Rula Jebreal Rails Against MSNBC For Labeling Her ‘Palestinian Journalist’ (VIDEO)

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Rula Jebreal former MSNBC Contributor

 

I have to wonder about the corporate bosses MSNBC.  If nothing else labeling her anything which might lead to a negative connotation, was simply inappropriate for a news organization.

TPM LiveWire

Jebreal said that there’s no reason to label her by her ethnicity, especially when she’s been counted on in the past to weigh in on issues across the Middle East as a journalist and expert.

“Is this how we label people? I think whoever is doing this PR campaign for MSNBC needs to rethink these issues,” she said.

She then suggested that MSNBC labeled her that way to make her seem “emotional.”

“Did I become Palestinian because this way you can describe me as emotional and as biased, and this way can avoid debate as to who is really biased on this issues?” she asked.

Jebreal was not forced out of her contract with MSNBC, but chose to pursue other opportunities.

“If I wanted to stay, I would have stayed,” she told TPM on Wednesday.

She also criticized MSNBC for calling her a Palestinian journalist on Wednesday, even though she calls herself a “Palestinian Journalist” on one part of her website.

Watch the interview via CNN here…

5 comments

  1. So she’s basically upset that MSNBC referred to her the same way as she referred to herself at least once. And since when “Palestinian journalist” has a negative connotation?

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    1. Unfortunately, the term “Palestinian” has been used far too many times to discredit people. Even more unfortunate is the fact that far too many times, it actually works.

      She may have identified herself as a Palestinian journalist on her own website, but she probably did that as a means of self identifying. MSNBC, however, did it in an attempt to discredit her because she called them out on their grossly biased pro-Israel coverage of the current atrocity going on in Gaza.

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  2. This entire incident was a travesty. It makes MSNBC, a channel that I personally like as a source of information, look very much like they were bought off.

    Personally, it makes me lose a lot of respect I had for MSNBC and it gives me cause to possibly distrust them in the future. I’m very disappointed in the stupid way they handled this entire situation.

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