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Greenwald writes: "Ayman Mohyeldin, the NBC News correspondent who personally witnessed yesterday’s killing by Israel of four Palestinian boys on a Gazan beach and who has received widespread praise for his brave and innovative coverage of the conflict, has been told by NBC executives to leave Gaza immediately."

Ayman Mohyeldin reported from Gaza City on the killing of four Palestinian boys by Israel. (photo: NBC News)
Ayman Mohyeldin reported from Gaza City on the killing of four Palestinian boys by Israel. (photo: NBC News)


NBC News Pulls Veteran Reporter From Gaza After Witnessing Israeli Attack on Children

By Glenn Greenwald, The Intercept

20 July 14

 

yman Mohyeldin, the NBC News correspondent who personally witnessed yesterday’s killing by Israel of four Palestinian boys on a Gazan beach and who has received widespread praise for his brave and innovative coverage of the conflict, has been told by NBC executives to leave Gaza immediately. According to an NBC source upset at his treatment, the executives claimed the decision was motivated by “security concerns” as Israel prepares a ground invasion, a claim repeated to me by an NBC executive. But late yesterday, NBC sent another correspondent, Richard Engel, along with an American producer who has never been to Gaza and speaks no Arabic, into Gaza to cover the ongoing Israeli assault (both Mohyeldin and Engel speak Arabic).

Mohyeldin is an Egyptian-American with extensive experience reporting on that region. He has covered dozens of major Middle East events in the last decade for CNN, NBC and Al Jazeera English, where his reporting on the 2008 Israeli assault on Gaza made him a star of the network. NBC aggressively pursued him to leave Al Jazeera, paying him far more than the standard salary for its on-air correspondents.

Yesterday, Mohyeldin witnessed and then reported on the brutal killing by Israeli gunboats of four young boys as they played soccer on a beach in Gaza City. He was instrumental, both in social media and on the air, in conveying to the world the visceral horror of the attack.

Mohyeldin recounted how, moments before their death, he was kicking a soccer ball with the four boys, who were between the ages of 9 and 11 and all from the same family. He posted numerous chilling details on his Twitter and Instagram accounts, including the victims’ names and ages, photographs he took of their anguished parents, and video of one of their mothers as she learned about the death of her young son. He interviewed one of the wounded boys at the hospital shortly before being operated on. He then appeared on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes, where he dramatically recounted what he saw.

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Despite this powerful first-hand reporting – or perhaps because of it – Mohyeldin was nowhere to be seen on last night’s NBC Nightly News broadcast with Brian Williams. Instead, as Media Bistro’s Jordan Chariton noted, NBC curiously had Richard Engel – who was in Tel Aviv, and had just arrived there an hour or so earlier – “report” on the attack. Charlton wrote that “the decision to have Engel report the story for ‘Nightly’ instead of Mohyeldin angered some NBC News staffers.”

Indeed, numerous NBC employees, including some of the network’s highest-profile stars, were at first confused and then indignant over the use of Engel rather than Mohyeldin to report the story. But what they did not know, and what has not been reported until now, is that Mohyeldin was removed completely from reporting on Gaza by a top NBC executive, David Verdi, who ordered Mohyeldin to leave Gaza immediately.

Over the last two weeks, Mohyeldin’s reporting has been far more balanced and even-handed than the standard pro-Israel coverage that dominates establishment American press coverage; his reports have provided context to the conflict that is missing from most American reports and he avoids adopting Israeli government talking points as truth. As a result, neocon and “pro-Israel” websites have repeatedly attacked him as a “Hamas spokesman” and spouting “pro-Hamas rants.

Last week, as he passed over the border from Israel, he said while reporting that “you can understand why some human rights organizations call Gaza ‘the world’s largest outdoor prison,’”; he added: “One of the major complaints and frustrations among many people is that this is a form of collective punishment. You have 1.7 million people in this territory, now being bombarded, with really no way out.”

Gazans may have no way out of Gaza, but at this point, Mohyeldin seems to have no way back in. After several requests, NBC executives have not yet provided any on-the-record statements; they will be added if provided.

Andrew Fishman contributed reporting to this story.

The New York Times’ television reporter just reported on Twitter that NBC has “reversed its decision” and is now sending Mohyeldin back to Gaza as soon as possible:

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NBC’s statement states: “As with any news team in conflict zones, deployments are constantly reassessed. We’ve carefully considered our deployment decisions and we will be sending Mohyeldin back to Gaza over the weekend.” About that, CNN’s media reporter Brian Stelter tweeted: “My read of NBC’s statement: an about-face that comes close to saying ‘we made a mistake.’” Much more about this on @CNNReliable on Sunday.)” Meanwhile, Mohyeldin himself tweeted the following:

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+13 # Curatica 2014-07-20 14:51
Of course that a Jewish reporter is much more desirable in the Zio-controlled American media!
 
 
+17 # Nel 2014-07-21 05:09
"Jewish" reporter is too generic. There are good Jews and there are bad Jews. Likewise for non-Jews.
 
 
+20 # Kwelinyingi 2014-07-20 15:04
Here is the final solution and by none other than the Deputy Speaker of the Knesset. What most of us had known all along is now public knowledge. Call it what you will, but the genocide is well under way now. No excuses are now sought. See section on "Sovereignty".

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/15326#.U8wtFPldWSo
 
 
+30 # RMDC 2014-07-20 19:33
Kwelingyingi -- thanks for the link. this guy's views are purely genocidal. The US did this same thing in Fallujah. It gave people who lived there a few weeks to leave but it would not allow any males of fighting age -- between 12 and 60 -- to leave. Most women would not leave their husbands and sons, so the US just massacred them all.

The neo-cons who run the US and Israel dream of this sort of encircling their enemies and then exterminating them all the time. this is how they imagine winning. It is interesting that this psychopath Moshe Feiglin also has a vision of Palestinians living as slaves in a Jewish land.

This is really horrific. Too bad the news media does not broadcast this asshole's speech so that people can see the Israeli right wing for what it is.
 
 
+25 # Kwelinyingi 2014-07-20 20:30
Spot on # RMDC. The longstanding Israeli atrocities had one sole purpose: exterminate the Palestinian entity, piecemeal and with the collusion of the West led by our own country, so that they can realize their dream of a racially "pure" nation. In fact I am no longer sure of who runs who anymore --- The neocons running Israel or vice versa. There is little doubt it is more like the latter. The strategy includes a near total monopoly of disinformation on a global scale. After all was it not Israel that provided the NSA with the snooping software and drone technology to complete global control? It is easy to understand why the likes of Snowden, Assange et al., are regarded as public enemies numero uno. And not only here in the US, but in all Western countries. Keep the public disinformed so our criminal governments can enjoy impunity in their unspeakable crimes in countries of their picking.
 
 
+22 # indian weaver 2014-07-20 16:30
Let's not forget Richard Engel was the military's paid stooge in reporting censored, deceitful, non-information when stationed in Iraq - too. He's the go-to motor mouth when you need politically correct "reporting", or whatever you want to call Richard's so-called "reporting" and his very real deceptions.
 
 
+18 # Archie1954 2014-07-20 23:41
Not just NBC but all of the American MSM is completely untrustworthy. They are no longer believed by their audiences and in fact those audiences are diminishing rapidly because of these kind of decisions. The US government and the Israeli government have plenty of paid for shills to air their propaganda. Why does the MSM have to do it? Why can't they just present the news as it really happens? I look to the Net now for all my news and will never go back to mainstream lies.
 
 
+4 # indian weaver 2014-07-21 05:49
I believe millions of We the People prefer honest news, no matter how horrible and much of it is horrible anymore, to the deceptive "newscasts" of the corporate propaganda. I stopped watching all network news about 4 years ago, along with many of my friends. Now those who are aware of the corporate lies depend on internet for our information, like you, like this source and several others (al Jazeera, Truthout, Manchester Guardian, R/T etc.).
 
 
+13 # Old4Poor 2014-07-20 23:56
If I had been in a position to pull Ayman I would have done so as I was so concerned for his well being. Jon Stewart made the point by showing how Ayman was dessed in protective gear to report from Gaza as opposed to the reporter in Israel, in casual attire.

I gave up worrying about Richard Engel a long time ago.

My real concern, of course, is for the children of Gaza.
 
 
+8 # Pancho 2014-07-21 00:35
NBC motto, when reporting on the Likud government slaughter:

"See no evil,"


"Hear no evil,"

"Speak no evil."
 
 
+14 # hwmcadoo 2014-07-21 03:37
This is main stream media, no, I mean main stream propaganda at work or why i use the net only for news.

Our main stream propaganda networks, CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, CNN etc. are trying to destroy the free net by destroying neutrality by their control of the malleable Obama FCC,

The news then will will be controlled by these same companies and control of the news will be complete except for shortwave radios like they used in Nazi germany and in the USSR behind closed curtains to catch bits of news.
 
 
+6 # Saberoff 2014-07-21 10:14
Many posts here reaffirming the imperative to keep the Internet neutral, itself causing a stir in the news (what news?) lately.

The Internet wholly represents all that's left of any semblance of truthful journalism in the United States of America (save for a few independent listener/reader supported sources).

We must keep the Internet neutral!

We need to pound the Federal Communications Commission (and its macabre joker chairman, Tom Wheeler) demanding our right to a free press, freedom of speech, and an open Internet.

Screw NBC!
 
 
+2 # Hypatia 2014-07-21 11:51
Something odd here . . . the reporter is pulled out of Gaza by NBC, but I saw a report by him, from Gaza, today on MSNBC.
 
 
+1 # Radscal 2014-07-21 13:52
Thank you Glenn (once again).

I think MSNBC just ran a ticker saying they were bringing Mohyeldin back to Gaza. If so, you succeeded in shaming NBC into putting one of the only truth-telling corporate journalists back where he can do real journalism.
 
 
+2 # fredboy 2014-07-21 19:00
No surprise there. I don't recall NBC sharing the names and faces of the Iranian civilians killed when the US gunboat shot down a civilian airliner "accidentally" during the Iran-Iraq war. They were just "Iranians."

When the news media loses its heart the surgery is complete. And the nation is hollow.
 
 
0 # SundownLF 2014-07-23 23:47
The heart isn't lost; it's residing in Dick Cheney!
 
 
0 # fredboy 2014-07-21 19:00
No surprise there. I don't recall NBC sharing the names and faces of the Iranian civilians killed when the US gunboat shot down a civilian airliner "accidentally" during the Iran-Iraq war. They were just "Iranians."

When the news media loses its heart the surgery is complete. And the nation is hollow.
 
 
0 # fredboy 2014-07-21 19:00
No surprise there. I don't recall NBC sharing the names and faces of the Iranian civilians killed when the US gunboat shot down a civilian airliner "accidentally" during the Iran-Iraq war. They were just "Iranians."

When the news media loses its heart the surgery is complete. And the nation is hollow.
 
 
0 # fredboy 2014-07-21 19:00
No surprise there. I don't recall NBC sharing the names and faces of the Iranian civilians killed when the US gunboat shot down a civilian airliner "accidentally" during the Iran-Iraq war. They were just "Iranians."

When the news media loses its heart the surgery is complete. And the nation is hollow.
 

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