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Former cable news reporter David Shuster is slamming his old employers for not covering a humanitarian crisis in Yemen that the United Nations is calling the worst since 1945.
Shuster has worked for MSNBC, CNN and Fox News.
Shuster, now an anchor and managing director at the fledgling i24 News that launched in the U.S. last month, challenged some his former co-workers by name to cover a story that includes seven million Yemeni facing starvation due to an ongoing civil war and U.S.-backed bombing and blockade campaign in that country, according to U.N. estimates.
"I would like to extend a special challenge to our colleagues in the media at some of the other cable news networks," Shuster said at the end of "Stateside with David Shuster" on Tuesday night. "To my friends at MSNBC, including Rachel [Maddow], Chris [Hayes] and Brian [Williams], do a story on Yemen.
"To my friends at Fox News, including Shep [Smith] and Sean [Hannity] and Bill [O'Reilly], do a story on Yemen," Shuster continued. "To my friends at CNN, including Jake [Tapper] and Wolf [Blitzer], it is time for everybody in the media to step up and recognize what is going on in Yemen... to do something about this outrageous catastrophe."
Jake Tapper responded to Shuster's plea on twitter.
The UN reported in January that 10,000 civilians have been killed and 40,000 injured in the conflict, which pits one former president and Houthi rebels with ties to the Iranian government against a U.S-backed coalition led by Saudi Arabia. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, considered the terrorist group's most dangerous outlet, has also exploited the conflict.
Yemen is the Middle East's poorest nation.