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CNN Tweet Reporter Explains: Only Calling Sderot Israelis Scum

CNN reporter reassigned following tweet referring to Sderot Israelis as "scum." But her excuse (and CNN's) is ironic.
CNN's Diana Magnay reassigned after calling Sderot residents "scum."

CNN's Diana Magnay reassigned after calling Sderot residents "scum."
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Yesterday The Jewish Press reported that CNN international correspondent Diana Magnay who was reporting from Israel, near the Gaza border had referred to a group of Israelis in Sderot as “scum.” As noted in that story, Magnay deleted the tweet, but not until many others had already retweeted (and some favorited) it.

This was the tweet that led to Magnay’s reassignment which was announced today:

CNN's Diana Magnay deleted this tweet after sending it. Too late.

CNN’s Diana Magnay deleted this tweet after sending it. Too late.

Today, Friday, July 20, it was revealed that CNN has re-assigned Magnay to Moscow, following an uproar over her “scum” tweet.

“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.”

What seems to have escaped the notice of both CNN and Magnay is that the defense used to at least partially justify Magnay’s imprudent tweet simply underscores how tone deaf both the station and the reporter are in this situation.

They seem to think that it was only problematic if Magnay was referring to all Israelis as scum. They were quick to point out that actually, she only meant the Israelis who were near her and whom she found annoying were scum.

Imagine this: CNN and its reporter, Magnay, are justifying her loss of temper by pointing to the annoying behavior of people (who live there) standing near to where Magnay was reporting. And yet she was reporting from Sderot, on the Gaza border, where the people she was referring to as “scum” have been living under constant rocket attacks for nine years. Indeed, over the past few weeks, the people acting less than hospitably towards Magnay have experienced up to hundreds of rockets and or rocket alarms each day.

The fact that Magnay lost her cool in a live combat situation reveals a lack of professionalism. The fact that she and her employer felt she was justified in losing her cool at the Sderot residents for annoying her, yet was criticizing them for acting inappropriately under pressure, makes it even worse.

What next? How about a nice desk position editing stories about local fashion shows?

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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180 Responses to “CNN Tweet Reporter Explains: Only Calling Sderot Israelis Scum”

  1. ugly person here!!

  2. Esther Lerch says:

    Oh, so only the Sderot people are scummy as far is she is concerned! No bias at all! Nothing to see here, move along. LOL

    Now, if she had been standing in Gaza City (without getting assaulted) and called the nearby residents “scum,” would that be a problem?

  3. Mordechai Motti Luzia says:

    Revoking her visa will be justified too CNN Considered Israel as apartheid state so act like one kick her ASS out Straight to Gaza

  4. Knate Stahl says:

    And CNN News isn’t anti-Semitic? What more proof does one need?

  5. You are a reporter, who granted you permission to judge anyone or anything???? You were not justified to say hurtful, mean ,thoughtless, rude things about anyone, or people will think of you as being all of those things.

  6. Knate Stahl says:

    Had she referred to any Palestinians as scum, there would be world demonstrations, there would be violence, she would lose her job and the UN would issue a proclamation of discrimination against her and CNN.

    But call Israelis (Jews) scum? Oh, yeah, that’s okay.

  7. She should be fired!!!

  8. David Cohen says:

    Assign her to Mogidishu.

  9. Cnn is promoting worldwide violence through there reportage owned by a satanists

  10. Nathan Katz says:

    fair and balanced

  11. very ugly… in heart & mind!

  12. Emil Pieski says:

    Yea, those Jews don’t want to just sit around and get murdered. Go figure.

  13. She looked in the mirror and saw scum.

  14. CNN SCUM WHAT A SCUM NEWS REPORT COVERAGE ALWAYS ONE SIDE

  15. Masume Tan says:

    Fired that btch

  16. (read my whole post here…) I emailed CNN and thanked them for her comment, because since she is their representative I now know they have switched to tabloid journalism, apparently support Israel’s enemies (she agreed with their opinions, so she must support them) and that they are no longer participating in unbiased journalism, and I appreciate knowing what news companies to ignore.

  17. Lori Lowenthal Marcus… Please read through this petition for CNN rot permanently remove Ms. Magnay from CNN… This is a petition that i have started we now have 71 supporters… i don’t feel that Her excuse and CNN’s apology are good enough. #CNN #RemoveJournalist #DianaMagnay #AntiSemitic

  18. She could ALWAYS try reporting from the OTHER side!! At least in Israel she has the right to her “SCUM” opinions! Let’s see how that would FLY amongst HAMAS! NO REALLY, LET”S SEE!!

  19. Don Hogue says:

    CNN, fire her now! Just sent CNN an email saying as much. If you feel the same way simply Google CNN and at the bottom of the page hit ‘contact us’.

  20. Maybe she should have to live in Sderot for a year minimum and experience the daily rockets before she makes such stupid judgments.

  21. She must have had a very poor upbringing….words like “scum” get used a lot in third class neighborhoods

  22. Send her to Tahrir Square.

  23. And she’s allowed to stay? Why?

  24. R.d. Morgan says:

    CNN is horribly biased….She and Wolf Blitzer are both “Scum.”…

  25. Jim Little says:

    Look BITCH ,you are the scrum! You.should be fired,and rest assured that you will be held accountable for the trash conning out of you filthy mouth.Even looking at your pic disgust me!

  26. Gregg Stern says:

    She should be fired

  27. Judy Richka says:

    And she should be a virgin standing next to Allah oops she is not a virgin

  28. The poor thing; probably looking for attention!!!!!!

  29. Boot her out of Israel

  30. Ita Benjamin says:

    Now, if she had been reporting from Gaza, and the locals there had cheered the missiles falling on Sderot and threatened her, you can bet she’d have been silent about the whole episode.

  31. Mehdi Akalai says:

    She is right you know. Israël is scum #1

  32. Fire the bit-h. End of story. If they don’t do so, hopefully their viewers will bail out and watch another news network.

  33. she needs to be fired NOW!

  34. I PRAY FOR HER TO KNOW THE ONE TRUE GOD!

  35. Then I guess should someone consider her scum, they can call her that, too? I’m sure there’s a lot of people out there that just might!

  36. Kim Gevaert says:

    Why nobody shows the real clip so The world can see they are cheering on the rockets onto Israel are being intercepted

  37. ZionOps says:

    and that makes it okay?people from sderot and all border towns and city’s are terrorised for years…and the last weeks they did live in hell…so yes they ARE happy idf is bringing it to an end…yes they are happy finnaly the idf returns fire…those people suffered all kind off losses….did you asked them?no you did not….and after all what happened you are not honnest either. i saw life what happened…it is time for cnn to leave israel….

  38. Boycott CNN, the Neo-Nazi TV station!

  39. I watch a lot of news. Every news outlet has their faults and bad reports and reporters. When a correspondent does something like this it makes it easier to realize the bias in their reporting which is also more common than anyone might admit. Then it hurts the organization they represent. Their reporting becomes suspect and can ruin them. This is why such reporters need to be dismissed. Not only that but it is not at all impossible that a reporter could be hurt or killed. There are some places (very close by) where the crowd could have killed her, but she was in Israel and not hurt. She needs to wrap her little mind around that.

  40. She is the scumbag. ,and btw CNN anti semetic bastards, please remember who started this mess. HAMAS did. Tell the world the truth or join up with just as bad NYT. You belong together.

  41. The numbskull has been given the Yalla Bye & sent packing to CNN Moscow! They should send her over to the Russian/Ukrainian border so she can really feel the heat!

  42. The numbskull has been given the Yalla Bye & sent packing to CNN Moscow! They should send her over to the Russian/Ukrainian border so she can really feel the heat!

  43. Had she done that she would not have emerged alive…they would’ve tarred & feathered her!

  44. Ed Kaplan says:

    She live in Germany just sayin

  45. Ed Kaplan says:

    She live in Germany just sayin

  46. She’ll find out when she’s in front of Jesus

  47. She’ll find out when she’s in front of Jesus

  48. Michelle Rod says:

    Says she looking at herself in the mirror when twittering

  49. Michelle Rod says:

    Says she looking at herself in the mirror when twittering

  50. Bob Phillips says:

    They ALWAYS try to “cover up” their fowl play! EVERY CRIMINAL does!

  51. Bob Phillips says:

    They ALWAYS try to “cover up” their fowl play! EVERY CRIMINAL does!

  52. She was looking in the mirror and saw herself when she saw scum.

  53. She was looking in the mirror and saw herself when she saw scum.

  54. Gal Tamir says:

    If she could only get a brain, the poor bitch!

  55. Sandy Reggie says:

    that woman should be fired or resign.

  56. Sandy Reggie says:

    that woman should be fired or resign.

  57. If they don’t fire her then Jews should boycott CNN

  58. If they don’t fire her then Jews should boycott CNN

  59. How much intel does she have? Let’s not condemn the ignorant.

  60. How much intel does she have? Let’s not condemn the ignorant.

  61. Mirva Mäki says:

    yes she is scum…how she dare hutzpa…

  62. Mirva Mäki says:

    yes she is scum…how she dare hutzpa…

  63. Ira Abramson says:

    Fire her. She is not objective

  64. Ira Abramson says:

    Fire her. She is not objective

  65. Did she call Palestine Murdering Useless A H’s?? Israelis are the best people in the world. They are lead by MY LORD. God Bless Israel. SHE SHOULD BE FIRED IMMEDIATLY.

  66. Did she call Palestine Murdering Useless A H’s?? Israelis are the best people in the world. They are lead by MY LORD. God Bless Israel. SHE SHOULD BE FIRED IMMEDIATLY.

  67. Actually, if she had called muslims “scum”, then she would have risked becoming shorter by a head

  68. Actually, if she had called muslims “scum”, then she would have risked becoming shorter by a head

  69. Thank you Ary for your support!!

  70. Thank you Ary for your support!!

  71. Why don’t we file a petition to CNN to fire this tactless reporter! She’s an ignominious staff of CNN

  72. Yeah, well i’m pretty justified in calling this “thing” a scumbag.

  73. You have no right to call any Jews scum… you are a piece of ****..

  74. You have no right to call any Jews scum… you are a piece of ****..

  75. excuse me you need tobe censored

  76. excuse me you need tobe censored

  77. this woman should lose her job

  78. June Reich says:

    Nothing like fair objective media with no prejudice. I’d fire her ass.

  79. June Reich says:

    Nothing like fair objective media with no prejudice. I’d fire her ass.

  80. Norman Press says:

    Is she still employed????

  81. Norman Press says:

    Is she still employed????

  82. Judith Ross says:

    If CBS buys CNN, I sure hope they are selective when hiring new, replacement reporters!

  83. JoAnn Morris says:

    She is not a journalist…opinions not professional. CNN is one sided.

  84. She can go to Azah otherwise known as Hell!

  85. Can I call her scum back?

  86. Fire her for lack of professionalism.

  87. And by scum she means what exactly?? And what does she call the Arab terrorists who put bombs in hospitals and churches and schools??

  88. Alexo Smsm says:

    cnn is pro arabs all the world now that

  89. CNN.com bottom of the page has Contact Us. Go down to the Specific section…I used “Politics” as the subject. I got an automatically generated acknowledgment of receipt within a couple of mins.

  90. CNN needs to fire Diane Magnay. There is absolutely no excuse for a reporter on the mass media to be allowed such hate speech, which is what it is. CNN supposedly repots the news in a non biased manner. Clearly, she is anti-Israel

  91. and she is anti-semitic. There is no other reason for calling Israeli’s scum. Her words are dispicable and no network should countenance a reporter who spews venom and libels people unfairly.

  92. Solidarity with Israel Rally in Montreal Canada on Monday 21st July at 7.00pm https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bs2UbDuCEAI98SP.jpg

  93. Disgusting ignorant person! CNN! Get rid of her? But i supose she only says what CNN realy thinks? Shame on you! Am Israel Chai! G-d bless Israel!

  94. What lady when Islam comes here it will demand you become Muslim, refuse and you will pay in pain and or money.

  95. Lisa Herzog says:

    Shut up bitch!! No one believes you…go visit Gaza and please get hit by a rocket, bullet or whatever!

  96. She is the shot of the scum

  97. She is the shot of the scum

  98. She is the shot of the scum

  99. God’s Word says ” I will bless whom bless thee ( Israel) and I will curse ,whom curse thee. She will get her reward for she has done

  100. Gina Abraham says:

    There is a petition online

  101. You can lead a person to knowledge, but you can’t make them think.

  102. You can lead a person to knowledge, but you can’t make them think.

  103. She is scum. She needs to be fired

  104. Nope you can’t call people scum when you are trying to show impartiality while reporting a conflict. Just doesn’t work. But Siberia is a good place to relocate I think.

  105. Marcy Pollak says:

    When is she going to be fired?

  106. Dani Katz says:

    What’s the bid deal, she was only expressing what many CNN reporters believe exceptt this one let it slip in public. If you look at the CNN reporting any objective person can see how one sided and biased are the reports, the focus is always on the death, injuries and destruction in Gaza with minimal mention of what Israelis have been going through for well over a decade due to missile/rocket attacks from Gaza and Sinai.

    In a report yesterday CNN talked about the need for psychological help for the children of Gaza but not once in the report was a similar word said about Israeli children who have had to deal with many nights of running to shelters when the Red Alert alarm has gone off in the middle of the night over the years and Israeli children have had to run to shelters.

  107. And what the hell is she !!! The planet would be better off w/mouths shut and doing something, anything to help his fellow man. It appears only a handful of souls are privy to such a notion.

  108. Bill Thomas says:

    That’s her story and she’s sticking to it. Dumb as she may be

  109. Bill Thomas says:

    To be fair, CNN did remove her

  110. Helen Moyle says:

    I think her next assignments are going to be in Russia.

  111. People cheering on the bombing of civilian neighborhoods are scum

  112. People cheering on the bombing of civilian neighborhoods are scum

  113. The problem is being created by Israel stealing land that doesnt belong to them.

  114. People cheering on the bombing of civilian neighborhoods are scum

  115. SENT HER TO GAZA AND LET THE HAMAS USE HER AS A HUMAN SHIELD

  116. Scott Soffen says:

    I believe I am justified calling her a dumb *******.

  117. Oren Meldung says:

    let her home get bombed and see what her response is… typical.

  118. How about she gets her *$$ fired like journalists who have said lesser wrong things.

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  120. Les Buss says:

    This reporter nd her employer are the real scum! I wld boot her out nd not recognize this terrorist loving news station

  121. This is not only unacceptable but should not be tolerable behavior from someone in the Media Industry who is in the Public eye .

  122. Thanks! I’m gonna find it!

  123. Aron Safran says:

    That’s OK, we’re calling CNN biased liars and have been for many years. She just proved us right. Again.
    Now, can we throw her ass out permanently? Or maybe have her cover the situation from her friends side over in Gaza. Good bye and good riddance to this female canine!

  124. She is trail or park trash.

  125. Excuse me Mohd Ashraff, you don’t know what are you talking about? One thing I’m gonna tell you, mark my word! The whole lands of Israel given by God to the 12 tribes of Israel through Moses will be retrieved by the Israelis very soon because that’s God’s promise to Abraham. God said, “heavens & earth shall pass away but my word shall not pass away & it shall come to pass! What God said to Moses & what Moses did, it came to pass 3000 years ago. Remember, you, Muslims have no part in this land, Israel! Even soil in a pot from this land, you have no share. I tell you, the whole world will be taken aback when that time, God Himself will take those lands, took by the Arabs back to the sole owners of the lands, Israelis! Historical facts will tell you not political issues that Israelis are the sole owners of Israel. Thank you!

  126. Will never watch CNN again!

  127. Will never watch CNN again!

  128. she is a stupid idiot bitch pig.

  129. she is a stupid idiot bitch pig.

  130. she is retarted .

  131. she is retarted .

  132. she is the real scum

  133. Archaeology alone disproves your conclusion Shams, Israel has been Jewish for thousand of years.

  134. Jewish self-hatred at its worst!

  135. Jan Blijdorp says:

    Just remember. If you point 1 finger to another 4 are pointing at you

  136. Jan Blijdorp says:

    Stay and Shams. They came from right where they are right now. The” Palestinians” created that name for themselves in 1964 after they were kicked out of Jordan
    Their leaders are Egyptian. So what are you talking about get your history straight

  137. …what she said represents her entire network…

  138. ban CNN from Israel and put her in a bus to gaza

  139. Kathy Lee says:

    What do you expect from CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, and the rest of the news networks who hate Israel….:-(

  140. Kathy Lee says:

    What do you expect from CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, and the rest of the news networks who hate Israel….:-(

  141. No she wasn’t. I’m justified in calling her a stupid racist who should have been fired.

  142. It is ridiculous how many people do not know what they are talking about! This includes tpw who is spewing uneducated, hateful, anti-Semitic comments. Go back to school and get a real education or ask for your money back.
    Learn where the term palestinian originated from and who it was actually given to. I’ll give you some clues…ottoman empire and jews. The arabs in the land did NOT start using the term palestinian for themselves until around 40 years ago. Jews have been living on that land and surrounding arab nations for THOUSANDS of years!

  143. It is ridiculous how many people do not know what they are talking about! This includes tpw who is spewing uneducated, hateful, anti-Semitic comments. Go back to school and get a real education or ask for your money back.
    Learn where the term palestinian originated from and who it was actually given to. I’ll give you some clues…ottoman empire and jews. The arabs in the land did NOT start using the term palestinian for themselves until around 40 years ago. Jews have been living on that land and surrounding arab nations for THOUSANDS of years!

  144. Don Hogue says:

    Racist comments are unacceptable whoever they are pointed at. Even Arabs.

  145. Thomas Riley says:

    “a lack of professionalism”, yes.

  146. David Elliot says:

    She is one of 72 Osama’s (virgin) ..

  147. She’s an idiot posing as a uninformed journalist.

  148. Sam Bromley says:

    Hamas has sent over 1,200 rockets with the intent of murdering children by the 1,000s. They are just poor shots. Israel protects itself with precision firing of missles at those firing these rockets making sure they hit their target and not kill civilians! FACT! The only problem is, these Hamas cowards strap children onto their backs and place their rockets in the homes of children for the exact purpose for liberals to blame Israel for killing babies! FACT! Israel is saving children by wiping Hamas off the face of the earth!!!!!!!!!!!

  149. It is time to get rid of this woman

  150. Ilan Haran says:

    …and she gets into the muck even deeper!

  151. Ilan Haran says:

    …and she gets into the muck even deeper!

  152. Ilan Haran says:

    Why has she still got a job????

  153. Ilan Haran says:

    Why has she still got a job????

  154. I am only calling her a douche bag

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