CNN Reporter Brands Group of Israelis as ‘Scum’

by Molly Wharton

A CNN correspondent called a group of Israeli civilians “scum” on Thursday, before quickly deleting the post from Twitter. CNN has reassigned her (to Moscow).

International correspondent Diana Magnay was reporting live from Gaza where rockets could be seen flying overhead. “I think you can probably see there are lots of Israelis gathered around who are cheering when they see these kinds of Israeli strikes,” she reported on air, calling the scene “macabre.”

Minutes after her report, she wrote the following on Twitter:

Magnay deleted her tweet within minutes, but not before over 200 Twitter users retweeted it. 

“She deeply regrets the language used, which was aimed directly at those who had been targeting our crew,” a CNN spokeswoman said in a statement to the Huffington Post. ”She certainly meant no offense to anyone beyond that group, and she and CNN apologize for any offense that may have been taken.”

CNN has since removed her from covering the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and assigned her to Moscow, according to the Daily Mail.

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