Showing little empathy for a city that has seen hundreds of rocket attacks in the last few days, a CNN reporter stood atop a hill in Israel and called residents beside her "scum."
She didn't call the rocket launchers scum; she didn't call the terrorists who had infiltrated Israel in order to murder Jews, "scum" - no, she saved this for a bunch of people who saw their nation finally fighting back.
She claimed that the people where cheering the bombing of Gaza...I saw the clip, I didn't see cheering, though clearly, they were not sorry to finally see Israel on the move to stop 15 years or more of rocket fire.
From the distance, what these people could see, were flares of light bursting up and then going out - that these flares represent rockets was less the point than the feeling that Israel was finally acting on their behalf. Was it right for them to sit up there and watch? Probably not.
Do you think that they were hoping those rockets would strike innocent women and children? That I can assure you was not their wish. What they wanted was for Israel to silence the rockets, blow apart the tunnels, and yes, kill those who have been attempting for days and weeks and months and years to murder them. Isn't that a normal reaction?
To want to see someone who repeatedly attacks you to finally answer for what they've done? Normal for anyone else, according to CNN. For Israelis, that makes us scum.
Diane Magnay quickly deleted her tweet. I guess she realized that calling people scum isn't very professional. I still hope CNN removes her from Israel. I have always believed the phrase "in anger, truth will out."
Clearly, this Magnay woman wasn't pleased that her props were misbehaving. But one might like to remind her that she was standing on OUR land, not hers. That hilltop belongs more to the people of Sderot and if anyone has a right to cheer the end of rocket fire for Sderot, it was those people.
Was it Israel's finest moment? Probably not - but it doesn't come close to the Palestinians cheering 9/11, the murder of the Fogel family, the murder of our three teenage boys...and on and on. I;m not sure if there was scum on that hill last night, but if there was, I can assure you, it wasn't the Israelis.
Update: Though CNN did not fire the reporter, they did immediately reassign her to the Ukraine. It is my sincere hope that she flew a Malaysian jet to get there. (with apologies to the people of Malaysia)