CBS, NBC Bash Netanyahu on Election Night; ‘Could Destroy’ Chances for Peace with Obama, Palestinians

by Curtis Houck
March 17, 2015

In their coverage of the election in Israel, the CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News took aim at incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday night by, among other things, framing him as the candidate with a campaign pledge that “could destroy any chance” of forging peace with the Obama administration and the Palestinians, respectively. NBC Nightly News interim anchor Lester Holt declared in the show’s first tease by fretting that “[t]he dramatic finish to a fight for power” has ended with “the last-minute threat that could destroy any chance of a peace plan.” Leading into a report by correspondent Andrea Mitchell from Tel Aviv, Holt ruled that the “high-stakes showdown” between Netanyahu and his rivals “has left years of American peace efforts in the Middle East teetering on the brink” after Netanyahu “shut the door on a two-state peace solution, rejecting an idea of a Palestinian state, long a key pillar of American diplomacy in the region.”…In one final note, none of the networks mentioned that former Obama campaign aide Jeremy Bird has been working for a liberal Israeli organization to try and defeat Netanyahu. READ MORE

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