Maybe these journalists who are boycotting the Taliban over their murder of Sardar Ahmad could swap positions with mainstream media reporters such as Christiane Amanpour, Bob Smietana, Niraj Warikoo, Kari Huus, Lisa Wangsness, Anne Barnard, who — judging from their coverage of Islamic supremacists stateside — would be only too happy to provide the Taliban with fawning, positive coverage no matter what they did. Watch for Smietana’s audition piece on how Sardar Ahmad had it coming for being in a hotel that is a stronghold of the Infidel presence in Afghanistan, complete with an adoring sidebar profile of the wise, soft-spoken, witty and pious Taliban commander who spearheaded the attack.
“Afghan Journalists Boycott Taliban Coverage After Kabul Hotel Attack Kills Reporter, Children,” by Lee Ferran for ABC News, March 21:
A group of prominent journalists in Afghanistan is fighting back against terrorism on behalf of one of their own, declaring today that they are going to temporarily boycott reporting on the Taliban following the terrorist organization’s assault on Kabul’s Serena Hotel Thursday.
The attack killed nine civilians, including a well-known local journalist, his wife and two young children. The reporter’s third and youngest child reportedly sustained serious injuries and is undergoing emergency surgery.
“The Taliban carry out such attacks, which can never be justified, solely for the purposes of news coverage and projecting terror among Afghan citizens,” said a Facebook post by the group calling themselves the Afghan Journalist Family. “Therefore, the journalism family in Afghanistan, in a collective decision, has decided to boycott coverage of news related to the Taliban for a period of 15 days, refraining from broadcasting any information that could further the Taliban’s claimed purpose of terror.”
“We also ask the Taliban for an explanation of how they justify the shooting from a close-range of innocent children,” the statement added.
The group is made up of more than 50 journalists representing Afghan and international media outlets, including ABC News.
The Taliban took responsibility for the deadly attack on the hotel today, claiming on its website that it was a methodical operation that took the lives of 22 “foreign invaders and puppets of high-ranking officials.” Each of the four attackers were killed by responding security forces.
The Taliban message, which said the suicide attackers had “indomitable courage,” makes no mention of the two Afghan children who were among their victims. Nor does it discuss the four women – two Afghan and two foreign – who the Afghan government said were gunned down….