CNN Had To Move Quickly To Avoid A Public Relations Disaster With A Now-Ex Photo Editor

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Posted: Jul 26, 2019 6:00 AM
CNN Had To Move Quickly To Avoid A Public Relations Disaster With A Now-Ex Photo Editor

Source: AP Photo/Ric Feld

“This is CNN. The most trusted name is news,” as they say. Well, the network has taken many shots to the face thanks to their inaccurate reporting over the Trump-Russia collusion circus, which is now one of the biggest witch-hunts since Salem. There was no collusion. Yet, shoddy reporting has leached into other areas, like koi fish feeding in Japan. This was a simple photo op in the early days of the Trump administration—and the network botched it. The list is extensive, but the network had to recently move quickly to avoid a public relations disaster with one of their photo editors. It would seem this person was a vicious anti-Semite. Certain tweets were dredged up. They’re not pretty. More damage was halted when this editor submitted his resignation last night (via Washington Examiner):

Social media posts from years ago by a CNN photo editor and writer reveal that he called Jews "pigs" and praised their deaths.

In a 2011 tweet, Mohammed Elshamy, 25, wrote, "More than 4 jewish pigs killed in #Jerusalem today by the Palestinian bomb explode. #Israel #Gaza." Elshamy joined CNN in January 2019.

The tweet was an apparent reference to the March 23, 2011 bombing of a crowded Jerusalem bus stop that injured 39 people and killed two, not four. Among them was a 14-year-old girl who remained unconscious in the hospital for six years until her death in 2017.

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CNN told the Washington Examiner on Thursday evening that "the network has accepted the resignation of a photo editor, who joined CNN earlier this year, after anti-Semitic statements he’d made in 2011 came to light. CNN is committed to maintaining a workplace in which every employee feels safe, secure and free from discrimination regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or religion."

So, I take it that proper vetting was not applied here.