Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz went after MSNBC and others in the media for their lopsided coverage of the Israel-Palestinian conflict during a private breakfast earlier this month.
According to the Florida-based Shark Tank blog, which obtained audio from the event, the Florida Democratic congresswoman didn’t pull any punches during the event with the Jewish Federation of Miami. She said she’d caught an MSNBC segment that morning about the situation in Gaza where “clearly they were highlighting what Israel had done to Gaza and the plight to Palestinians.”
“My first thought was, where is the balance?” Wasserman Schultz said on the recording. “Where is the spotlight on what Jewish children in Israel go through, from being victims of rocket attacks in Sderot and southern Israel and the constant needing to flee into a bomb shelter?”
But Wasserman Schultz, a frequent MSNBC guest, said it’s not just MSNBC.
“The media’s coverage, and it’s not just MSNBC, I’ve seen it on CNN and even the broadcast media as well,” she said. “We have work to do. We have work to do to educate and to make sure that people understand that there’s a very simple solution to this: It’s called recognize Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state. Let’s make sure that we can adopt a two-state solution where you have a Palestinian state and a state of Israel living side by side in peace, and let’s make sure that we have in communities all around the world the adults not raising their children and teaching their children to hate us, to hate Israel and to hate Jews simply because of who we are.”
The Jan. 16 gathering happened just days after the deadly Paris attacks. Wasserman Schultz, speaking about the increasing levels of anti-Semitism around the world, referred flatly to “Islamic fundamentalists” fighting in the “global war on terror” — notable because of the Obama administration’s reluctance sometimes to use those words.
“Unfortunately what happens, particularly with the global war on terror and the Islamic fundamentalists that are combating and leading it, we [Jews] are the crux of the reason that they are engaged in that fight,” she said.
Hear the recording: