CNN on Tuesday hit out at veteran Republican senator Ted Cruz after the latter put out a tweet criticising the American information community for its protection of the disaster in Afghanistan.
Mr Cruz retweeted a clip of Clarissa Ward, CNN’s chief worldwide correspondent, reporting from outdoors the US embassy in Kabul, with Taliban terrorists behind her.
“Is there an enemy of America for whom @CNN WON’T cheerlead? (In obligatory burkas, no much less.),” the politician tweeted.
The community’s communications crew gave him a pointy rebuttal and defended its protection and the reporter.
“Reasonably than working off to Cancun in robust instances, @clarissaward is risking her life to inform the world what’s taking place. That is known as bravery. As an alternative of RTing a conspiracy theorist’s deceptive soundbite, maybe your time could be higher spent serving to People in hurt’s method,” CNN Communications tweeted.
Reasonably than working off to Cancun in robust instances, @clarissaward is risking her life to inform the world what’s taking place. That is known as bravery. As an alternative of RTing a conspiracy theorist’s deceptive soundbite, maybe your time could be higher spent serving to People in hurt’s method.
— CNN Communications (@CNNPR) August 16, 2021
Because the final couple of days, social media customers have been circulating two images of Ms Ward, one the place she wears no head masking and one other the place she wears an abaya. Many customers mentioned that this reveals the distinction of life in Afghanistan earlier than and after Taliban rule.
On Monday, she clarified that the picture with out the pinnacle masking was taken inside a non-public compound and that she at all times wore a head scarf on the streets of Kabul beforehand too.
This meme is inaccurate. The highest picture is inside a non-public compound. The underside is on the streets of Taliban held Kabul. I at all times wore a head scarf on the road in Kabul beforehand, although not w/ hair totally coated and abbaya. So there’s a distinction however not fairly this stark.
— Clarissa Ward (@clarissaward) August 16, 2021
The Taliban on Tuesday mentioned they’d not make the total burqa obligatory for girls as they did after they final dominated Afghanistan. Its spokesperson didn’t specify the kind of scarf that might be deemed acceptable by the Taliban.
The Taliban’s speedy conquest of Kabul adopted Joe Biden’s choice to withdraw US forces after 20 years of struggle that he described as costing greater than $1 trillion. The velocity at which Afghan cities fell, in days reasonably than the months predicted by US intelligence, and worry of a Taliban crackdown on freedom of speech and human rights, particularly ladies’s rights, have sparked criticism. In a televised deal with, Mr Biden mentioned he didn’t remorse his choice.