In his criticism of MSNBC’s reporting on the intensifying crisis between Israel and Hamas, NewsNation host Dan Abrams has called out the network for “whataboutisms and false equivalencies.” Specifically criticizing MSNBC contributor Ayman Mohyeldin for what he considered to be “victim blaming,” Abrams voiced worries in a recent tirade over the network’s unwillingness to classify Hamas as terrorists.
The 57-year-old anchor of NewsNation and the creator of Mediaite criticized MSNBC’s coverage, focusing on Mohyeldin’s assertion that the strike by Hamas was the consequence of “failed policies” between Israel and the US. Sarcastically, Abrams retorted, “It’s Israel’s fault. It is the fault of the United States. policies that absolve, condone, or even make sense of the killing, sexual assault, and kidnapping of defenseless individuals.”
Abrams claimed that MSNBC set the tone for its coverage throughout the weekend, with several hosts asking, “Well, what about the Palestinians?” and appearing bent on highlighting the Palestinian position.
With a particular reference to broadcasters Mehdi Hasan and Ali Velshi, Abrams made it clear that “this is not a both-sides story, period.” He took issue with MSNBC for referring to “Hamas militants” or “the fighters” 441 times without calling them terrorists. This was described by Abrams as “shameful pandering to their far-left audience.”
Abrams Regarding a Right-Wing Answer:
Even while Abrams concentrated on MSNBC’s coverage, he wasn’t afraid to take aim at right-wing politicians and pundits for how they handled the incident. Regarding the assertion made by the former president Donald Trump that the incident “never would have happened” under his administration, he voiced doubt. Trump’s comments were deemed “counterproductive” by Abrams, who also rejected the idea that the prior president would have intimidated terrorists.
As part of a prisoner swap discussion, Abrams also addressed other Republicans and political pundits who were criticizing the Biden administration for unfreezing $6 billion in Iranian assets that had been frozen. He warned against leveraging the ruling for political advantage, even as he acknowledged that it was legitimate to discuss it.
The criticism of MSNBC’s coverage of the Israel-Hamas conflict by Dan Abrams clarifies the continuous arguments and conversations about how the media presents intricate geopolitical events. As the conflict continues, the role of the media in shaping public perception remains a topic of intense scrutiny.