Israeli Ambassador Slams CNN for ‘Disservice to Your Viewers’ in Israel–Gaza Coverage

by Andrew Johnson

The Israeli ambassador to the United States accused CNN of omitting important details in its coverage of a shelled United Nations shelter in Gaza resulting in the death of 15 Palestinian civilians.

Ambassador Ron Dermer challenged host Erin Burnett about why CNN did “not think that it’s relevant” to note that U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki Moon warned that Hamas is using schools and shelters as “weapon depots.”

“I’ve been listening to two hours of reports on CNN. . . . I have not heard a single person say what I just said to you now,” Dermer said. “I think that does a disservice to your viewers to not give them the context they need to make these judgments.”

Dermer said he did not know whether Israel or Hamas had hit the shelter, but he said the media were at fault ”for not connecting the dots” in holding Hamas ultimately responsible for putting civilians at risk with its tactics.

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