Published on Jul 22, 2014
Rula Jebreal said on MSNBC yesterday that the network (as well as the rest of the media) is betraying a pro-Israel bias in its coverage of the Gaza conflict, and tweeted hours later all her future TV appearances were pulled. Fortunately, Chris Hayes brought her on his show tonight for a fierce debate over the media’s “responsibility” in how to cover the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
Hayes suggested that certain media outlets, MSNBC included, have been doing a much better job of being fair, even if she’s right about imbalanced coverage. But Jebreal argued it’s not good enough, because the media is still “creating a disservice” by taking a largely pro-Israel side and ignoring the Palestinians living “under siege.”
She said the media is supporting a “destructive” Israeli policy and gives way too much airtime to Israeli officials as opposed to Palestinian ones. Hayes shot back that firstly, it’s been hard for the networks to book Hamas officials in the first place, and secondly, airtime may not be as good a metric to judge with as toughness of the interviews themselves.
Jebreal maintained that they’re not “being interviewed in the same way” and the media’s abdicating its responsibility by essentially taking a side.
By Luisa Gandolfo, University of Aberdeen
When Operation Protective Edge commenced on July 8, Israel pledged to draw on lessons learned from previous conflicts to ensure that this operation would not near the duration of the 2008-2009 Gaza War. But it’s been three weeks and one day since the conflict began, bringing it in line withOperation Cast Lead.
The infrastructural damage of the previous war has yet to be repaired – and now it has been set back further, following the destruction of Gaza’s sole power plant. Serving 1.8m people, the plant was struck during a seven-hour bombardment in which 128 Palestinians died, bringing the number of fatalities to more than 1,200 Palestinians and 53 Israeli soldiers.
As Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, warned of “a long conflict ahead”, residents of the Gaza Strip now confront severe water restrictions as the loss of the station paralyses the region’s water pumps and electricity will be unavailable for months to come.