A new report by The Guardian has exposed a growing internal rift at CNN over its one-sided coverage of Israel’s war on Gaza and the “censoring of Palestinian perspectives.” CNN’s Atlanta headquarters issues editorial directives for the entire network, relying on official Israeli accounts. In addition, all content must be approved by the Jerusalem bureau.
This comes amid outrage over recent inflammatory headlines in mainstream newspapers. On Friday, The Wall Street Journal published an op-ed titled “Welcome to Dearborn, America’s Jihad Capital.” In response, Dearborn’s Mayor Abdullah Hammoud said he was ramping up police presence across religious sites and landmarks over fears of racist violence. President Biden and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer both condemned the article. Meanwhile, longtime New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman penned an op-ed titled “Understanding the Middle East Through the Animal Kingdom,” in which he compared Iran to a “parasitoid wasp,” writing, “We have no counterstrategy that safely and efficiently kills the wasp without setting fire to the whole jungle.” Michigan congressmember and the only Palestinian American U.S. lawmaker Rashida Tlaib said, “This is blatant Islamophobia and anti-Arab racism that puts people’s lives in danger.”