CNN Botches Coverage of Terror Attack on Israeli Synagogue

• November 18, 2014 10:08 am


CNN flubbed its coverage of the terrorist attack on an Israeli synagogue Tuesday, using a chyron that read "Deadly Attack on Jerusalem Mosque" over video of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barakat speaking about the deadly attacks that left four Israelis (three of whom were Israeli-Americans) dead.

"The slaughter of innocent people while they're praying in a synagogue–there's no doubt in my mind, it's not even murderers, because animals don't even behave like this," Barakat said. "To get into a synagogue with a butcher knife and slaughter innocent people while they pray…"

Despite the fact that Barakat said "synagogue" multiple times, the sharp producers of the early-morning CNN broadcast made no effort to change the incorrect chyron.

Later, CNN featured another misleading chyron during its coverage of the attack–carried out by two Palestinians who were subsequently shot and killed by Israeli police–choosing to highlight the phrase "Police Shot, Killed Two Palestinians" and emblazon it across the screen as CNN Jerusalem correspondent Ben Wedeman gave an update on the attacks:

CNN's chyron echoes another misleading headline from the Associated Press on October 22, when the news service ran the headline "Israeli police shoot man in East Jerusalem" after that man killed a three-month-old Israeli child by ramming his car into a group of Israeli civilians in Jerusalem.

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