A Palestinian man confronted CNN anchor Sara Sidner in a tense incident on Friday that unfolded on live television.
Reporting from Ramallah, Sidner was explaining how Palestinians in the West Bank feel as Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza intensifies. That’s when a Palestinian man, with a great command of English, confronted her in a scene that unfolded live on the “CNN This Morning” broadcast.
“You are genocide supporters. You are not welcome here, genocide supporters,” the man said, interrupting Sidner’s report and sticking his finger in her face.
“F*** CNN! F*** CNN! F*** CNN!” the man screamed.
More Palestinians began surrounding Sidner and her crew when security guards escorted her out of the madness. Fortunately, she was OK.
“You see that people are very angry. They do not like the way in which CNN has been reporting the story,” Sidner explained as she walked to safety. “You hear that, but we’re fine. But what you are seeing is heightened fear, anger, and frustration with what’s happening.”
Watch the footage below:
CNN’s Sara Sidner is accosted by a person in the West Bank, who screams at her: “You are genocide supporters! You are not welcome here! Genocide supporters! Fuck CNN! Fuck CNN!” pic.twitter.com/GMyKVsMPlK— The Recount (@therecount) October 20, 2023
The intense confrontation came days after CNN uncritically disseminated Hamas propaganda.
On Tuesday, Hamas claimed Israel bombed al-Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza, killing at least 500 people. We now know that far fewer people died — tragically, between 100 to 300, according to U.S. estimates — and the hospital was not destroyed. A failed rocket launched by terrorists in Gaza fell on the hospital compound, striking a parking lot and courtyard where Palestinians were seeking refuge.
But as the story began to break worldwide, CNN reported on the incident with a chyron that declared, “Hamas: Hundreds Killed in Israeli Strike on Hospital in Gaza.”
Hundreds are likely dead after bombing of Gaza's Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital, which was sheltering thousands of displaced people, the Palestinian Health Ministry said https://t.co/NsrFUVMGSb pic.twitter.com/cBeyh95iCI— CNN (@CNN) October 17, 2023
CNN, like most other Western outlets, later updated its reporting to reflect the truth. But it was a telling moment that so many reporters and mainstream media outlets rushed to regurgitate what Hamas, a terrorist organization, had claimed.