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.
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.