On his Sunday show on CNN, as Fareed Zakaria presided over a segment discussing the week's news on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, only the left and the far left were included as liberal New York Times columnist Tom Friedman slammed President Donald Trump's Israel policy as "diplomatic pornography," and Palestinian activist Hanan Ashrawi claimed that all of Jerusalem is "occupied" and tried to downplay the culpability of Hamas in the violent Gaza protests and attacks on the Israeli border fence.
In the past week, several networks have repeated questionable claims that an eight-month-old Palestinian baby was killed by Israeli tear gas in the Gaza Strip. And MSNBC's Ayman Mohyeldin even went so far as to twice repeat a discredited story that a paraplegic in a wheel chair was killed by Israeli snipers without noting that the IDF already disputed the story in March.
On Wednesday's New Day, CNN was doing its part to push anti-Israel spin as co-host Chris Cuomo not only called the killing of Palestinian Arab agitators by the Israeli Defense Forces an "atrocity," but correspondent Ben Wedeman pushed the view that the IDF did not act with "restraint."
On Tuesday's New Day, CNN political analyst David Gregory again showed himself to be one of the very few journalists in the liberal media who will actually make an effort to inform viewers of Palestinian intransigence and hostility toward the existence of a Jewish state in the Middle East. As he substitute hosted the show and interviewed former PLO official Diana Buttu about the violent protests in Gaza, Gregory repeatedly brought up Hamas's desire to take over Israel rather than co-exist.
In online news, there's "clickbait," a sensational headline which doesn't reflect the underlying story. The New York Daily News took that concept into the front page of its Tuesday print edition. Its headline — "DADDY'S LITTLE GHOUL" — included a photo of Ivanka Trump. The underlying article mentioned her only once in passing. We should call this "printbait."
On Sunday's MSNBC Live, as host Ayman Mohyeldin interviewed David Keyes -- spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- at one point, the MSNBC host ridiculously claimed that Iran "has not fired a single bullet" at Israel and that it "hasn't violated your sovereignty" as he asked why Israel has taken military action against the Iranian military in Syria.
MSNBC personalities seem to think that protests can feature participants throwing bombs and rocks and still be "peaceful" at the same time. On Monday's Velshi and Ruhle show, MSNBC hosts Ali Velshi and Stephanie Ruhle opened their show noting that several acts of violence had been perpetrated. But, just two minutes later, they complained about Jared Kushner accusing protesters of "provoking violence" as the MSNBC hosts seemed to think the riots had been "peaceful."
Appearing as a guest on MSNBC Live on Saturday morning, MSNBC contributor and Daily Beast world news editor Christopher Dickey blamed the recent exchange of fire between Israel and Iran on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu believing that he has been given a "license to kill" by Trump pulling out of the Iran deal. Not mentioned was that it was the Iranian military that fired first from Syria and provoked the Israeli counterattack.
In a Friday story about former CNN and NBC journalist Campbell Brown, who is now Facebook's "head of new partnerships," New York Times reporter Nellie Bowles claimed that one of the social-media giant's premium services has "been flooded with far-right conspiracy programming." The "conspiracy" example Bowles cited: "Palestinians Pay $400 million Pensions For Terrorist Families." That claim is widely known to be true. The Times issued a grudging and incomplete correction.
On Sunday afternoon's MSNBC Live, host Ayman Mohyeldin devoted a nine-minute segment to the violence on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel as he fretted that both the American news media and the Trump administration are too soft on Israel.
On Friday afternoon, MSNBC Live host Ali Velshi provided a forum to former PLO advisor Diana Buttu to push anti-Israel propaganda as she accused the Jewish state of engaging in "ethnic cleansing" against Palestinian Arabs whom she portrayed as simply engaging in peaceful protest since last week. It was not mentioned that the terrorist group Hamas has been using the protesters at the Gaza Strip border as cover to try to attack Israel.
On Wednesday's All In show, MSNBC host Chris Hayes used video allegedly showing Palestinians being fired on by Israeli troops while praying to bolster his commentary in which he complained that President Donald Trump did not confront Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the military actions. Unlike FNC or PBS, Hayes did not mention that the video has been disputed by the IDF as staged footage -- similar to the hoax videos for which Palestinian film makers are known for producing, sometimes referred to as "Pallywood."