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April 21, 2020 9:28 am

MSNBC Graphic During COVID-19 News Shows ‘Palestine’ in List of Countries

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A background graphic during MSNBC’s “The 11th Hour With Brian Williams” shows “Palestine” in a rolling list of countries, despite it not being an independent nation, April 16, 2020. Photo: Screenshot. – A background graphic on MSNBC last week showed “Palestine” in a rolling list of countries depicting numbers associated with the coronavirus pandemic, despite it not being an independent nation.

The graphic was displayed during “The 11th Hour With Brian Williams” on April 16 while internal medicine physician Lipi Roy was analyzing the number of COVID-19 cases, as well as discussing the debate over whether or not some parts of society should reopen.

Media critics criticized MSNBC for the background listing “Palestine” as a country.

“Now, more than ever, it’s important for the media to engage in careful and thoughtful reporting,” Sean Durns, senior research analyst at CAMERA, the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, told JNS. “And the facts are clear: ‘Palestine’ is not, and has never been, an independent state.”

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