In a sane world, a terrorist organization that hides rockets in schools, hospitals, civilian homes and religious buildings would be condemned for its actions. In a sane world, moral outrage would swiftly flow in the direction of individuals who use innocent bystanders as shields. Unfortunately, there are a lot of confused people out there, which is why cable news viewers must suffer through hours of footage blaming Israel when children die during the course of war.
On Thursday, Ms. Burnett tried to scold Ron Dermer, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., over 16 people who died in a U.N. shelter in Gaza. Mr. Dermer decided it was time to call CNN out on its ignorance, and the result was a smack down of epic proportions:
Erin Burnett: Obviously what happened here is horrific and we don’t yet even know the scale of how many children may have died. Initial reports indicate that at least 16 are dead. And the initial reports was that the attack had come from Israeli tanks. As you know, the Israeli military said it may have come from Hamas and a rocket that misfired. Do you know at this point? Do you have any more certainty?
Ron Dermer: I don’t know, but I do know who who is responsible for it, and that’s Hamas because they’re using schools as weapons depots. And I think it would be a disservice to your viewers for a reporter from Gaza not to mention that in the last week we had two different U.N-run schools where we actually had rockets found in the schools and handed over to Hamas. I also think it’s a disservice —
Erin Burnett: These are two different U.N. schools, you’re saying?
Ron Dermer: That’s correct. It’s publicly available information. It’s kind of an important fact for your reporter to mention. And in addition to that, he may have wanted to mention a statement that was made by — not by the Israeli Ambassador, not by the spokesman of the IDF — but by the U.N. Secretary General yesterday. He said this: “The Secretary General is alarmed to hear that rockets were placed in a U.N.-run school in Gaza and that subsequently these have gone missing. He expresses his outrage and regret at the placing of weapons in a U.N. administered school. By doing so…” (Now listen Erin to exactly what he says) “…by doing so, those responsible are turning schools into military targets and endangering the lives of innocent children, U.N. employees working in such facilities, and anyone using the U.N. schools as shelter.” This is yesterday. Do you not think it’s relevant to report on CNN that the Secretary General of the United Nations — yesterday — warned against the use of U.N. schools and shelters for rocket missile details of Hamas?”
Erin Burnett: And ambassador, it is relevant. And let me ask you this…
Ron Dermer: Well, I’ve been listening. I’ve been listening to two hours of reports on CNN. I have seen split screens — horrible pictures — horrible pictures that any decent human being would be horrified by. I have not heard a single person say what I just said to you now. And I think that does a disservice to your viewers to not give them the context they need to make these judgments. Hamas is placing missile batteries in schools, in hospitals, in mosques, and there must be outrage by the world at Hamas to end this.
Ms. Burnett then went on to harangue Mr. Dermer about the need for Israel to take “time” and “confirm” that there are no children in schools before they are fired upon (as if Israel doesn’t already do its best — in war — to avoid civilian casualties). CNN, NBC, MSNBC and other news organizations bend over backwards to avoid mentioning that Hamas hides behind women and children, and then when women and children die the issue is framed as evidence of Israel’s moral bankruptcy.
The whole media charade gets even weirder when they take Israel to task for bulldozing homes without ever mentioning that Hamas digs tunnels underneath seemingly innocuous homes. Cable news viewers see a home being razed, but they don’t see the intricate tunnel systems under the home that were built with U.S. aid money meant for improving infrastructure.
If you want a glimpse into the Twilight Zone, keep watching CNN’s coverage of Israel’s military operations in Gaza. If you want a dose of reality, listen to men like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.