The tweet caused a great stir, especially among those familiar with both Fadlallah career and statements – he approved Palestinian “martyrdom operations” targeting civilians, denied the Holocaust, and may well have masterminded the attack on the US barracks in 1983 – and Nasr’s widespread knowledge of the issues.
This prompted a rapid apology/explanation from Nasr: I didn’t approve of his hatred of the US and Israel and approval of terrorism, but he was good on women. (Wouldn’t that be considered dual loyalty? Sure he’s a hateful guy when it comes to the US and other democracies, but hey, he was okay on the subject of my gender.)
Not surprisingly, perhaps, this is not a slip in terms of Nasr’s sympathies. Her coverage at CNN is shot through with support for Arab anti-Zionism, a support which she translated into (scarcely) impartial language.
Here she is, discussing the social networking about the flotilla. Her approval of the “Pro-Palestinian side” is obvious not only in her comments, but her smile and tone.
Note her posting of Didi Remez’s tweet at 4:03. Note also that she admits that the IDF has posted footage (clearly indicating that their soldiers had been attacked), but rather than explain that to her listeners, she prefers to feature “prominent” Israeli journalists and to repeat the claim that “nothing can justify” these deaths.
Here she is during operation Cast Lead, explaining the anger of the Arab world.
She clearly sides with the street crowds (aroused by their own media’s gruesome images) against both Israel and the Arab leaders for their inaction. She’s cleaned up their message by paraphrasing it as “Help Gaza, do something.”
It’s too bad it took CNN so long – Nasr worked for them for twenty years – to realize that they were basically giving a platform to someone who approved of the most violent anti-Israel sentiment in the Muslim world and sympathetically reported it to CNN’s audience.