CNN Chief Worldwide Correspondent Clarissa Ward was ridiculed on social media for reporting that members of the Taliban who had been shouting “dying to America!” behind her in Kabul gave the impression to be “pleasant” nonetheless.
Reporting reside on-air from outdoors of america’ deserted embassy in Kabul, CNN recorded a gaggle of armed males in a truck with a Taliban flag, who chanted ‘Allahu Akbar!’ (‘God is the best’) whereas at the least one of many group additionally gave the impression to be shouting “dying to America!”
Ward – who might be seen sporting a full, black Islamic head masking after the Taliban took over town – advised viewers “they’re simply chanting ‘dying to America’ however they appear pleasant on the identical time. It’s completely weird.”
CNN's @clarissaward experiences on what Afghanistan appears like because the Taliban take over.https://t.co/pJuaHC3iBC pic.twitter.com/zx9shFE8Lj
— New Day (@NewDay) August 16, 2021
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Shortly after Ward commented on the seemingly “pleasant” group, she advised the digicam that she had been ordered to face to the facet of the highway, “as a result of I’m a girl.”
Whereas some social media customers objected to Ward’s declare that the entire crowd was chanting “dying to America!” since many had been merely chanting “Allahu Akbar!” others merely ridiculed the report for her description of the ruthless militants.
One person blasted CNN as a “shame” over the clip.
CNN is a shame.https://t.co/Mf1H3mrdOD
— Harrison Krank (@HarrisonKrank) August 16, 2021
“They’re chanting ‘Dying to America’ however they appear pleasant”?
We’re actually dwelling in an episode of South Park.
— NUFF (@nuffsaidny) August 16, 2021
Solely CNN might name the Taliban chanting "Dying to America" a "principally peaceable" story. https://t.co/5NEzBSxfUV
— Emerald Robinson ✝️ (@EmeraldRobinson) August 16, 2021
“Peak CNN is listening to a gaggle of extremists chant ‘Dying to America’ and nonetheless coming to the conclusion that ‘they appear pleasant,’” tweeted Tyler Cardon, CEO of the conservative Blaze Media. In the meantime, Firstpost senior editor Sreemoy Talukdar argued that CNN was giving satirical web sites the Babylon Bee and the Onion “a run for his or her cash.”
Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas additionally weighed in, asking: “Is there an enemy of America for whom @CNN WON’T cheerlead? (In obligatory burkas, no much less.)”
CNN reporter Clarissa Ward earlier than and after the autumn of Kabul to the Taliban. pic.twitter.com/v7oRvJI6V1
— Velina Tchakarova (@vtchakarova) August 16, 2021
Many others additionally seen Ward’s change of clothes, evaluating her new conservative head-covering to her earlier experiences from Kabul, the place her hair, neck, and ears might be seen.
In her report, Ward stated she had seen “far fewer ladies” than she would “ordinarily see strolling the streets of Kabul,” and added that the ladies she had seen “are usually dressed extra conservatively” than they had been the day prior. She additionally addressed her personal apparel.
“Clearly I’m wearing a really totally different solution to how I’d usually gown to stroll down the streets of Kabul,” she stated.
Requested whether or not these eligible to be evacuated from Kabul to the US might safely get there through the current time, Ward shook her head and stated, “There’s undoubtedly no plan in place to attempt to evacuate these individuals safely. The US is actually barely capable of hold a maintain on the scenario on the airport proper now, not to mention making an attempt to increase some type of hall for individuals to depart by way of, so that’s merely out of the query.”
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