MSNBC Airs Incorrect Map of Israeli-Palestinian Borders, Internet Explodes With Outrage
MSNBC anchor Kate Snow aired a segment last week sitting down with described “Middle East Expert” Martin Fletcher. While doing so, the network aired a long-discredited map showing the evolution of land ownership between Israel and Palestine, which argues for a hard-left pro-Palestinian slant.
Several news outlets and sharp viewers took to social media immediately to criticize MSNBC for airing the map, which indicates a narrative of Israel encroaching on land in what any reasonable viewer can (incorrectly) assume to be a country named Palestine with a city named Tel-Aviv. Although Israel first claimed its independence on May 14, 1948, the MSNBC map seems to identify it as a sovereign nation as early as 1947. “This is what it’s all about. It’s all about the land,” said Fletcher.
To his credit, Fletcher did take to Facebook to respond to allegations that the map was used to convey an incorrect assessment of the borders’ history. On Saturday he wrote, “I should have corrected the first map, which I didn’t see until I was on air. No excuses.”
However, as the segment was airing live, Fletcher did not seem to have any issue with the presentation of facts. When prompted to address the map by Snow, Fletcher simply said:
“I must say it’s pretty shocking when you present it this way. What it clearly shows is that if there’s no peace agreement between the Palestinians and Israel, more of those green areas, more of that Palestinian land will be eaten up by Jewish settlements.”
Many have taken to Twitter to slam MSNBC for the map in question:
Leftist news outlet MSNBC continues its anti-Israel propaganda war http://t.co/4n1w8FovBM
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) October 17, 2015
— The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) October 18, 2015
— Andreas Fagerbakke (@afagerbakke) October 17, 2015
[h/t The Blaze]
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