CNN Corrects: Hundreds of US Lawmakers’ Oppose ICC Probe of Israel

CAMERA’s Israel office yesterday prompted a correction after CNN significantly underreported the number of bipartisan U.S. lawmakers who signed letters to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo expressing their opposition to a potential International Criminal Court investigation of Israel.

The June 11 article, “Trump authorizes sanctions against International Criminal Court officials,” had erred:

In mid-May, dozens of bipartisan lawmakers from the House and Senate wrote to Pompeo in opposition of the international court’s potential probe into Israel. (Emphasis added.)

In fact, hundreds – not dozens – of lawmakers signed onto those letters. Sixty-nine members of the Senate (43 Republicans and 26 Democrats) signed on, as did 262 members of the House, in their separate letter. In total, 331 lawmakers wrote to Pompeo to express their opposition to a proposed ICC investigation of Israel.
In response to communication from CAMERA, CNN commendably amended the article, which now accurately reports:
In mid-May, more than 300 bipartisan lawmakers from the House and Senate wrote to Pompeo in opposition of the international court’s potential probe into Israel.
In addition, editors appended the following clarification to the end of the article:
CLARIFICATION: This article has been updated to reflect more than 300 members of Congress wrote to Pompeo to express opposition to the potential ICC probe into Israel.