CNN Comes Under Unprecedented Attack
Nathan Guttman | Wed. Sep 05, 2007
Washington – A CNN documentary about religious extremists has prompted an unprecedented outcry from the organized Jewish community, including a call to advertisers to pressure the network.
The three-episode special, “God’s Warriors,” by CNN’s chief international correspondent, Christiane Amanpour, is being characterized by Jewish groups as equating Jewish extremists in West Bank settlements with Muslim jihadists. The program is also accused of containing numerous factual errors.
The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, which represents more than 50 national Jewish organizations, convened a special discussion with its members following the airing of the program last month, and has urged them to take up the issue with companies that have bought advertising slots during the show.
In the past, there have been widespread complaints about the media’s treatment of Israel, but this appears to be the first time that so many organizations have come together in opposition to a single media outlet.
“This was not an average show,” said Jennifer Laszlo-Mizrahi, founder of The Israel Project. “CNN bought full-page ads promoting the show and ran it on prime time. The perspective the show left the viewers with is that Israel doesn’t want peace and that Israel’s friends in the United States don’t want peace.” The Israel Project, a group focused on providing information to the press and the public about Israel, broke a five-year tradition of not reacting to media reports on Israel and put out a press release about the Amanpour show, detailing Israel’s efforts to promote peace in the region.
“The program definitely has a great damage potential because of the people who watch CNN,” Laszlo-Mizrahi added, pointing to the fact that foreign officials and decision makers tend to view CNN as an important news source.
I watched most of the CNN series, “God’s Warriors” and while I thought it was only a brief introduction at best and that it failed to make some distinctions I found it to be a very important and very timely journalistic work. I was quite pleased that the Judaic hand in the “Christian Zionist” movement was exposed and that “Christian Zionism” wasn’t conflated with traditional Christianity. It also presented very real and largely unreported Judaic terrorists and their terrorist acts before a large audience most of whom are unlikely to have known of these things.
On the whole I found “God’s Warriors” to be imperfect but a definite move towards the type of journalism that we should expect from anyone who presumes to call him/herself a journalist, timely and relevant, particularly now given the impending Zionist assault on Iran. Viewers received a brief glimpse inside the minds of the promoters of messianic Zionist warmongering insanity.
It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Judaic power organizations are bringing their full weight down on CNN for airing this documentary. I hope that people will take the time to contact CNN and voice their support for this type of journalism and hopes that they will build on this program offering more continually improving, relevant, courageous journalism of this nature in the future. Don’t allow Judaic groups to impose their tyrannical minority view on our airwaves. If you allow their voice to be heard over yours that is what you should expect.
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