Along with praise of Christiane Amanpour‘s God’s Warriors, there has been growing criticism. And now a major Jewish organization is taking action.
The Forward newspaper reports that the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is citing factual errors and bias in the 6-hour documentary. The Conference, which represents more than 50 national groups, urges members to reach out to companies which advertised during the series, and asks CNN not to air repeats until inaccuracies can be corrected.
The general manager of one of CNN’s competitors has his own gripe with the series. MSNBC’s Dan Abrams called Warriors “shoddy” journalism.
A CNN spokesperson defended the program to TVNewser: “For the past eight months…Christiane Amanpour and producers traveled around the globe to report on God’s Warriors — and CNN is very proud of the quality and accuracy of that reporting. The programs were presented without bias and did not take an ideological position.”
Another MSNBC host, Joe Scarborough, felt Warriors engaged in moral equivalency, which, as WorldNetDaily’s Aaron Klein wrote, compared “Jewish and Christian ‘radicals’ to Muslim supporters of suicide terror”.
“CNN strongly disagrees with some criticism that there was a ‘moral equivalency’ between the three programs. In fact, specifically to avoid that, CNN covered each religion separately in its own program,” the CNN spokesperson says. “God’s Warriors was met with overwhelming acclaim from CNN viewers and reviewers alike.”
To prove their point, CNN sent along some reviews of the documentary including this one from the Denver Post‘s Joanne Ostrow: “The documentary is careful not to equate the three movements examined separately in three films, two hours on each consecutive night.”