UPDATE: IDF says air strike that hit near Gaza hospital not Israeli; NBC News journalist witnessing the bombing said it was Israeli drone.
— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) July 28, 2014
This morning Israeli forces bombed Al Shifa hospital in Gaza. As reports began to circulate via twitter, several tweets referenced the above tweet from NBC News.
The same account was included on the NBC website report as of 11:04 AM Central time:
The report reads:
The Israel Defense Forces told Haaretz that a “preliminary investigation has found that Israeli army did not fire at the Shifa Hospital, and the fire is believed to have been Hamaz.” The IDF could not immediately be reached to clarify that account on Monday. However, a NBC News journalist witnessed the attack on the hospital and said it had been fired by an Israeli drone.
Israel has been criticized for several strikes which hit hospitals in the Gaza Strip during its recent offensive.
Only about 20 minutes later, NBC had changed its story to delete the mention of the NBC journalist’s report and insert:
Early reports from the ground had said an Israeli drone appeared responsible for the attack.
The story has been changed now once again to include both an IDF statement and a Hamas statement but no mention of their own reporter’s witness though they do mention their presence on the scene:
The explosion near Shifa Hospital around 5 p.m. local time (10 a.m. ET) caused some damage to the outpatient clinic, according to witnesses including an NBC News crew on the ground in the area.
No mentions are made in the story or on the site that the report has been changed or updated. The report is now credited to Ayman Mohyeldin, Paul Ziad Nassar and Alexander Smith with contributions from Hasani Gittens and Reuters. Note that Ayman Mohyeldin is the reporter NBC has removed from Gaza for being a bit too truthful and just recently reinstated.
So what’s the real story NBC?