Media Watchdog Accuses Notoriously Biased MSNBC Reporter of ‘Parroting’ Palestinian Narrative in Tel Aviv Terror Coverage (VIDEO)
An MSNBC correspondent notorious for his anti-Israel reporting is “only interested in parroting the Palestinian narrative, even when reporting on the murder of innocents,” a researcher at a prominent media watchdog group told The Algemeiner on Friday.
Gilead Ini, a senior research analyst at the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA), was responding to Ayman Mohyeldin’s recent coverage of Wednesday’s deadly terror attack in Tel Aviv that left four dead and many others wounded.
Mohyeldin — who was joined on air by reporter Martin Fletcher — claimed that “Palestinian frustration” against Israeli government policies led to the attack:
But in the bigger picture, in the context of what has been happening in the occupied Palestinian territories, the occupation, the shift of Israeli politics, including the current government, more to the right, to what has been described by Israelis as an even more extreme right-wing government, some of the measures that have taken place in the West Bank, the siege that continues in Gaza, all of those continue to fester…
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The MSNBC reporter did not make mention of reports that the terrorists were affiliated with the Gaza-based Hamas terror group nor did he note the celebrations across Palestinian cities in Israel and the West Bank in the wake of the attack.
“Ayman Mohyeldin has an unfortunate history of journalism that looks more like anti-Israel advocacy than professional reporting,” said Ini. “He famously insisted a knife-wielding Palestinian attacker was an innocent civilian — saying so even as the video broadcast clearly showed the man’s weapon. But his advocacy reporting preceded that report. After terrorists murdered four Jews in a Paris market, as the victims were being buried, Mohyeldin was asked about the rise in immigration to Israel by European Jews escaping antisemitism. He responded by redirecting the conversation to Palestinian grievances.”
When Jews are murdered in Israel, Ini said, Mohyeldin “does the same.”
“Contrary to Mohyeldin’s commentary, the ‘context’ of these murders isn’t that Israel replaced one defense minister with another. The germane context is that Palestinian leaders and media have long incited anti-Jewish violence, including by glorifying this very type of terrorism. The context is that, as the killers were growing up, everywhere they looked they learned that they would be seen as heroes if they killed Jews in a cafe. And that’s what they did,” Ini told The Algemeiner. “If Muhyeldin isn’t willing to tell this part of the story — even when reporting on the murder of innocent Israelis, or innocent French Jews — MSNBC should move him to another bureau.”
In October, following Mohyeldin’s botched reporting of the terror stabbing attack, a private petition was launched calling on NBC Universal News Group, which owns MSNBC, to fire the reporter.
MSNBC did not immediately respond to The Algemeiner‘s request for comment.
Watch Mohyeldin’s report below: