‘Scum’ Tweet Causes CNN to Remove Journalist from Israel and Gaza

CNN removed Diana Magnay from Israel-Gaza after a now-deleted tweet.
CNN removed Diana Magnay from Israel-Gaza after a now-deleted tweet. –CNN, via BuzzFeed

CNN correspondent Diana Magnay was swiftly reassigned to Moscow from Israel-Palestine after her tweet referred to a group of Israelis cheering on Gaza-aimed missiles as “scum.’’ She deleted the post and hasn’t tweeted since.

On Thursday, a group of Israelis appeared in the background of Magnay’s segment, in which she spoke of the “astonishing, macabre and awful thing to watch this display of fire in the air.’’

She then took to Twitter after the video. “Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong’. Scum,’’ she tweeted. A CNN spokeswoman clarified that the “scum’’ was a reaction to this specific group of people, and not Israelis in general.


“After being threatened and harassed before and during a liveshot, Diana reacted angrily on Twitter,’’ a CNN spokeswoman told The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone on Friday morning. “She deeply regrets the language used, which was aimed directly at those who had been targeting our crew.’’

Still, the tweet was enough to get Magnay reassigned to Moscow, the spokeswoman told Calderone.

Magnay’s removal from Israel-Gaza comes a day after NBC News pulled experienced Middle East reporter Ayman Mohyeldin from the area for “security concerns,’’ according to The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald. Mohyeldin was one of several journalists on the scene when four Palestinian children were killed on a Gaza beach by Israeli missiles. Despite those reported concerns over journalist safety, he was replaced by NBC News’ chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel. NBC News’ refusal to answer questions on Mohyeldin’s removal has attracted criticism from his fellow journalists.

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