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CNN's Diana Magnay reassigned after calling Sderot residents "scum."

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.
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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?

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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the JewishPress.com. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com

180 COMMENTS

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. (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.

  4. 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

  5. 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….

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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  9. 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!

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    Their leaders are Egyptian. So what are you talking about get your history straight

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    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!

  14. 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!!!!!!!!!!!

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