Headline RoundupJune 8th, 2024

Briahna Joy Gray Fired by The Hill After Tense Interview With Sister of Israeli Hostage

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Briahna Joy Gray (Left bias), co-host of the TV program, Rising by The Hill (Center bias), was let go by the network on Friday.

The Details: The firing came after an interview the program did with Yarden Gonen, whose sister Romi remains held hostage by Hamas. Near the segment’s end, Gray appeared to roll her eyes at Gonen when she told Gray she hoped she would “believe women when they say that they got hurt.”

For Context: Robby Soave (Lean Right bias) of Reason (Lean Right bias) is Rising’s other main co-host and remains with the program. Gray formerly worked at The Intercept (Left bias) and as a campaign spokesperson for Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) during his 2020 presidential run.

Key Quote: Gray claimed the decision was politically motivated, writing on X that The Hill “has a clear pattern of suppressing speech, particularly when it’s critical of the state of Israel.” As of Saturday afternoon, AllSides could not find an official statement from The Hill.

How The Media Covered It: Glenn Greenwald (Center bias) interviewed Gray on his show System Update after the firing and called criticism of Israel in American media “one of the most rigorously enforced taboos.” Israeli outlet Haaretz (Lean Left bias) described Gray as being “affiliated with America's radical left.” The Washington Times (Lean Right bias) said the firing happened after “a flood of online criticism.”

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