Journalist and MSNBC contributor Rula Jebr berated the media for being pro-Israeli and for not devoting sufficient coverage to Palestinian positions.
Jebr, who is of Palestinian and Italian descent, appeared on Monday’s airing of MSNBC’s “Ronan Farrow Daily” and told Farrow that the media are “disgustingly biased” against the Palestinians.
Farrow attempted to interrupt her at several points, but she didn’t appear all that interested in anything he had to say — Jebr just plowed right over him. She was a lady on a mission.
Because of all of us in the media — we are ridiculous. We are disgustingly biased when it comes to this issue. Look at how many air time Netanyahu and his folks have on air on daily basis [sic] — Andrea Mitchell and others. I never see one Palestinian being interviewed on these same issues.
Here’s a clip of her appearance:
Is she living in a different universe?
MSNBC hosts have a history of anti-Semitism, beginning with Rev. Al Sharpton. He has made numerous public statements against whites, gays and, yes, Jews, according to The Daily Caller, which reported:
Sharpton has also made thinly-veiled references to Jewish people by calling them “diamond merchants” during the aftermath of the Crown Heights riots, which took place in Brooklyn in 1991. Sharpton, who led protests that led to the riots, said at the time “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house.”
MSNBC hosts Ed Schultz, Chris Matthews, Farrow, Touré and former host Pat Buchanan all came under fire a few months back for anti-Semitic remarks they made both on the air and on social media, according to The Lid, which concluded:
It’s ironic that the progressive MSNBC network, whose hosts claim to care about minorities, targets Jews. That targeting may be deliberate or just a result of being insensitive. The only way to ascertain if the accusation is true is to point it out to MSNBC management and see how they respond.
But Jebr’s complaint wasn’t directed solely against MSNBC, but rather all news media.
And indeed, other outlets have assumed a pro-Palestinian stance, including print. Noah Pollak made a compelling case in “The Weekly Standard” Sunday that “The New York Times” has gone pro-Hamas. In his piece titled, “All the news Hamas sees fit to print,” Pollak states:
It appears the Times is silently but happily complying with a Hamas demand that the only pictures from Gaza are of civilians and never of fighters. The most influential news organization in the world is thus manufacturing an utterly false portrait of the battle—precisely the portrait that Hamas finds most helpful: embattled, victimized Gaza civilians under attack by a cruel Israeli military.
I would suggest that Jebr take a few deep breaths, calm down and open her eyes. She would see that most news outlets love Palestine.