CNN is facing backlash on social media after publishing a hit piece attempting to cast doubt on footage released by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) of a cache of weapons discovered inside Al-Shifa hospital in Gaza.
🚨BREAKING: IDF publishes VIDEO FOOTAGE of AL SHIFA HOSPITAL after RAID. pic.twitter.com/lgjtWnakm1
— I Meme Therefore I Am 🇺🇸 (@ImMeme0) November 15, 2023
The far-left network claimed that Israel may have strategically “placed” the weapons at the scene for news crews to photograph after raiding the Hamas-controlled hospital.
According to CNN, Fox News correspondent Trey Yingst was “shown a bag located behind an MRI machine inside the hospital with two AK-47 guns visible on top of it. However, the IDF video filmed earlier shows only one AK-47 gun. It is unclear where the second AK-47 gun came from and why it is not visible in the earlier IDF clip.”
“It is possible the weaponry was removed from the scene and replaced prior to the news crews arriving,” the article continued. “However this does not explain why more guns are visible when the press arrive than in the original IDF video.”
Responding to CNN, the IDF pointed out that more weapons had been shown in the follow-up news coverage because “more weaponry and terrorist assets were discovered throughout the day.”
“Suggestions that the IDF is manipulating the media are incorrect,” the IDF statement continued. “We are acting with full transparency whilst maintaining the safety of our troops and operational readiness.”
The Federalist senior editor David Harsanri explained the situation concisely in a post on social media mocking CNN — where he showed a photograph of a police display from a drug bust, sarcastically joking about law enforcement rearranging the drugs to display for the media.
“CNN analysis: Feds might have rearranged coke,” he wrote in the post on X, formerly known as Twitter.
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) November 18, 2023
Political commentator Stephen L. Miller also responded to CNN’s hit piece, suggesting that their reporters should enter the buildings before the IDF if they are so concerned about the accuracy of the IDF’s footage.
“Fair enough. From here on out, CNN reporters go in first,” Miller wrote.
Fair enough. From here on out, CNN reporters go in first. https://t.co/0DV0HTxXEK
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) November 18, 2023
“No way? They arranged the Hamas weapons found at the hospital (linger on that for a moment) so the media could see and photograph the cache as easily as possible. That’s now being treated as ~suspicious~” Fox News contributor Guy Benson replied.
No way? They arranged the Hamas weapons found at the hospital (linger on that for a moment) so the media could see and photograph the cache as easily as possible. That’s now being treated as ~suspicious~ https://t.co/4CPSDFcnUk
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) November 18, 2023