US NEWS & WORLD REPORT
vs. MSNBC Over Israel
July 13, 2002
© 2002 USNews.com
MSNBC execs, dropping Alan Keyes is Making Sense from the primetime
schedule was a no-brainer: Fox and CNN were killing Keyes in
the 10-11 p.m. slot. But when they replaced him with Ashleigh
Banfield, no O'Reilly or Donahue herself, his Jewish supporters
began to mutter that TV's No. 1 pro-Israel host was being axed
for his views. That beef is going national now that he has refused
to take another slot and is essentially fired.
can't talk, choked by a contractual gag order. But his backers
aren't, and they're mad. Rabbi Moshe Ben-Chaim accuses MSNBC
of going anti-Israel in its latest hirings and firings. Ben-Chaim's
Mesora.org has collected more than 72,000 names on protest petitions.
MSNBC President Erik Sorenson took those concerns so seriously
he penned a note saying Keyes's removal was based strictly on
bad ratings. Much ado about nothing? Not to Israeli Prime Minister
Ariel Sharon. We learn he is showing support by blocking out
an hour for an interview with Keyes, be it on MSNBC or not.