CNN labeled the House resolution condemning anti-Israel boycotts as “divisive” in its headline and on Twitter, despite the vote being 398 to 17.
The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to approve a resolution which opposes boycotting against Israel. Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Democrat Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan were two who opposed the resolution. Despite it passing decisively, with only 17 votes against the measure, CNN labeled the action as “divisive” and faced major pushback on social media.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 23, 2019
CNN reporters Ashley Killough and Clare Foran described the vote as having been “expected to pass with overwhelming bipartisan support.” Although the vote did pass overwhelmingly, which is not seen often, the news outlet has not changed its headline or issued a retraction.
Many took to social media to express confusion with the word “divisive.”
Ian Miles Cheong, managing editor of Human Rights, tweeted that CNN used the word “because those 17 are antisemites who call themselves progressives.” Youtube host of “The Factual Feminist” and author Christina Sommers also tweeted against using the word “divisive.” She wrote that “The vote was close to unanimous.”
Erick Erickson, a writer for Resurgent, used CNN as a “good example” of “clickbait” and “sensationalism.”
“Seriously, why do that?” Erickson tweeted.
For those who cover the media, clickbait, bias, sensationalism, etc. this is a good example. The vote was 398 to 17. It was definitionally not "divisive," but CNN reports it as divisive. Why? Seriously, why do that? cc: @brianstelter https://t.co/725JvgcvJu
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) July 24, 2019
CNN did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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