On Anti-Israel Rant (Updated) Thu, 08 Jan 2015 07:31:35 +0000 It started when Oren Kessler, Deputy Director of Research and Research Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, took Clancy to task for claiming the cartoons never mocked Mohammad.

Then this happened.

Then after blogger Elder of Ziyon took Clancy to task and was called a “ZioNazi” by an antisemitic Clancy fan, the “journalist” did not castigate the antisemite for it, or otherwise distance himself from the comments. No, quite the opposite. He actually groups the antisemite and Elder together, and claims the former is trying to do PR for Israel. Note the reason I am using screenshots is he has deleted the tweets. Covering his tracks, much?


(As an aside, Elder of Ziyon has 12.7K Twitter followers, so this journalist has a problem with simple facts. Looking forward to his upcoming reports on Gazan casualty statistics)

And there’s more:

Remember, this is a journalist for CNN. It is no wonder their anti-Israel bias is so obvious.

Update: Per Elder, there’s more to this epic meltdown!

In the meantime, Clancy blocked me, despite me presenting only facts. Here’s my message to him:

And still on the topic of Nicholson movies, Clancy should watch out. If he continues with this meltdown..

Update: This doesn’t surprise.

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