The Guardian newspaper said the US CNN network is facing violent backlash from its staff over editorial policies it says adopt the Israeli narrative while censoring the viewpoint of Palestinians in the network's coverage of the war on Gaza. Are.
CNN newsroom journalists in the United States and abroad say the broadcast was distorted due to administration rules and the topic approval process, resulting in partial coverage of the October 7 attacks and the Israeli war in Gaza.
A CNN staffer said, “Most news since the war began, no matter how accurate the initial reporting, has been skewed because of the systemic and institutional bias within the network toward Israel.” Journalistic misconduct.
According to the accounts of six network employees in multiple newsrooms and more than a dozen internal memos and emails obtained by The Guardian, daily news decisions are shaped by a flow of direction from CNN headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, which sets strict guidelines on coverage. Is.
These include severe restrictions on quoting the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) and expressing Palestinian views, while Israeli government statements are taken at face value. Furthermore, every war story or news coming from the Jerusalem office must be deleted.
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Journalists at the American network say the tone of coverage was set by its new editor-in-chief and CEO, Mark Thompson, because some staffers were concerned about Thompson's willingness to tolerate outside efforts to influence coverage. Thompson previously served as Director General. of the British Broadcasting Corporation, and was accused of bowing to government pressure. In 2005 he took several positions, including demanding the dismissal of one of the network's most prominent correspondents in Jerusalem.
In early November, David Lindsay, the network's director of news standards and practices, issued a directive banning the publication of most Hamas statements, calling them “inflammatory speech and propaganda.”
CNN sources acknowledged that no interviews have been conducted with Hamas and its leaders since the October 7 attack.
CNN correspondent Sarah Sender faced criticism for repeating the alleged Israeli story that Hamas had beheaded dozens of children at the beginning of the Al-Aqsa flooding operation. The reporter later apologized for the story.
One of the network's journalists told the Guardian that there are a select few individuals who edit all reports with an institutionalized pro-Israel bias, and often seek to absolve the Israeli military of responsibility for its crimes in Gaza and minimize the number of Palestinian casualties. Use language and phrases to do. Deaths and Israeli attacks.
While other staffers said some journalists with experience covering wars and news in the region were avoiding Israel-related assignments because they believed they would not be free to tell the full story.
One employee said there is a lot of internal conflict and opposition within the network, and some employees are looking to leave.
Some journalists at the network believe that the problem of bias at the network has been entrenched for years as a result of pressure from the Israeli government and groups affiliated with it in the United States, in addition to the fear of losing advertising.
Over the past year, CNN – which was founded in 1980 – faced major challenges, dropping its lead among American news networks, falling to third behind Fox and MSNBC in terms of viewership.