CNN came under fire Wednesday for its social media reporting on the Palestinian terrorist shooting attack in Tel Aviv that left four Israelis dead and seven others wounded.

The breaking news update on CNN’s Twitter account presented the word “terrorists” in quote marks, angering dozens of followers, who wondered why the news outlet would qualify its report despite the clear nature of Wednesday’s incident. CNN tweeted, “Two ‘terrorists’ captured after Tel Aviv attack, Israeli police spokesman tweets.”

“Take the quote marks off terrorists when that is exactly what they are! It’s not a subjective noun or adjective; civilians murdered,” one Twitter user wrote.

“Did the ‘terrorist’ ‘murder’ four ‘innocent’ people? What ‘wonderful’ reporters you have,” another user posted.

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Erica Terry is Managing Editor at Jspace News. She has reported on domestic and international news, Israeli politics, features and more for Jewish publications in New York, Miami and London.
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