A CNN reporter’s tweet has her in hot water and out of Gaza just as the conflict between Israel and Hamas is hitting a fever pitch.
CNN reporter Diana Magnay was covering the conflict when things spiraled out of control. Here’s what led to the CNN reporter’s tweet that got her booted from the emerging war zone, per The Huffington Post:
“Magnay appeared on CNN Thursday from a hill overlooking the Israel-Gaza border. While she reported, Israelis could be heard near her cheering as missiles were fired at Gaza.
“After the liveshot, Magnay tweeted: ‘Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong’. Scum.’ The tweet was quickly removed, but not before it had been retweeted more than 200 times.”
As a result of the CNN reporter’s tweet, the network removed Magnay and stationed her in Moscow, HuffPost reported.
In a statement, the network said Magnay responded angrily to harassment, leading to the CNN reporter’s tweet heard round the world.
“‘After being threatened and harassed before and during a liveshot, Diana reacted angrily on Twitter,’ a CNN spokeswoman said in a statement to The Huffington Post.
“‘She deeply regrets the language used, which was aimed directly at those who had been targeting our crew,’ the spokeswoman continued. ‘She certainly meant no offense to anyone beyond that group, and she and CNN apologize for any offense that may have been taken.’”
This is the second such incident involving a reporter in the Gaza war zone in recent days.
Another HuffPost report detailed how NBC News reporter Ayman Mohyeldin was removed from covering the conflict with the network citing “security” concerns.
“‘Ayman Mohyeldin has done extraordinary reporting throughout the escalation of the conflict in Gaza, filing 25+ reports over the past 17 days, including his invaluable and well-documented contribution to the story on the deaths of the four Palestinian children on Wednesday,’ an NBC News spokeswoman said in a statement.
“‘As with any news team in conflict zones, deployments are constantly reassessed. We’ve carefully considered our deployment decisions and we will be sending Ayman back to Gaza over the weekend,’ the spokeswoman continued. ‘We look forward to his contributions in the coming days.’”
Tell us what you think about the removal of Magnay and Mohyeldin. Was it right for CNN and NBC News to take the reporters out of the field? And should Magnay face any repercussions for her tweet? Tell us in the comments section below.
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