CNN executive Richard Davis reportedly asked a high school senior if she’s “brain dead” after the pro-Israel teen activist pressed him on why his news network is seemingly reluctant to use the phrase “terrorist attack” or “attack” in headlines.
The New Jersey high school student, Hayley Nagelberg, reportedly crossed paths with Davis at the United Synagogue Youth’s 64th annual international convention on Sunday.
In a post in the Times of Israel, the student claimed Davis, CNN EVP of news standards and practices, became argumentative when he was asked about CNN’s significant mistake in calling an Israeli synagogue a “mosque” following the deadly Har Nof terrorist attack carried out by two Palestinian men. Four People were killed, including three Americans.
Davis reportedly claimed there were some discussions taking place in the news room about a mosque in Damascus, ultimately leading to the error. He then reportedly asked, “Haven’t you ever written something you heard instead of what you meant to write?”
Here’s how the exchange evolved from there, according to Nagelberg:
I questioned him on the Har Nof headlines again. I first had to prove to him that I had in fact even seen the headlines I was questioning. When I managed to satisfy his questions, I wanted to know why CNN, when releasing the headlines at issue, couldn’t call it a terrorist attack. Davis explained that they would never jump to a conclusion that anything is a terrorist attack. “Okay”, I said, fully understanding the weight that the word “terrorist” carries. “But by the time it was known that it was four Israelis and two Palestinians, it was known that there were meat cleavers and stabbings involved. Why couldn’t you call it an ‘attack’?” I continued. His response? “You’ve got to be kidding me? One word? Are you brain dead?”
Nagelberg answered the demeaning question thoroughly in her Times of Israel post.
"Richard Davis – to answer your question, Yes, I am serious. Yes, it’s one word. It makes a difference. No, I am not brain dead. I am a seventeen-year old girl from New Jersey who is appalled by the biased media coverage of Israel here in America,” she wrote. “I am disgusted by the false headlines. I am pained by the ignorance of so many people, yourself included. And, most importantly, I am saddened and ashamed that there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.”
She continued: "I cannot sit back any longer and watch people like you continue to misreport the truth. In my fantasies, the answer to all of these questions is zero. The time for change is now, and if you are not prepared to be a part of the change, I ask you, ‘Are you serious?… Are you brain dead?’"
TheBlaze has reached out to CNN regarding the student's claims and we will update this story should we receive a response.