Christiane Amanpour, a CNN anchor, has expressed regret to Rabbi Leo Dee for calling the terrorist attack that claimed the lives of his wife and two daughters (HY”D) a “shoot-out.”
Amanpour apologized for the false report on television on Monday, saying she “misspoke.”
The announcement came one day after Rabbi Dee said he was considering suing CNN for $1.3 billion for the offensive and untrue remarks.
Rabbi Dee reportedly received an apology from Amanpour via email some days prior, but it wasn’t broadcast until Monday. Amanpour apologized live on the broadcast: “On April 10, I mentioned the murders of an Israeli family: Lucy, Maia, and Rina Dee, Rabbi Leo Dee’s wife and daughters.
I erred when I mentioned that they were slain in a “shootout” rather than shooting. I have written to him to express our regret and let Rabbi Leo Dee know that we are sorry for any additional suffering we may have given him.
Antisemitism: Is There No Solution? was the theme of a May 21 gathering at The Carlebach Shul in New York. After Amanpour privately apologized to him through email, Rabbi Dee claimed in a video conversation that he was considering filing a lawsuit.
Using the email conversation as evidence, Rabbi Dee said that he demanded that she publicly apologize in response to her apologies, but she never did. If Amanpour issues a public apology, he said, he will reevaluate the complaint, with the qualification that the network would also be required to portray Israel more impartially.
Following the original remarks, Rabbi Dee said: “This is the perfect example of ‘terror journalism,’ where you have moral equivalence between the terrorist and victim.” This was according to a tweet by ‘Honest Reporting.’
“This kind of journalism prolongs the Middle Eastern conflict,” he continued. A statement like this, followed by a terrorist attack and more of the same, represents the proper cycle of violence. I demand an apology right away.
Amanpour issued an apology in 2020 for remarks that compared the presidency of Donald Trump to the events of Kristallnacht.