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July 25th, 2014
09:42 PM ET

Has Israel-Gaza coverage been fair?

In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Ron Dermer, Israel's Ambassador to the U.S., expressed his dissatisfaction with CNN's coverage of the shelling of a U.N. shelter in Gaza, where 16 people were killed and more than 200 injured.

Dermer accused the network of omitting reports that Hamas was hiding rockets in schools. Watch the video for the full interview:

We asked the Ambassador to come back on our program to discuss his comments. But, he was not able to appear on the show. OutFront, in Tel Aviv is the former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren. He's also a CNN Mideast analyst. CNN's Karl Penhaul from Gaza City and Paula Hancocks, she's covered the middle east for CNN for 7 years.


Filed under: Hamas • International • Israel • Israel-Gaza conflict • MH17 plane crash • News
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  1. david markun

    some wealthy zionist should buy CNN and fire the news team. they are biased and their news reports are along the lines of propaganda.

    August 28, 2014 at 12:22 am | Reply
    • jgol4p4is

      Ron Dermer, Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S.,is a good man doing his job. He loves his country and his people
      and understands progressives do not share his love for Israel.

      August 28, 2014 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  2. Ross

    When Erin Burnett juxtaposed a picture of a dead or dying Palestinian baby with a picture of Israelis sitting in a
    sidewalk café it showed the absolute subtle and not so subtle bias CNN has against Israel. When it appears that
    the only thing that would make Jake Tapper happy would be if as many Israelis died as residents of Gaza. Don't get me wrong it is awful to see these deaths in Gaza but the fact that few Israeli civilians have died is irrelevant. As the Germans voted in the Nazis, the Gazans (sic) voted in Hamas...there are consequences for electing thugs and criminals into office.

    August 11, 2014 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  3. jasmine

    Karl Penhaul has been the most bias reporter I have seen yet.

    August 7, 2014 at 5:19 pm | Reply
    • dc

      If you shoot a cop, but he survives unharmed because he is wearing a protective vest, do you think he and other officers won't shoot back? And kill the attacker? What if the officer wasn't wearing a vest? What if Israel didn't have the Iron Dome to protect them? It is ridiculous to ignore the fact that without Iron Dome, the loss of life in Israel would be enormous. Hamas is the aggressor here. They are terrorists responsible for the death of their own people. This is not genocide at the hands of Israel. This is war, initiated by a terrorist organization.

      August 12, 2014 at 11:03 am | Reply
  4. Luz Benard

    Coverage by Erin Rurnett/Anderson Cooper has been exquisitely fair- anchors ate so careful to get facts-
    I don't watch Fox- that doesn't come close to journalism..anchors are in Istaels pockets..
    Would like to see you interview a really tough Israel journalist who is so courageous in his coverage of Occupation, checkpoints, daily humiliations of Arabs.. – I understand he has to have a bodyguard to protect him from
    Militant Zionists..
    Thank you for cobbling together a genuinely
    Honest view of this conflict..,

    August 7, 2014 at 12:38 am | Reply
    • mportdmd

      Luz Benard is a classic example of a bigoted observer. Anyone with an un-biased open mind will realize that the casualties of war have been kept this low is due to Israeli concerns for civilians. War is evil and it is Hamas that is hell bent on making war

      August 12, 2014 at 11:54 am | Reply
    • ricklondonsyndication

      Nobody has done more harm to Israeli pr than the UN aka Arab League "Good ol' boys".
      Ironically when their beloved Arab (religion of peace) Syrian Muslims turned on them yesterday,
      where did they turn for safety? They were rescued and in safe hands. Actions speak much
      louder than words, whether they come from journalists or bloggers. Sorry friend. Like Israel or
      not it has every right to exist and protect its citizenry. On an offnote ISIS has already teamed
      up with your cuddle-buddies Hamas. Egyptian major media outlets reported last week 15 ISIS members
      were caught in Sinai by Egyptian military sneaking in from........Dah dah....you're favorite vacation spot...
      Gaza. Since you are so in love with this group, why not move there and be a part of ISIS/Hamas. ISIS
      also posted a video on their website 2 weeks ago of them (ISIS) firing rockets into Israel from Gaza. ISIS
      has drawn the lines. In time, all these rag-tag terror groups like Al Queida, Hamas, etc. will be a part of "your
      top hits". Hope you enjoy the choice you've made. Good luck.

      August 31, 2014 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  5. yahweah

    Is this thread dead ?

    August 4, 2014 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  6. Suzy Q

    It's always about only Israel's right to defend itself NEVER the Palestinians right to defend themselves... If the IDF steps foot in Gaza the Palestinian fights have a right to fight back any way they want.

    August 4, 2014 at 10:16 am | Reply
  7. Suzy Q

    Israel has killed so many people and always says it's the other peoples fault. Israel itself hasn't lost that many people at all. Furthermore, they have nobody to blame but themselves with their situation due to the fact they are not from the area at all and took the land with someone else's power. I feel for Hamas and the poor people they treat like rats. Rats and vermin is a word frequently used by Israel to describe Palestinians.

    August 2, 2014 at 10:42 pm | Reply
    • Ken Gross

      While the coverage of CNN over the conflict disturbs me, I find nothing more depressing than having to read posts such as this that demonstrate a total lack of any factual knowledge of the history underlying the conflict and reak of anti-Semitic and pathetic ignorance. I will pass on reading or commenting any further on CNN. Post such as yours and Loki demonstrate that this is not a site for thoughtful exchange of differing views – but is instead being used as a forum that accomplishes nothing other than to breed hate. If this is what you choose to do in your spare time – have at it, but I'm out.

      August 14, 2014 at 8:55 pm | Reply
      • slevdi

        While I sympathize with your despair, you might have pointed out that Arabs in the area – Gaza and the South Bank – can't trace their relatives back further than the 1920s at most. i.e. the Arabs aren't from the area either. They immigrated into it as the Jews had turned a wasteland into a productive garden that needed more labour than they could provide themselves.

        Also, that a Palestinian before the 1960s was a Jew not an Arab.

        Arafat, the father of the Palestinians was an Egyptian.

        None of this is controversial, it is simply ignored by the pro-Palestinian lobby.

        August 21, 2014 at 3:40 pm | Reply
  8. Loki

    Isreal kills the POW in an air strike and blames Hamas ... Strange way to run a war. Even stranger that Israel would rather have it's soldiers DIE than be captured. Imagine that. The parants oof the dead israeli soldier should ask Netanyahu what is up? Why didn't you just let my son become a POW?
    Next, Israel gets a chance to go to Egypt but would rather kill more women & children.
    Just who are the evil people in this conflict?

    August 2, 2014 at 9:58 pm | Reply
    • Loki

      Basically, the Israelis have become so self righteous they became psychopaths who kill with such vigor and lust it defies imagination. Elysium.

      August 2, 2014 at 10:13 pm | Reply
  9. john c

    I am tired of hearing about the missing or captured israeli soldier. The CNN coverage is biased. About 100 palestinian civilians were killed in one day. CNN shame on you. It appears that the management of CNN is most likely jewish.

    August 1, 2014 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  10. Ken Gross

    What in the world is CNN's problem? To repeatedly conduct interviews and ask if Hamas "misunderstood" the cease fire terms is ridiculous – by doing so – you give credibility to something that has no basis in fact. A Hamas jihad driven animal blew himself up to create a means of capturing an Israeli soldier after the cease fire is in place. Hamas has no regard for human life – not theirs, the Palestinian people or any civilized group. What will it take for the coverage to say, "They are no different than al Qaeda. If given the opportunity – they will do the same to all of those who do not accept their ideology. That includes Israel, England, the USA and so on." After 911, I don't recall CNN conducting interviews to inquire whether al Qaeda made a logistical error in taking down the World Trade Centers. Israel does not want to harm innocent civilians – they accept them into their hospitals. It's been over two weeks – when are you going to demand that a Hamas or Palestinian interviewee answer the question,"How is Israel suppose to stop the bombs and terror tunnels without removing them from where they are located." You sometimes ask the question – but they never respond and you let them, repeatedly avoid the question. You then bolster their game by repeatedly showing the injured, the death toll and the comparison to Israeli deaths. This is not about numbers. Worse than all, after they don't answer the question, you graciously thank them for taking the time to speak with you.. Well – I don;t thank them and you shouldn't either.

    August 1, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Reply
    • Ken Gross

      How long does a post go through moderation?

      August 1, 2014 at 5:34 pm | Reply
  11. Donad G Pierce

    The questions CNN needs to be asked are who profits my killing children? If Israel cannot fire on sites were the rockets are coming from because children are present, what should Israel do to defend itself? Does Hamas really want Peace? If so why does it have a charter that calls for the annihilation of Israel? Israel. How can you begin peace talks with an organization that wants to annihilate you. Why does CNN put Israel in a position were it must defend its method of defending itself? I have never herd CNN ask Hamas what they can do, to protect their civilians? Ask them why they directly attack civilians. CNN your basis so obvious even my liberal friends can see it. You have asked these question a few times, but you do not press the Hamas terrorist organization, with these kinds of questions.

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    August 1, 2014 at 7:43 am | Reply
  12. Kamerin StClaire

    I must say after watching for 2-3 weeks and listening to all sides that I WILL NEVER TRUST AN ARAB ANYWHERE ANYTIME for the rest of my life. I have been appalled at their lies....all of them, including the american arabs. Is it gentic? The Israelis on the other hand are responsible, consistent and do and are what they say and present themselves to be.

    July 31, 2014 at 7:53 pm | Reply
  13. Levy

    CNN is anti Semitic anti Israel
    They R Arab lovers
    Discusting
    CNN should leave Israel

    July 31, 2014 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  14. Chris

    Why does CNN feel much like Al-Jazeera? It's relentless.

    July 31, 2014 at 10:13 am | Reply
  15. Don

    It saddens me to watched such bias reporting. Wolf has always been a joke in my opinion but Erin and Anderson used to have my respect. Turned on this afternoon and all Jake Taper was doing was whining about the poor children. NOTHING about the relentless rockets being launched into Israel. Stop the rockets and demilitarize Gaza and peace will follow. Israel MUST destroy Hamas now. Destroy the tunnels, rockets and their command and control center.

    Once the Palestinians vote in a moderate party that can work for peace then maybe the blockade will be lifted.

    CNN has become a complete joke.

    Al Jazeera America is probably one of the best news sources on cable at the moment. When I tell people that they scoff thinking Al Jazeera is an Islamist propaganda organization. It's not. Seriously check it out for yourself and form your own opinion. Definitely better than CNN. Can't get any worse!!!

    July 29, 2014 at 6:48 pm | Reply
    • Richard

      I wonder if CNN has to be very careful to comply with Hamas' wishes. CNN may or may not be anti-Israel, but to be able to get so many images in Gaza, do they have to sacrifice editorial integrity? Netanyahu the other day was interviewed. He had previously been asked by a journalist to not show images in Gaza because the journalist felt it would endanger his own life. In other words, the journalist either had a threat or a tacit understanding that he comport with Hamas' political goals. Possibly that includes don't show Hamas militants, don't show violence by Hamas or Palestinians, DO show Israeli military vehicles and equipment, DO show rubble, DO show wounded or suffering Palestinians, DON'T show Israeli's at home responding to rocket attacks, DON'T interview Israeli's who excaped Yemen or other local Arabic locales, DON'T interview Israeli's who have suffered at the hands of nearby Arabic countries, DON'T interview Hamas' leaders, other than the lone spokesman from Hamas who is interviewed again and again, etc. etc. I wonder if CNN has read the rules. Seems that perhaps they have. Ms. Burnett DID in fact successfully refute the specifics of the ambassador's contention. But if you mention once very briefly in one show that they did find weapons in a U.N site or Hospital or School, but then spend the rest of the time with grisly images and the rest of the little pro-Hamas imagemaking that seems to go on, then you will promote a worldwide anti-Israel feeling. The anti-Israeli feeling seems to be uncomfortably close to anti-Semitism. When people in recent weeks are saying "gas the Jews" in Europe, where is CNN's camera's then? Is this a sentiment that some producers at CNN enjoy, or is CNN's franchise it's ability to get images in troubled regions and therefore they comport tacitly with the editorial desires of some bad people?

      August 12, 2014 at 10:25 am | Reply
  16. Ginger

    CNN's Karl Penhaul was deported from Israel and banned from entering the country a few years ago for his role in trying to illegally breach the Gaza blockade. As a result, Karl Penhaul is (and has been) very angry and full of hate against Israel. His coverage can – a priori – NOT be fair. How can CNN let this man use it as a means to inject his venom against Israel: blame Israel for the death of Gaza civilians killed by Hamas fire, accuse Israel of targeting children and civilians, etc. ?

    July 29, 2014 at 8:41 am | Reply
    • Richard

      Yes, but he denied using grisly images to make a point. It might have been more persuasive had CNN not been streaming during his denial grisly images.

      August 12, 2014 at 10:27 am | Reply
  17. Gabriel Ansah

    Would CNN shows wounded n dead bodies of children shot in American school.Would they as take kids to bloody spots with blood all over ? C'mon .

    July 29, 2014 at 5:21 am | Reply
  18. David

    Best segment ever – I subscribe to James' analysis that Israel is killing civilians in Gaza while we are finding excuses to justify their killings. Israeli side has great communication prowess to aggressively propagate anti-Semitic and anti-Israel labels on any journalist who brings any humanitarian view of killings of Gaza civilian population. That is also true when the same people label journalists like Erin B. and Wolf B. as having anti- Israel bias. Come on! Really!! By the way, who is LH on this site who is very active to "defame" these journalists.

    July 28, 2014 at 7:45 pm | Reply
    • Richard

      I agree with you David, that it is irresponsible to label Erin or Wolf as anti-semitic. However, that doesn't mean that a number of producers and other staff who DO in fact select the images and the choice of editorial content are not indeed anti-semitic. CNN and the world press' images have led to a massive demonstrations, riots and other outbursts of anti-Israeli sentiment around the world. There has been little to no coverage of CNN for the recent "gas the Jews" images in Europe. So perhaps there is some anti-semitism going on at CNN. Perhaps it is in the guise of "we are only criticising the government" with unfair and distorted equivalencies.

      August 12, 2014 at 10:31 am | Reply
  19. Ezra

    The words of the Ambassador were a devastating indictment of CNN's coverage of this conflict. There would be no blockade, no war, no civilian casualties, if indeed Hamas renounced violence, stopped targeting Israeli civilians and engaged in dialogue. The proof of that is that all this tragedy befell upon Hamas violently taking over control of the strip. That is the root of this conflict but somehow CNN cannot bring itself to present the facts clearly. Yes, wrenching images of pain produce ratings and this conflict produces more ratings than any other, and hence, CNN clings to a broadcasting strategy that is less about covering what is happening and more about the echo it may generate. The devastating and grizzly events of this very last week in Syria barely get any coverage because they are unlikely to generate the same passions. Finally, the replay of Mr. Dermer's comments and having Mr. Oren there to only utter two short sentences while giving the official message of the network free rain without it being contested, was a disgrace. If you felt so compelled to respond to his comments, wait another day and have him on the air to answer to your counter allegations.

    July 28, 2014 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  20. banlin

    CNN keeps forgetting that the reason for Israel's offensive is aim at Hamas. Hamas that has for some reason allowed to exist a terrorist organization that has continue to fire rockets at Israel, using civilian sites as their military and rocket sites. They kept using the blockade as an an excuse to fire rockets while forgetting that the reason for the blockade is because Hamas refused to safe guard the borders of Israel and Israelis travelling in Gaza.CNN reporters said that they are not allowed by Hamas to show dead or wounded militants for security reason but they are allowed to show dead and wounded Palestinian civilians isn't that tantamount to being dictated by Hamas?

    July 28, 2014 at 2:03 pm | Reply
    • john c

      CNN is obviously biased toward Israel. CNN should not be using Jewish reporters to cover the Palestine conflict. I want independent non biased news. CNN needs to tell the facts and stop the BS.

      August 1, 2014 at 4:59 pm | Reply
    • john c

      When are we going to see the coverage of the captured Hamas Soldiers? All I see is the CNN coverage regarding the one IDF soldier. There are hundreds of captured Hamas soldiers that were defending their country from an Israeli invasion they deserve to have news coverage. Is Israel torturing the captured Hamas soldiers?

      August 1, 2014 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  21. LH

    In a joint study by the Joan Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University and the Project for Excellence in Journalism, the authors found disparate treatment by the three major cable channels of Republican and Democratic candidates during the earliest five months of presidential primaries in 2007: "The CNN programming studied tended to cast a negative light on Republican candidates – by a margin of three-to-one. Four-in-ten stories (41%) were clearly negative while just 14% were positive and 46% were neutral. The network provided negative coverage of all three main candidates with McCain faring the worst (63% negative) and Romney faring a little better than the others only because a majority of his coverage was neutral. It's not that Democrats, other than Obama, fared well on CNN either. Nearly half of the Illinois Senator's stories were positive (46%), vs. just 8% that were negative. But both Clinton and Edwards ended up with more negative than positive coverage overall. So while coverage for Democrats overall was a bit more positive than negative, that was almost all due to extremely favorable coverage for Obama."[65]

    July 28, 2014 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  22. LH

    For those interested in who runs CNN now, It is owned by Time Warner (btw Time Warner Cable is no longer part of Time Warner and is part of comcast). Time Warner is CNN, Time Magazine, Warner Communications, Warner Brothers, Turner Broadcasting, HBO, New Line Cinema CW television station. There are others but these are the majors. When you look at what comes out of Time Warner it should be no surprise that they are bias toward liberal views. Liberal views tend to be anti-Israel, more prone to J-street and away from AIPAC. Anyone who has looked at what is going on should not be surprised by CNN liberal, anti-Israel bias.

    July 28, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Reply
    • Santa

      Until July23. Israeli officials were given 68 minutes on the air at CNN/CNNI, while Palestinian official were given only 19 minutes !!!

      Basically , CNN like all Anglo-American and most of west-European media outlets trying to create picture where Israel is assumed to be good, peaceful, and like ‘us’, meanwhile Palestinians are backwards, violent, and foreign.
      With every fame, scene, frase, wording, narrative is simple – Palestinians are lesser human then "us" and Jews, Palestinians children are fair game and aren't the same children Obama and US politician worrying so much about.

      CNN parroting IDF propaganda when ever they can, even when it's so obviously untrue. Just one example is attacks on UN, but also on schools, hospitals, power plant, civilian buildings, etc, where IDF blaming victims – claims that victims deliberately bombing themselves, is particularly famous Serbian attempt to manipulate UN reports on almost four years long bombardment and siege of Sarajevo. CNN repeats "no one knows who bombed UN shelter", casting doubt where there's non is worst kind of propaganda bias and manipulation, while UN reports are absolutely clear that IDF is responsible for bombing all these sites.
      About CNN political and ideological background – ex-chairman and CEO of Time Warner G. Levin, Jew and prominent Zionist and member of AIPAC was key figure behind wrestling off company from Ted Turner; J. Zucker CNN president, Jew and AIPAC-friendly liberal Zionist, after whose take-over in 2013, CNN completely changed reporting on invasion on Gaza from more-less objective reporting on Cast Lead to blatantly biased reporting on 2014 summer assault !
      Oh, and there's Wolf Blitzer, a former correspondent for the ultra-Zionist Jerusalem Post, who began as the public relations spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), and who use nickname "Bibi" when address Israeli PM in interviews.

      July 31, 2014 at 8:22 pm | Reply
      • Richard

        This is an antisemitic rant. What awful people are defending Palestine.

        August 11, 2014 at 5:43 pm | Reply
    • Ken Gross

      Not surprised. Just angered and frustrated.

      August 1, 2014 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  23. New Yorker

    I honestly feel that the news coverage has become so slanted that it doesn't resemble the truth anymore, on any level.

    You keep comparing Israel, a country, to Hamas, a terrorist group. Tell me what's next? Comparing the U.S.A. to Al Quida?

    CNN while one of the finest news organizations has been turned into a terrorist loving joke!

    Anderson was the only one keeping them honest until I found him not reporting the Israeli side of the Lebanon war and the first Gaza war. He was only reporting about those poor dear Hezbollah terrorists. Those poor little dears. Never once a word on Israel until complaints started to be filed. Then in the first Gaza war he did most of his coverage from Gaza. Not once did he cover all of the missiles being rained down on Israel until people started to complain and then when he finally did it was for about 2 minutes as opposed to days of coverage for Hamas.

    By the way, CNN has stopped using the word terrorist(s). In case you don't know what they are, take the #1 subway train going downtown and get off at the World Trade Center stop and check out the names at Ground Zero, and the museum.

    It just might enlighten you.

    Personally, I find most of you are anti-semetic, anti- Israel and you think you're all that, but your not.

    Anderson was one of the finest reporters out there, that is now in the past. Erin I used to hope you would turn out to be another Anderson, but in a skirt. I thought you were terrific in the beginning. Now, you're a total disappointment.

    It's sad, very sad that you could make CNN, Ted Turner's idea and turn it into nothing more than a joke!

    MSNBC is no better. Fox was the same, but seems to have righted themselves.

    There were two men on CNN on Saturday afternoon, one a guest and one the anchor and both were young and were anti-semetic with their comments. I turned them off too.

    Maybe Anderson will do a story about KEEPING CNN HONEST. How I wish Jack Anderson were still alive, because he would take CNN apart!

    July 28, 2014 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • LH

      CNN has become a liberal, anti-Israel, gossip channel. I think it started about a year ago when they found their ratings in the trash. You just need to understand that their "fair and balanced" is actually liberally bias, pro Clinton, anti-Israel. That is clear to the vast majority of my friends. Now some of my friends are happy with that and some are not, but that is the way that it is.

      July 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm | Reply
    • Kamerin StClaire

      Well done!! Could not have stated it better!

      July 31, 2014 at 7:45 pm | Reply
    • john c

      hamas is a politcal party in Palestine of which the leaders were democratically elected. it is obvious that cnn is anti-palestine. Palestine is being invaded by Israel and has the right to defend itself.gaza ia the world's largest prison. Israel controls every aspect of the Palestinian people. Gaza is approximately the size of Detroit and has a population of 1.8 million people. It is overcrowded and does not have any free space for a military base. Israel limits and controls all products imported into Gaza. Palestine is using rockets because they are being treated like animals they want to live free and have control of their lives. They want Israel to return the land the stole from them. Palestine is not using people as human shields they are trying to defend their country in extremely overcrowded conditions which Israel is causing..They are fighting for their freedom and their land. Israel killed 1000 innocent people in 3 weeks.Israel blocks the broadcast of Palestinian radio in Israel so the israel people can only have access to government propaganda. The Palestinian people are being treated like animals b Israel. Every Israeli person needs to live in Palestine for one week so they can feel what the Palestinian people feel. It should be obvious that Israel is a terrorist country and cannot be trusted with nuclear weapons. Israel needs to be disarmed.

      August 1, 2014 at 4:50 pm | Reply
      • Richard

        Actually, i don't think an Israeli will survive in Palestine for 1 week. That's a fake suggestion. Yet Palestinians do live in Israel, protected by the laws there. Palestine has been ofered a state again and again going back 70 years. They rejected it again and again, in favor of their own stated goal, which is to destroy and remove Israel. Voting for Hamas, who clings to violence and careless exposure of it's citizens to dangers is the choice of the people form Gaza. No country can reasonably expect concessions in that light. So to say, Israel took their land is false. To say Israel is invading a "country" is false. To say they have the "right" to defend themselves when they themselves agreed to demilitarize is wrong. If, as many posters on this string have said, Israel is bloodthirstily trying to kill Palestinians why only 2000 dead? Why are so many of them 20-27 year old males if they are all "civilians"? Why aren't people angry about 200,000 Syrian civilians whe were killed at the hands of a terrorist Islamic state-or is the real problem here that many of the posters hate Jews? Israel has killed people again and again? What baloney. Muslims have indeed killed and continue to kill mass numbers of people in Syria, Iraq, Libya (recently). Way way way more than the deaths in Palestine.

        August 11, 2014 at 5:40 pm | Reply
    • Loki

      Who is doing all the actual killing???? Israel .... You kill 1000 to 1. That is the value you put on anyone's life who is not Jewish. You call for the extermination of the displaced Palestinians and call them sub humans and vermin. Hmmm
      They don't call you names.... Seems to me Israel is the terrorist group.

      August 2, 2014 at 10:05 pm | Reply
  24. Allan Tanny

    No it has not. I'm tires of seeing Wolf with pictures of destruction behind him. Nowhere has it been mentioned that if the rockets stop Israel will stop. The failure to mention the rockets being stored in schools is unforgivable. Especially since the news was reported everywhere else. Not even knowing about it shows a reporter just not doing her job properly.
    I've seen stuff like this before from CNN. Basically I hace had it with you guys. If I wanted to watch slanted, biased news
    I'd watch Fox.

    July 28, 2014 at 11:34 am | Reply
    • LH

      It really is a shame. Wolf parents were actually orthodox jews, but he is willing to sell his soul for money. You would think he has enough by now, but I guess he can never have enough

      July 28, 2014 at 1:02 pm | Reply
    • john c

      Please show me the proof (the evidence) that Hamas is storing rockets in schools.

      August 1, 2014 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  25. Danny Rush

    With all due respect, the Israeli ambassador to the US is using known smear tactics to silence Erin Burnett who has been extremely fair. The facts on the ground show that more than 1000 Palestinians, mostly children and women, have been slaughtered as a result of this war. There's no excuse for committing these crimes. Israel is no longer accepted as a nation with western values or standards.

    July 28, 2014 at 11:05 am | Reply
    • Robert

      With all due respect, you are an anti semite. Israel has agreed to every cease fire. If you were even a little educated you would realize that Hamas's obejectives are just to destroy not only Israel, but the West as well.
      250000 Syrians have been killed in the Syrian civil war, yet why does CNN not accuse the government there of mass murder. If one rocket were fired where you lived, you would demand that your governemnt defend themselves. Lets remember, Hamas has been for the last 9 years shooting rockets into Israel.

      July 28, 2014 at 5:04 pm | Reply
      • Richard

        I think perhaps you both may be wrong. The ambassador was responding to a legitamate frustration about CNN's use of images, though the ambassador was later proven wrong in his specific allegations on a "fact check" response by Erin. However, when CNN reporter denied on her segment, using grisly images cynically, CNN was in fact streaming those very images. She did make good refutation of the ambassador's specific claims, but I think if she actually watched CNN's coverage during the firs week, she would see that his general point was correct-that CNN was promoting a distorted view. I would presume that much of the content choice and the choice of imagery is done by people other than Erin.

        August 12, 2014 at 10:43 am | Reply
    • john c

      I agree Israel is acting like a terrorist country and cannot be trusted with nuclear weapons. Israel needs to be disarmed and the war criminals put in jail.

      August 1, 2014 at 5:24 pm | Reply
      • Richard

        Your vehement accusation does indeed sounds a bit extreme. If Israelis were "war criminals", then there would be much more than 2000 so-called civilians who had died in Gaza. War-criminals, such as those in Syria can kill hundreds of thousands, as they have there. Not 2000. War criminals don't telephone people in advance to encourage evacuation. War criminals, in fact, encourage their people to stay in harms way. War criminals in fact put missiles near densely populated zones and near schools and hospitals as a cynical ploy to engage worldwide sympathy at the expense of their own people's life. So the real war criminals are Hamas.

        CNN has shown some funeral processions. The calls for vengeance and recrimination are almost always there, but go untranslated. CNN does not show Israeli funerals very often. Nor do they contrast the lack of calling for vengeance. In fact, they fail to show the universal thirst for peace as contrasted with the universal call for Jihad in Gaza.

        August 12, 2014 at 10:49 am | Reply
    • Christine

      Danny, I believe you have forgotten that the death of innocent people doesn't just happen when Israel is involved in a war. How many innocents have died when the US has fought wars? Not only that, the US also has a tendency to appoint evil dictators who oppress and dehuminize innocent people. But CNN doesn't talk about that stuff...

      August 5, 2014 at 2:10 pm | Reply
    • lightbulb55447

      War by definition involves hurting the other side until one is victorious. It is about such a fundamental clash between values and life that it becomes necessary, though regrettably. Soldiers are the sons and daughters (many are 20 year-old "kids") of civilians. There is no clean way to fight a war. But if you think I am wrong, give a try at a peace mission with the ISIS folks,

      August 28, 2014 at 10:19 pm | Reply
      • jgol4p4is

        Do you realize your defense of Hamas is playing into the hands of the Hamas terrorist. Go to http://4realpeace.com to learn more. I don't believe you want to play into the hands of terrorist who use women and children as human shields. Question does Hamas fire rockets into Israel at only military targets?

        August 30, 2014 at 4:17 am | Reply
  26. slevdi

    The really important news isn't covered by the MSM, especially CNN. To get real information on this war you need to read a wide variety of blogs and try and assess which items are telling a story supported by facts or a just pushing an anti-Hamas or anti-Israel agenda.

    Erin Burnett had no idea of the rockets in UN schools when confronted by Dermer. She had to trawl through days worth of footage find a single reference to it, yet it is the single most important piece of verifiable data coming out of Gaza on how Hamas operate. And it isn't coming out via any MSM reporter in Gaza, but via the UN themselves.

    July 28, 2014 at 5:30 am | Reply
    • LH

      You are right. I read AP, Reuters, BBC. You also can read newspapers from different countries translated into english. Cable News Network has become a bias gossip rag. Look at their stories most are basically gossip about celebrities and not significant news articles.

      July 28, 2014 at 1:06 pm | Reply
  27. dan

    The show raised the question "Has Israel-Gaza coverage been fair" and Erin proceeded to prove that it is not, heavily biased in favor of Hamas, and anti Israeli. By the nature of the questions, and Erin's tone of voice it was positively clear that she is not objective.

    There is no doubt that the Gazans are suffering, but the blame clearly lies on the shoulders of Hamas who is the ruler of that area, not Israel, and Erin seems to have not absorbed that fact. If Hamas is using the population as hostages to their intents as a Terrorist Organization (much like Al Qaeda) then there is no responsibility on Israel's side to risk one life of their own citizenry, soldiers included, to protect the citizens of Gaza from harm. Despite that Israel has and is doing everything possible, to their own detriment, to warn the population of imminent attack, even at the expense of allowing the Hamas perpetrators to escape.

    Sorry to see Erin's superficiality.

    July 28, 2014 at 1:00 am | Reply
  28. Shay

    The only reason Gaza is being blockaded is because they sent terrorists into Israel, terrorists who try to kidnap civilians, who wear explosives in order to bomb large populated areas in Israel.
    Hamas knows that for one person, soldier or civilian, Israel would pay a high price, even if that kidnapped person was dead and Israel knew it- they would still release murderers in order to get that body back and properly bury it.
    CNN isn't fair when it covers the conflict because they don't show the civilians on Israel's side, they are part of the reason why Israel has even entered the Gaza Strip.
    Those civilians have been bombed for 14 years(!) that's not a life.
    They are afraid to shower, afraid to go to the toilet, some are even afraid to go to work, to school, walk the dog or just generally go out.
    This is war, and as much as it hurts in war there are casualties, the only reason why Gaza has more is because Hamas doesn't even try to defend those civilians, he doesn't provide them safe rooms and shelters or even bothers to set up an alarm system to warn the citizens- Israel makes sure they do all of that plus they developed the Iron Dome which saves lives.
    That's why Gaza has more casualties.
    And yes, Hamas uses the media to gain power, by only showing his side, by making Israel look bad and them look like saints you serve their purpose.
    There is a video online of civilians wanting to evacuate a bombed area in Gaza- just like Israel has asked of the civilians- the only reason they stay there is because(and you can see it in that video) Hamas officials start to hit them and threaten them.
    And Israel can't enter a school and check if there are still civilians there simply because the IDF soldiers are being fired at from that same school, house, hospital etc.
    A former IDF soldier told in an interview that there was this one time when they were being shot at by terrorists from inside a kindergarden, the IDF soldiers on scene got an order from above to not fire because there might be children in there.
    Israel can't afford to be as human as it was before because it just doesn't work, Hamas continues to do what it does best- be a terrorist group, and Israel does the best it can do- defending it's civilians against a terrorist organization.
    Go talk to the kids in Sderot or other places in the south under constant bombing(14 years) and see the difference- interview a kid in Israel and s/he would say that they just want to live in peace, interview a child in Gaza and s/he would say kill the Jews or the Zionists.

    July 27, 2014 at 6:27 pm | Reply
  29. Tammy Koppel

    What other country/army in history ever gave a humanitarian warning before targeting its enemies? Israel is unique in the world. It even treats wounded Palestinians and even terrorists in its hospital, for example Sheba Hospital. Google it. If Hamas wanted its civilians to stop being hurt, why haven't they stopped the rocket attacks against Israel? Let the Israeli people live in peace – then so will the Gazans be able to.

    July 27, 2014 at 5:30 pm | Reply
    • john c

      Gaza is the size of detroit with double the population density. There is no place to hide and be safe from the Israel bombing. Bombing Gaza is like shooting fish in a barrel. Gaza is a prison that is controlled by Israel. Israel needs to return the land they stole from palestine and give them their freedom.

      August 1, 2014 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  30. LH

    CNN coverage has been very one-sided. Usually CNN has a liberal bias (especially in favor of both Clintons). I do not watch CNN a lot but yesterday I was talking with some of my friends who run the gambit from liberal to conservative and the general consensus was the CNN was very bias against Israel. There must be a female reporter from Gaza who makes outrageous statement which are pro hamas and anti israel. I think she is on generally with a male reporter in Israel. The male reporter does not overly defend Israel but sometimes gives her a look like are you crazy when she spouts off hamas bias remarks. I personally just saw a CNN segment where they were talking about how terrible it was that Israel bombed a UN site, but they never mentioned in this piece that 2 UN sites in Gaza have already been found to illegally have hamas rockets.

    July 27, 2014 at 10:09 am | Reply
  31. Jacob Nissenbaum

    Show the Inside of tunnels not in a light of resistence but in light of a teror tunnel.

    July 27, 2014 at 8:17 am | Reply
    • Richard

      Actually, during Erin Burnett's follow up "fact check", she interviewed a CNN reporter. He vehmently denied using grisly images for effect. During his angry denial, grisly images were actually streaming. Ms. Burnett asked a former Israeli Ambassador if the coverage was biased. He actually evaded the answer, and implied that perhaps if CNN was doing it, it was not inentional. There was a curious report from CNN from Martin Savidge the night I saw this "fact check". His story, spent an incredilby long time touring a Palestinian grave. He seemed very tearful, and perhaps angry at the Israelis, for what he perceives as their impropriety. Where is the balance? CNN has 200,000 Syrian deaths. They choose to show and point at Israel, despite denials, over 2000. Israel phones Palestinians when they are going to attack. They might report on that a time or two. But the rest of the time, they stream pictires of destruction again and again and again. THe failure to contextualize seems very much to bias the viewer, whether intentional or not.
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      August 11, 2014 at 5:53 pm | Reply
  32. Hadas Kozlowski

    Amb. Dermer's full allegation was that CNN had not reported on the fact that rockets had been found in two UN schools AND THEN TURNED OVER TO HAMAS. The program did not respond to the latter point at all.

    July 27, 2014 at 7:15 am | Reply
  33. Arthro

    CNN will continue to bash Israel because it suits their political agenda. Pendahl is completely ridiculous citing the Rules of War/Geneva convention when Hamas started this conflict (and ignored ceasefires) by continually firing rockets into Israel.

    July 27, 2014 at 7:01 am | Reply
  34. Nancy

    The IDF warns civilians of Gaza of imminent attacks via multiple media. No other army does that. Why isn't CNN asking how come Hamas doesn't warn Israel of imminent rocket attacks in the same way that the IDF is warning Palestinians ?

    July 27, 2014 at 1:04 am | Reply
  35. david

    Erin still didn't speak to Ambassador Dermer's information that rockets found in a UN school were then handed over to Hamas by the UN school! That's an outrage!

    July 27, 2014 at 12:01 am | Reply
  36. Billy

    Best segment I've ever seen on erin burnett outfront

    July 26, 2014 at 11:25 pm | Reply
  37. MZ

    CNN and BBC are very biased in their coverage about the Israel Gaza conflict. You keep posting pictures of kids dead from "gaza" when it's actually from Syria. Maybe you should talk about how Hamas has been shooting rockets at Israel for years! Thank God Israel has the iron dome.

    How many innocent civilians died when the IS was in Iraq or Afghanistan???

    Hamas is a terrorist organization. Israel does not need to negotiate with terrorists. The people in Palestine elected Hamas and they took the money for the people to create tunnels to commit terrorists attacks on Israel. For starters you could actually discuss some of these issues.

    July 26, 2014 at 11:23 pm | Reply
  38. Jerry Bigness

    Unexploded rockets were found in a UN school AFTER it had been blown to bits, and nobody is questioning the validity of this? This sounds like they were planted after the fact. If there are any explosives experts or rocket scientists reading this, can you please explain how the school was demolished into rubble, except for the highly explosive rockets that were in there.

    July 26, 2014 at 10:50 pm | Reply
  39. greggordon

    Hamas are Terrorists but this is never mentioned by CNN. How can a United States new agency treat terrorists better then Israel a democratic state. CNN and Erin B. are not covering the facts properly and trying to also make everyone believe that they have been covering a balanced report online where I have read all articles posted online at cnn.com and it has not been mentioned that Hamas are terrorists nor that they use civilians against Israel by putting bombs in homes and schools.

    July 26, 2014 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  40. Tawfiq

    Not yet. Allways they show israel as a victim. However, CNN is fair sometimes.

    July 26, 2014 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  41. Nancy

    Sadly, Israel targets civilians. Many people use Hamas as an "excuse" to the brutal murders. Hamas has only been in existence for 27 years, while Israel's siege on Palestine has been in existence for 66 years. How are they going to justify the murders of civilians and illegal confiscation of land, now? Israel blamed Hamas for the murders of the three Israeli teens, while after further investigation, it proved to not be true at all: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/07/hamas-didnt-kidnap-the-israeli-teens-after-all.html.

    No one cares about political parties or anything right now. All we care about is peace on both sides and stopping the brutal murders and beating of innocent civilians.

    July 26, 2014 at 6:50 pm | Reply
  42. Ofer

    I find it interesting that Erin is doing a piece on whether or not the reporting is biased, and yet all I see throughout the report is photos of Palestinian casualties? Thousands of rockets were fired at Israel, people injured, properties damaged, children in shelters for days, and yet the only photos and videos during this segment were of the Palestinian side. Humm, I guess Erin's piece answered her own question.

    July 26, 2014 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  43. Patrick

    The CNN reporter took Dermer on and put him in his place. Nice work CNN.

    A note to Mayor Bloomberg. You are an American. I would hope you would be interested more in American interests and safety than Israel's GDP. Your defense of another Nation in the face of American interests is disturbing.

    July 26, 2014 at 4:48 pm | Reply
  44. Susan Warner

    A correction: In your 12:45 newscast on Israel, your reporter mentioned "so-called terror tunnels". I am not sure what a "so-called terror tunnel" is, but I just gave a lecture with pictures on this topic to a class. These tunnels are roughly nine feet high outfitted with with railroad tracks, telephone and electricity cables and WIFI. They are complex tunnels of which a large number are dug from gaza to sights under communities in Israel near Gaza. Some of them are 50-70 feet underground so as to avoid detection. In the tunnels are weapons, ammunition, flack jackets, and handcuffs and drugs for use with kidnapped victims. Last report is that these tunnels are being readied for a major attack on Israel communities during their upcoming Holiday of Rosh Hashana. Maybe your news people call this a "so-called terror tunnel" but in my dictionary this is the real thing. Perhaps your reporters need to read up on the facts. If you don't have enough staff to dig up facts, I can help you for free. The information is available. http://www.israelolivetree.org

    July 26, 2014 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  45. Lara

    Time for us to cut Israel lose for fight it's own genocidal war without US complicity. I can think of many better uses for US tax dollars than creating new terrorists through Israeli disproportional responses and collective punishment of Palestinians.

    July 26, 2014 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  46. jacques

    Change at least three names : Wolf to Oussama Blizer, Ben to Ayman Wideman and CNN to CSS.
    YOUR CREDIBILITY IS AT RISK BECAUSE YOUR REPORTERS IN JERUSALEM AND GAZA.

    July 26, 2014 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  47. Susan Warner

    Erin Burnett show a deep ignorance and naievite in her interview with Ron Durmer. Her pro Palestinian bias was clear. Plus what was most interesting is that she didn't even listen to Durmers comments but went blithly ahead with her own agenda. It was likely the worst interview I have ever hear but Ron Durmer was bold and brave and stood up for the good guys. When is the news media going to understand who the agressor is in this conflict. Ms. Burnett should be ashamed. She has not even don the least bit of homework before expressing her ignorant opinion.

    July 26, 2014 at 1:42 pm | Reply
  48. ahmed Alduri

    No it's not fair because you're not showing a big bully have been brutal to his small neighbor for years cutting food medical supplies, clothes and all the essential stuff for a country to survive and now bombing them killing kids woman and elder people well knowing that they can't defend themselves or go anywhere , you need to go there and show the real pictures and let the people see the truth

    July 26, 2014 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  49. Fred

    I don't think the qestion was asked right I followed the two hours that where in question it's not that cnn didn't mention key word mention what Israel is going threw they did but there is no question CNN justs keep showing what happening to the Palestinians so balance of time I would say it was not fair coverage

    July 26, 2014 at 1:27 pm | Reply
  50. David b.

    Innocent killing must stop. Israel is leading killer of innocents in this war.

    July 26, 2014 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  51. ronni

    Thank you, Erin for your report.
    Here’s why CNN coverage of Gaza bloodshed and death count of Palestinian’s actually harms Palestinian objective, which is to achieve independence and have its own state.
    We need to remember that this is what it is all about and by focusing on dramatic and horrific visuals you’re feeding into the Islamic terrorist goal, which encourages even more bloodshed.

    What is the main goal of Hamas? To exterminate Jews (sound familiar?) and wipe them off the map. The Palestinian plight is perfect for them. Palestinian have been rejected by the Arab countries (anyone talking about that?), so they are lured into accepting assistance from Hamas and even many enlist in joining the terrorist group.

    We know that the terrorists use the Palestinians as human shields, hide their missiles in hospitals and schools and build impressively architectured tunnels, originating under Palestinian homes, in order to infiltrate residential areas inside of Israel.

    Israel defends itself by building defense mechanisms and sets goals to eliminate the Hamas infrastructure. Palestinians are warned by Israelis to evacuate homes and areas that will be targeted. Some won’t leave, some can’t and people die. Hamas rejoices in the Palestinian death because this serves their purpose – let everyone know that the Jews did it. Let’s get rid of them.

    CNN falls into the terrorist trap and focuses precisely on what the terrorist have wanted them to portray, and now the Israelis are unhumanitarian antagonists, and are perceived as the “evil ones”.

    Instead, the focus should be on what the Terrorist are doing and how this has started. If you show how this begins each time, we will then be able to end it. Really. Show the methods the terrorists use and how Palestinians are being lured with false promises and enlisted by them.

    If CNN, and others did this, the Palestinians would gain Arab and Western support and they would be able to disengage themselves from Hamas. (or any terrorist group that came before Hamas or will emerge after.)

    Peace talks would be an achievable goal. With terrorists out of the picture and with Western and Arab support, Palestinians would have a country in Gaza. There would be a real chance at peace… Finally. How nice would that be? It’s not fiction.

    Show the actions of the originator of the conflict – you will give peace a chance.

    The reason why I am writing to you is because I expect a level of professionalism from you, CNN, above the others. Please sit back and examine your tactics. Presently, CNN’s reporting achieves wonderful dramatic, emotional reactions from your audience, but you are feeding the murderous flame of the Islamic terrorist group – Hamas.

    July 26, 2014 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  52. Mel Portnoy

    I've watched CNN attempt to bring the Israeli-Hamas conflict to your viewers in a fair meaningful presentation. You failed! The number of dead and wounded on both sides continues to increase, because that is the nature of war. War is NOT a nice thing. If you don't want people to die, DON'T go to war.
    It is to Israel's commendation that the number of dead Palestinians (including children) is so low. I never hear the word "only" on CNN. Considering the number of civilian population in any given area of Gaza the number of dead could be much much higher if it were not for the Israeli restraints.
    You gloss over the facts that Hamas wanted this war. Hamas is dedicated to the annihilation of Israel. There is no common ground until this terrorist group (who is, incidentally, our enemy as well) changes their basic tenets.

    July 26, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  53. Eric S

    I think one needs to define the nature of biased and propaganda-like reporting–does the content reasonably cover the facts and context. I have seen many CNN reports detailing the tragic harm to Palestinian children in this conflict. I have yet to see a CNN reporter ask any of the parents or doctors why Hamas did not accept the initial ceasefire, or if they support their elected government's firing of rockets and threatening Israelis, including children, with harm. Peace will not come until both parties work toward a settlement. Electing and supporting a terrorist organization is an underlying context that needs to be probed and reported as much as its consequences. Mentioning important facts rarely, is biased reporting–what is important is implicit by the attention given.

    July 26, 2014 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  54. Harry Mitchell

    The Palestinians are to Israel what native people were to 19th century European-Americans. A group to be subjugated, minimized, and, if necessary, eliminated. Any excuse to further this goal was welcomed, as evidenced by the number of broken treaties, massacres, and eventual living conditions. Sadly Hamas often provides Israel with those needed excuses, although one could argue that, given enough pressure, it is possible to force that initial response. I'm afraid this part of the world may end up mirroring our own history. Israeli settlements will expand and Gaza eventually will be reduced to a marginalized reservation.

    July 26, 2014 at 12:09 pm | Reply
  55. Edis

    No, CNN does more editorializing than objective reporting. The pictures are repeated over and over, playing into the hands of Hamas, that even the US considers a terrorist organization. Israel has responsibility to defend its citizens agains the continual barrage of rockets and attempted kidnapping of its citizens.

    July 26, 2014 at 11:26 am | Reply
  56. NoSlack2327

    Bravo to Erin Burnett for her professionalism during the insulting and rude commentary by the Ambassador from Israel. His behavior was rude. His overbearing demeanor is what we would expect from a boar. And, bravo to Ms. Burnett for completely refuting the Ambassador's propaganda during her subsequent interviews with colleagues.

    July 26, 2014 at 10:15 am | Reply
    • dan

      You just proved, in your own words, the point that she was not objective.

      Check mate.

      July 28, 2014 at 4:52 pm | Reply
      • mportdmd

        Erin and the other "reporters" at CNN have not given Israel a fair reporting. Why does Hamas need weapons? Israel left Gaza in 2005 giving them open borders, financial aid, and a willingness to provide assistance to build their infrastructure. All Israel received since then has been suicide bombings and rockets. What would you do if your neighbors even tossed trash into your yard?
        The statement never heard by CNN is "only this number of civilians have been injured". Erin should be applauding the IDF for keeping the number of dead and wounded civilians down to a lesser number in the face of this war. There is no secret that Hamas uses its civilians (women and children) to protect their weapons.

        August 2, 2014 at 11:22 am | Reply
    • Richard

      I actually didn't see it the same way as you did. It looked like there was a serious and impassioned criticism, Erin tried to counter it by asking tough questions, which were well answered. The question "shouldn't you have warned them more, since there was children", is a weak refutation to "you guys are biased-you overstate and hide key facts about Hamas culpability-in this case missiles hidden in U.N. buildings". In any case, while Israel warns people to avoid military targets, Hamas targets civilians. That CNN would criticize Israel for insufficient warnings is completely amazing. Hama has been actually counseling people to ignore such warnings and stay in harms way, according to various press reports. CNN should answer to their anti-Israel bias.

      August 3, 2014 at 3:21 am | Reply
  57. M.McGuire

    While Israeli representatives are speaking, CNN often superimposes videos of screaming Palestinians in ER's. The message is thereby slanted. The reporters,Penhaul and Wedeman, also seem pro-Palestinian in their comments. The situation is difficult and complex and the public needs to have all aspects fairly covered. CNN's standing as a news source is being damaged by reporting that is not impartial.

    July 26, 2014 at 9:32 am | Reply
  58. bh

    CNN reporter stating they do not show dying children or are under no directive to do so while at the same time CNN cuts away to show photo after photo of Palestinian wounded children and adults in the hospital. Do they even watch their own show? Do they even know what the producers are putting up. Biased and shameful reporting from CNN. Very poorly done.

    July 26, 2014 at 8:03 am | Reply
  59. Carl

    For Erin: Caught your response to Israel's Ambassador regarding fairness of coverage on Gaza Strip. Good job. Hope your public affairs people are also briefing leading US Jewish groups – otherwise he could bring his own firestorm on you, your show and your network.

    July 26, 2014 at 7:56 am | Reply
    • Richard

      Actually don't really see what you mean, Carl. A serious allegation was posited against CNN. A very weak counter was made by Erin, which was well refuted. It certainly does appear that CNN is waging a bit of a war against Israel.

      August 3, 2014 at 3:24 am | Reply
  60. Tino

    Are you kidding me? You get three, OBVIOUSLY anti-Israeli journalists...selectively play clips of the Israeli perspective (no more than 1 min of air time) and give these "activist journalists" 9 mins of air time {with all kinds of distorted "facts"]... and then declare yourselves unbiased–sounds a lot like Fox News to me. I could go on and on, but you know what? It's not worth my time. You're simply going to remain comfortably be blind by your own lack of critical analysis and some day it's gonna kick you on the butt.

    July 26, 2014 at 5:52 am | Reply
  61. vvvortex

    I find it interesting that while watching your response to the Israeli ambassador about unfair coverage, and your correspondents' responses, the only video images shown are of injured Palestinian children being carried around, and of blood stains.

    The overall tone of CNN stories and videos seem to be that "sure, weapons are being hidden in schools, but look at all of the poor people Israel is murdering!" Sometimes I feel that CNN should be PNN – Palestinian News Network.

    July 26, 2014 at 1:54 am | Reply
    • David

      And she didn't even acknowledge that after weapons were discovered at a UN school, the UN gave the missiles to Hamas!!!!

      July 28, 2014 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  62. jeff

    It is interesting to note that during your 9 minute segment on whether coverage of the conflict is fair, you continuously ran clips of injured palestinians, esp children. was there not footage of injuries on the israeli side? is that fair?

    July 26, 2014 at 1:28 am | Reply
  63. Sergio

    Has Israel-Gaza coverage been fair? Went through your comments and could not find the answer. So let me give you a hand – the answer is "NO".
    Your bias has been exposed by Mr. Dermer, and the fact that you could not deny it during the interview, and that you were not able to refute his allegations during the interview and afterwards, is a clear-cut proof that the answer is "NO-CNN's ISRAEL-GAZA COVERAGE HAS NOT BEEN FAIR – AND THIS IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT"

    July 26, 2014 at 1:03 am | Reply
  64. John Barton

    Israel doesn't target civilians, any civilians. Hamas tries to make targets of its own civilians in order to try to gain sympathy from the media. There is no moral equivalence between Israel and Hamas. Israel is a nation trying defend itself from a bunch of murderous lunatics. Hamas and its many neighboring supporters are bunch of murderous lunatics.

    July 26, 2014 at 12:41 am | Reply
    • Christopher Hosfelt

      you keep grazing in that field of ignorance with the rest of the foolish sheep. Israel is a terrorist state period

      July 26, 2014 at 5:44 am | Reply
    • NoSlack2327

      Israel is guilty of war crimes. Armaments for which we American taxpayers pay are being used by the IDF (The "D" is quite questionable.) to kill and maim innocent civilians.

      July 26, 2014 at 10:10 am | Reply
    • Listenb4uspk

      Obviously you didn't listen to what Karl Penhaul said and how he ethically reminded Michael Oren of Geneva convention set of rules and protocols. Karl is one of extremely few journalists who reports the fact as they are without worrying about any lobby or network retaliation.

      I m even surprised that Erin was brave enough to question Israel' ambassador about the school bombing.
      Bottom line, this war needs to stop and both sides need to take this conflict away from the urban and civilians area and settle their grudges.

      July 26, 2014 at 12:45 pm | Reply
      • Richard

        Amazing you see it that way. As Karl denied so vehemently that anyone at CNN would use grisly images in a cynical way to bias viewers, the grisly images were actually streaming at that moment. So his credibility comes into question when is denial is contradicted at the same time as the denial is taking place.

        Is CNN avoiding the presentation of images that would be contrary to Hamas' goals? Karl seemed to claim otherwise. But Netanyahu was asked by a journalist not to show certain images, because that would endanger his life. Is CNN trying too hard to be nice to Hamas? When I started to watch the coverage on CNN, i actually could have concluded that there was only an Israeli genocide going on. I had to watch a lot more of CNN to find out that there might be a second side to the story. Erin BUrnett probably doesn't watch enough CNN.

        August 11, 2014 at 6:13 pm | Reply
    • David b.

      John, please stop lying. Israel is a tiny country with stolen nuclear weapons terrorizing its neighbors. It has killed 80% civilians in this war. With modern technology, there should be no room for this much error. I hope you see the light.

      July 26, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Reply
      • dan

        Stolen? From whom? Where? When? What are you talking about?

        Want to live in a place where your children have 60 seconds to run to the shelter, anytime day or night? If so, then move to Israel.

        July 28, 2014 at 4:48 pm | Reply
    • KenJ

      "Israel doesn't target civilians"...
      BBC: Gaza death toll over 1,000 – Israeli toll up to 42 (two civilians). About 5,870 Palestinians have also been wounded in the 19 days of fighting, health officials say.
      This is a really impressive example of Israel not targeting civilians and then "trying defend itself from a bunch of murderous lunatics". First lock them in a large prison called Gaza, then exterminate them when they get angry.
      APARTHEID.

      July 26, 2014 at 6:49 pm | Reply
      • dan

        It is the Hamas that is targeting the civilians which they control, not Israel.

        July 28, 2014 at 4:41 pm | Reply
      • Richard

        It seems that if you shoot at an enemy better armed then you are and from locations among your own citizens, that you are begging for trouble. If Israel targeted citizens, there would be hundreds of thousands in Gaza dead. Not 1000. Those deaths are at the hands of their own brethren. Hamas is not a peaceful organization that simply wants freedom. They themselves have said that they want to destroy Israel.

        August 3, 2014 at 3:30 am | Reply
      • Richard

        If, as you imply, Israel "targets" civilians, why aren't far more dead? Syria targets civilians and successfully killed several hundred times the number that have died in Gaza. Are you actually just upset because you don't like it when the "uppity" folks, like Israelis target civilians. Are you okay with the Syrian's killing their civilians in the hundred of thousands, but don't like it when the Israeli's do it? Don't you wonder why the Israelis are so unsuccessful at killing civilians if they are deliberately targeting them as you imply? Are they so effective at avoiding Hamas missiles, but so ineffectual at killing these civilians that you think they target? Is there some reason you hate Israel so much that you would so obviously exaggerate their intentions? In Israel, Muslim citizens actually live with peace and freedoms not enjoyed by most other Muslims in the middle east. Jews in the middle east do not survive in peace and with freedom, other than in Israel. So why do you seem to dislike Israel so much? Is there some anti-semitism hiding in that Israel critique perhaps?

        August 11, 2014 at 6:05 pm | Reply
  65. Lily Lister

    Erin engaged in a discussion about fair/unfair media coverage of the Gaza Israel conflict. She and the Israeli ambassador debated the effectiveness of showing graphic photos of injury and death – which according to the ambassador, only inflames the conflict and gives Hamas the public relations ammunition they seek to acquire. while Erin debated CNN"s motives, graphic photos continue to be flashed in the background of the interview… really?
    And only moments ago, the coverage once again resorts to graphic, disturbing images of wounded "victims" on operating tables in Gaza, once again reinforcing the claim that CNN and misguided journalists seek sensationalism to attract their listening audience. You defend your professionalism as journalists and as a credible media agency. Now walk the talk.

    July 26, 2014 at 12:18 am | Reply
  66. felix

    I agree with Israeli ambassador, you never show tunnels IDF found, never show tons of weapons IDF found
    You show wounded people 24/7 , I dont remember when Arabs blow Israelis before, CCN was never in emergency room together with wounded
    BTW, did you ask Question why no metal pieces found in UN school, like somebody clean the whole area
    please check IDF twitter for Facts
    Wolf needs to go to Gaza border to get more facts not just talk from Jerusalem

    July 25, 2014 at 11:07 pm | Reply

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