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NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin’s Lethal Anti-Israel Journalism Contradicted By Own Footage (Updated)

NBC Foreign Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin today tweeted about the killing of a palestinian he witnessed.

Sounds like coldblooded murder, and I am sure that is what Mohyeldin was trying to portray. Any talk he was a terrorist carrying a knife is just what Israeli police claim.

Mohyeldin’s report on the incident has the following headline: Ayman Mohyeldin’s NBC Team Captures Israel Shooting on Video. No mention of any attempted terror attack there. The fact he was carrying a knife (or rather appeared to be) is mentioned later on in the report.

JERUSALEM — A man was shot dead by Israeli police Wednesday afternoon after rushing past a checkpoint in an incident caught on camera by an NBC News crew.

At least a dozen shots were fired at the man, who was wearing camouflage pants and appeared to be carrying a weapon in his right hand, after he ran past officers who yelled at him to stop near Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate.

He fell to the ground and died at the scene, which is located in the mainly Palestinian East Jerusalem area.

The incident came as Israel introduced heightened security measures in a bid to quell deadly violence that has wracked the region in recent days.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the man was a “terrorist” armed with a knife, adding on Twitter that officers had been responding to an “attempted stabbing attack.” That incident referenced by Rosenfeld did not take place in front of NBC News cameras.


Asked if the firing of more than a dozen bullets was appropriate, Rosenfeld told MSNBC: “Absolutely. We expect our officers to shoot and neutralize a terrorist. These are split-second decisions.”

Note also the statement cameras did not capture the attempted stabbing attack.


NBC has video of the man clearly running with the knife!

As well as a still.

terrorist with knife

I guess Mohyeldin has watched Crocodile Dundee one too many times.

But seriously, how can anyone doubt the anti Israel bias of Mohyeldin and those who allow him to report like this?

(hat tip: Becky Griffin, reader Craig)

Update: Not surprisingly, Mohyeldin has shown his antipathy towards Israel in the past..

As well as proclivity to lie

Thanks again to Becky Griffin.

Update: Here, the words “allegedly with a knife” are used to introduce the video which shows the knife clearly (hat tip: Jameel)


28 thoughts on “NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin’s Lethal Anti-Israel Journalism Contradicted By Own Footage (Updated)”

  1. A fb friend who happened to be watching MSNBC when he came on reported how Ayman began by reporting that he did not see a knife when the anchor, Jose Diaz-Balart, interrrupted him to point out that his own video footage clearly shows a knife, at which point Ayman began backpedaling, even going so far as to admit that the Israeli police had tried to stop him with non-lethal force. Of course MSNBC will not broadcast that bit again.

  2. I watch MSNBC all the time and I did see their coverage of the incident many hours after it took place. It was covered by Brian Williams as part of his “breaking news” responsibilites at MSNBC. The report I saw made it clear that the man who was shot had a knife, although the video they ran was not that clear. Mohyeldin reported what he said he saw, and he didn’t see the knife as the incident occurred in real time. I’m having a hard time seeing this as an example of anti-Israel bias by an American media outlet. Sorry, Dave.

      1. OK, watched it again, still don’t agree with your point that this is an example of anti-Israel bias. Because Mohyeldin did not see what this camera picked up doesn’t demonstrate for me that the reporter has a bias. I understand his coverage in Gaza is considered by many as having an anti-Israel bias and that NBC News did recall him back to the States for a period of time during the Gaza fighting (although NBC News really did a poor job of explaining why). So I understand that your antennae might be up anytime Mohyeldin is reporting in Israel, but again, I don’t see what you see in this incident.

          1. OK, I do see that at some point it should be clear to Mohyeldin that the guy had a knife and he should report that as a fact. What I really don’t understand is why would you think an American audience would want to see American reports with an anti-Israel bias when Americans are overwhelmingly pro-Israel, even regular viewers of MSNBC?

            1. Norman_In_New_York

              The ratings of MSNBC are puny compared to Fox. Some viewers watch it for “Morning Joe,” as Scarborough is much more mainstream than Rachel Maddow, for example. Otherwise, why does Bernie Sanders draw large crowds when most Americans are not socialists?

              1. Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly frequently cites Fox’s compartatively higher ratings as proof of the news organization’s journalistic integrity, which is an absurd statement (but then one doesn’t tune into “The O’Reilly Factor” for deft insight that reflects any kind of self-awareness on Mr. O’Reilly’s part). “The Rachel Maddow Show”, the last I checked, is still the ratings leader for MSNBC.

                1. Norman_In_New_York

                  People do tune into Fox for valid insights not found on MSNBC or CNN, for that matter. MSNBC is kept afloat by the leftist minority that has so far kept Bernie Sanders afloat.

                  1. It helps MSNBC a lot that the present-day cable news business is very inexpensive to produce so you can have a tiny viewership and still make money for the corporate bosses.

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