PBS ombudsman Michael Getler criticized PBS Newshour host Gwen Ifill’s controversial Iran deal tweet saying “Take that Bibi,” in an apparent dig at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Getler wrote in his column that Ifill’s tweet was a “self-inflicted wound” and unbecoming of a journalist. After her tweet “quickly produced a lot of angry emails in the ombudsman’s inbox,” he wrote Ifill asking for an explanation.
Getler added that he wasn’t buying Ifill’s excuse that she was just summarizing Obama’s views. “One would have to lean way over backwards to give her the benefit of the doubt that she was simply shedding light on the administration’s view of portions of Netanyahu’s arguments.”
“But to personalize it by saying, ‘Take that, Bibi’ is, in my book, inexcusable for an experienced journalist who is the co-anchor of a nightly news program watched by millions of people over the course of any week,” he concluded.
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