Glenn Greenwald: U.S. Media Coverage Of Israel-Gaza Conflict Gets An 'F'

08/04/2014 05:00 pm ET | Updated Aug 04, 2014

Glenn Greenwald lambasted the U.S. government's approach to the Gaza conflict in an article published Monday by The Intercept, but his criticism extends to America's media practices -- for which he gives U.S. journalists a failing grade.

"There's no question that the way that the American media covers this conflict is based on the principle that Israeli lives are just inherently more valuable than Palestinian lives," he told HuffPost Live's Marc Lamont Hill in an interview Monday. "It takes probably 50 Palestinians being killed to get anywhere near the attention of, say, an elderly Israeli woman being frightened in her home and having some kind of a medical problem because of the trauma."

According to Greenwald, almost as many Palestinians have been killed as Americans on 9/11, and the media has remained "essentially calm about it."

"I think there's a racist element to it. I think there's an ethnocentric element to [the media coverage]," he said. "There's definitely an anti-Muslim strain that runs throughout how this coverage is conducted."

Watch Glenn Greenwald's full HuffPost Live conversation here.

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