NBC: Guy Who Said Israeli Soldiers ‘Are All Terrorists’ Is Not An NBC Journalist

November 20, 2014 11:16 am

The Twitter feed of user @AhmedAElsisi is filled with both criticism of the United States and Israel, and messages of support for Hamas and the Islamic State.

He often tweets things like this:

And this:

And this:

This is all pretty unremarkable, of course. Twitter is filled with fringe figures who say fringe things. And most of those things, like the tweets above, go largely unnoticed.

But @AhmedAElsisi (or Freedom Fighter, as he identifies himself) managed to climb from obscurity this week when he said members of the Israeli army were “all terrorists”:

That tweet, of course, looks a lot like his other tweets. But it drew attention for something else that appears on his profile. In the space reserved for his biography, @AhmedAElsisi describes himself as a “Journalist working for NBC.”

It certainly would be notable if an NBC employee indicted the Israeli army as “terrorists.”

But a spokesperson for the network told TPM on Wednesday that @AhmedAElsisi “does not and has not worked with NBC News in any capacity.”

Not everyone on Twitter bought the user’s claim. Facing skepticism, @AhmedAElsisi said he was “a freelance journalist” and that NBC purchased his footage “at $700/min,” but he declined to provide any links to his work.

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