CNN’s airing of an interview with an ISIS-Ok commander left observers to surprise how the media outlet gained entry to the terrorist chief – and guarded his id – two weeks earlier than his group killed practically 200 folks.
The interview was aired on Saturday, with the “senior ISIS-Ok commander” telling CNN reporter Clarissa Ward at a lodge in Kabul that the group was “laying low and ready for its second to strike.” That second apparently arrived on Thursday, when a blast for which ISIS-Ok took accountability killed 170 Afghans and 13 US servicemen exterior the Kabul airport. A whole lot extra had been injured.
Two weeks previous to the assault in Kabul, CNN's @clarissaward interviewed a senior ISIS-Ok commander.
At the moment the commander informed Ward the group was laying low and ready for a time to strike.
As Ward notes, these had been "phrases that turned out to be eerily prophetic." pic.twitter.com/XV7RggUEg4
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) August 28, 2021
Ward referred to as the commander’s phrases “eerily prophetic,” however social media customers recommended that the assertion was extra of a plot than a prophecy, contemplating the commander was talking of what his group was about to hold out. Others argued that CNN aided and abetted the Kabul assault by having advance discover and apparently doing nothing to assist forestall it or lead US authorities to the terrorist commander.
So good that CNN had superior discover of an eminent assault.
— John Adams (@John_S_Adams) August 28, 2021
— Erastus X (@StymieSays) August 28, 2021
So was this info shared with or protection division?? Or was it simply saved for a narrative?? Disgusting.
— 🇺🇸HitmanTwoTwo🇺🇸 (@HitmanTwoTwo) August 28, 2021
However some discovered CNN’s clarification of the interview unbelievable, calling it “fairly fishy.” As one commenter tweeted, “‘Let’s fly to this place and meet with this terror group Ok that most individuals haven’t heard of and perceive their intentions,’ stated no person ever. Very fishy.” One other stated, “CIA tweets CIA interview with CIA.”
Assembly w/ this group earlier than something occurred in Afghanistan appears fairly fishy!! 🤔 "Concept, let's fly to this place & meet w/ this terror group 'Ok' that most individuals haven't heard of & perceive their intentions" stated no person ever. Very Fishy!!
— Jonathan Gaffney (@Gaaaffney) August 28, 2021
CIA tweets CIA interview with CIA.
— 山ellsII (@realPalmTree5G) August 28, 2021
Including to the irony, the CNN host who aired the interview was Anderson Cooper, the Vanderbilt inheritor who spent two summers as a CIA intern whereas he was a pupil at Yale College.
Different critics blasted CNN for giving airtime to a terrorist chief. “Who’re they attempting to guard, our folks or the terrorist?” one observer requested. “These interviews appear odd to me as I take into consideration the households of our fallen women and men.” One other stated CNN allowed ISIS-Ok to make use of the outlet as “a no-fee fundraising marketing campaign.”
CNN has beforehand criticized different media figures for giving a platform to newsmakers whose political opinions its leaders discover objectionable. As an example, CNN’s John Avlon earlier this month accused Fox Information host Tucker Carlson of doing a “week-long infomercial for authoritarian nationalism” when he traveled to Budapest to interview Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
CNN reporter in Kabul mocked for clip saying Taliban fighters ‘appear pleasant’ after some shout ‘demise to America!’
The ISIS-Ok interview was not Ward’s solely unusual encounter with Islamists in Afghanistan. She was mocked for an August 16 report through which she stated of Taliban fighters behind her, “They’re simply chanting ‘demise to America,’ however they appear pleasant on the identical time.”
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