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The three network newscasts seemed to be doing their best to stir the public up into a full-blown panic Wednesday evening as they were feverishly slamming President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. They were clutching their pearls as they freaked out about how Trump was “reversing nearly 70 years of U.S. policy.” But they failed in their duty to report how in 1995 Congress passed a law requiring the U.S. to move the embassy there.
As CBS Evening News came on the air, anchor Jeff Glore sounded out of breath when he hastily announced that the State Department wanted diplomats to limit their travel to the holy city. “The department is concerned about any possible violent reaction to President Trump's announcement today that the United States now recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel for the first time since the Jewish state was founded nearly 70 years ago,” he reported.
“President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel rejects the policy of previous presidents and the recommendations of his secretaries of state and defense,” CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett would go on to complain. CBS was the only network to begin with the embassy move instead of the wildfires in California, a hint at what they thought was the graver concern.
The reporters on ABC’s World News Tonight came off as acting the most distraught. “And the other major news tonight, President Trump reversing nearly seven decades of U.S. Policy. Now recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital,” declared anchor David Muir, echoing Glore.