Dershowitz vows to 'make CNN pay' over Dee non-apology

Harvard professor says network knowingly creates a moral equivalence between terrorists, who murder people in cold blood, and innocent victims; Amanpour makes short on air apology

U.S. lawyer and professor Alan Dershowitz told i24NEWS on Tuesday that he was taking on the Dee family case and vowed to make CNN News pay, as Rabbi Leo Dee pursues a legal case against the news agency and its host Christiane Amanpour for her phrasing about the terror attack that took the lives of his wife and two daughters.
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Christiane Amanpour, Leo Dee
Christiane Amanpour, Leo Dee
Christiane Amanpour, Leo Dee
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The interview with Dershowitz came a day after Leo Dee spoke with i24NEWS about his efforts to obtain an apology from Amanpour, who referred to the April murders by a Palestinian terrorist of the rabbi's wife and daughters – Lucy, Maya, and Rina – as a "shootout."
"This is part of a pattern that CNN and Amanpour have engaged in over a decade or more," Dershowitz said, noting that he was taking on the case pro bono.
"Amanpour constantly creates a moral equivalence between terrorists, who murder people in cold blood, and innocent victims. This was not a slip of the tongue, not an honest mistake," he continued.
Dershowitz referred to findings by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America NGO, which he said "documented a long pattern by CNN and Amanpour of constantly citing against Israel and trying to create a moral equivalence between innocent victims of terrorism."
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לאה די ובנותיה שנרצחו בפיגוע
Lucy Dee and her daughters Rina and Mayawho were murdered in a terror attack last month
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"They are not mistakes, they are part of a deliberate pattern. There's no moral equivalence between people who shoot families in cold blood and people who suffer as a result of terrorism. So let's wait to see what Amanpour says, not in a scripted apology, but under my cross-examination."
On Monday evening, Amanpour made a short on-air statement of apology.
The CNN host had initially written Dee a private letter to apologize for her phrasing when she referred to the terror attack as a "shootout." Dee responded by saying that the apology was “not worth the paper it’s printed on,” and demanded not just a public apology, but most importantly “that they [CNN] change their attitude towards Israel.”
After a week of outcry, Amanpour made the on-air apology in less than 30 seconds, saying: “On April 10, I referred to the murders of an Israeli family: Lucy, Maia, and Rina Dee, the wife and daughters of Rabbi Leo Dee.”
“I misspoke and said they were killed in a ‘shootout’ instead of a shooting. I have written to Rabbi Leo Dee to apologize and make sure that he knows that we apologize for any further pain that may have caused him.”
First published: 19:53, 05.23.23
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