Appearing on CNN Tonight, TruthRevolt Editor-In Chief Ben Shapiro castigated the network for its anti-Israel bias through the entirety of the Hamas-Israel conflict.
Prompted to discuss Israel’s standing in the court of public opinion, Shapiro opened by explaining how CNN’s slanted coverage helped create anti-Israel sentiment in its audience:
“There's no question. Hamas is a terrorist group and people going in understood Hamas to be a terrorist group. Israel, thanks to outlets like CNN, has been turned into the villain in this particular scenario and a moral equivalency has been drawn,” he contested. “If Hamas could have come up with any sort of outlet that would have created a will to kill more Jewish babies and Palestinian babies, CNN would be it. CNN is a key factor in drawing the same sort of equivalency.”
Shocked, anchor Alisyn Camerota challenged Shapiro’s claim: “Hold on a second. I want to stop you. You're saying that because CNN has interviewed Palestinian families and shown Palestinian children that have been wounded or killed, that somehow CNN is saying that Hamas is okay?” she asked. “I don't think those two are equivalent. We're not allowed to show the civilians caught in the crossfire?”
Shapiro responded, “Of course you are. You should mention all restrictions that Hamas puts on your reporting in the Gaza Strip. You should mention the context with regard to Hamas putting children in harm's way. You should also routinely mention that Hamas calls for the end of the State of Israel and the murder of Jews across the world.”
Camerota fought back against Shapiro’s assertion, though a teaser for CNN Tonight shown minutes before the show went to air confirmed Shapiro’s claim that CNN creates a false moral equivalence. The teaser flashed dead Palestinian children and questioned if Israel even wanted peace:
Anti-Israel novelist Rula Jebreal, author of Miral, then chimed in with a series of ad hominem attacks, including charging Shapiro with advocating for the transfer of Arabs. (In a 2013 column, Shapiro clearly renounced such an idea.)
After Jebreal finished her diatribe against Israel, Shapiro continued picking apart coverage of the conflict: “This I think is sort of the point with regard to showing both sides. When you're showing two sides as equivalent, and your idea of balance is to show Israel's side and then Hamas' side and then claim that balance has been achieved, well, that's the sort of media coverage that would have led to the West losing World War II.”
Camerota charged that Shapiro was “the one who is actually equating Hamas and Palestinian civilians,” to which Shapiro responded, "The hell I am!" That sparked a heated back and forth with the anchor claiming that Shapiro holds that “when the media shows civilians being killed, they're somehow propping up Hamas.”
Shapiro answered, “That's not what I said. I did not say that at all. I said feel free to show civilians being killed. What I suggested was that you provide all the context for those civilians being killed. As far as the other woman on with me, I’m not familiar with her name. As far as her personal insults, I'm not going to get into the quality of movies that are made based on her books. I think we can all stay away from that."