There have been a number of horrible takes regarding the atrocities that played out in Israel over the weekend, including former Vice President Mike Pence seemingly blaming Trump and other Republicans for the Hamas terror assault and a group of Harvard students claiming that Israel was at fault for being attacked.
Left-wing cable news channel MSNBC, of course, could be counted on to come up with some truly awful narratives—remember, they brought us Rachel Maddow and regularly let Joy Reid and the Rev. Al Sharpton spew divisive nonsense on air—but one thing you might not have expected was to see a guest call them out on it.
Anti-Defamation League director Jonathan Greenblatt got right to the point on Monday when he was live on air with Jonathan Lemire on the show "Morning Joe":
While I am sad and trying to cope, I’ll be honest: I am angry. I am angry with the world that allowed the dehumanization of Israelis and sanitized the terrorism of Hamas. I must say I love this show, and I love this network, but I’ve got to ask, who’s writing the scripts?
WOW!! Jonathan Greenblatt of ADL (@JGreenblattADL) takes down MSNBC's deep anti-Israel bias live on MSNBC.— Sia Kordestani (@SiaKordestani) October 9, 2023
He says what @mehdirhasan @AymanM @AliVelshi don't want you to hear: Barbarians gleefully committed rape and executions, and the American left needs to stop sanitizing it! pic.twitter.com/HfouhunuCq
This probably didn't sit well with some MSNBC analysts, some of whom have been trying to bring "nuance" into their coverage of this barbarity. However, there isn't that much nuance to be found: terrorists savagely raped, murdered, and tortured over 1,000 unsuspecting innocent people just going about their lives. Where exactly can you find nuance in that?
These guys tried, though:
On Saturday, MSNBC’s Ali Velshi accused politicians speaking out against the atrocities committed against Israeli citizens of lacking “nuance.” The host, who previously worked for Qatari state-owned media outlet Al-Jazeera, also praised the government of Qatar for its statement that held “Israel alone responsible” for the attacks.
MSNBC host Ayman Mohyeldin, who also covered the news over the weekend, in one segment blamed the carnage on “failed policies” of the U.S., Israel and the surrounding region.
Greenblatt continued, and he was powerful and blunt—and not interested in nuance at this juncture. This is long but right on the money in my view:
Hamas, the people who did this, they are not fighters, Jonathan. They are not militants. And I’m looking right at the camera: They are terrorists.
It is a barbarian who rapes and brutalizes women, who kills children in front of their parents and then brings them over to Gaza, who literally we’ve heard all these reports and we know these aren’t just reports. These were filmed gleefully by the barbarians who committed these grotesque crimes. They filmed, for example, an elderly woman in her home in one of these towns. They burned her alive in her house because she was too infirm to take out and, you know, parading women, bleeding from the crotch because they were raped throughout Gaza while people hoot and holler and cheer.
So, look, you know, when we say, ‘oh, this was an escalation, it was bound to happen.’ I am sorry. This was a massacre that was pre-planned. This was not destined to happen. It is not normal to shoot teenagers in the back, hundreds of them.
So I just think, like, guys get this story right and all these pictures of like, you know, missiles or the rubble in Gaza, please talk to the Israeli mothers and fathers who lost their children. Talk to the grandchildren whose grandparents were seized as hostages. And please stop calling this a retaliation. This is a defensive measure against an organization that is committed to one thing, killing Jews, not a peaceful resolution of a conflict, but murdering Jews.
And if you’re wondering if I’m exaggerating, please, I beg of you, everyone watching and everyone at this network just watch the footage.
The one thing that confuses me is why Greenblatt said, "I must say I love this show, and I love this network." How can you have any faith whatsoever in MSNBC, given what you just exposed?
Despite that, Greenblatt's statement was eloquent and needed to be said. I hope we see more guests in the future on the propaganda machines that are CNN and MSNBC refusing to let the far-left hosts set the narrative.
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This piece was edited post-publication for clarity.)
(EDITOR'S NOTE #2: Greenblatt's quote has been interpreted differently by various news outlets. Many think he said, "Who's writing your scripts, Hamas? The people who did this, they are not fighters, Jonathan." Others, however, hear, "Who's writing your scripts? Hamas... the people who did this, they are not fighters, Jonathan.")
We will leave it up to the readers to decide.