Nestled within advertisements for western gadgets, meditation gimmicks, chiropractic services and a financial advice corporation, CNN presents a facade of journalism, entitled, “Afghan woman’s choice: 12 years in jail or marry her rapist and risk death,” wherein Nick Paton Walsh and Masoud Popalza lie about the situation of Gulnaz, an Afghan woman imprisoned in Afghanistan for adultery. Gulnaz claims to have been raped. There is no reason to believe her or the reporters who parrot her statement as fact.
The deceptive article begins as follows: “The ordeal of Gulnaz did not simply begin and end with the physical attack of her rape. The rape began a years-long nightmare of further pain, culminating in an awful choice she must now make.”
From that point on, exactly zero evidence is given to substantiate the woman’s claim of rape, or to justify calling her sex-partner a rapist, besides her own statement. In fact, the only other substantive quotation is from the sex-partner, a man whom the faux-reporters wrongly describe as guilty: “We found Gulnaz’s convicted rapist in a jail across town … he denied raping her.”
Nick Paton Walsh and Masoud Popalza are liars. They know that the man is not a convicted rapist–they know that he was convicted of the same crime as was Gulnaz: adultery.
The real story: “Man and woman jailed in Afghanistan for premarital sex”
This is the only story that Nick Paton Walsh and Masoud Popalza truly had, but they ignored the real story because the false story better entices the liars’ audience–sloppy western chauvinists–into prejudicial woman-pitying and misandry, as well as fear and loathing of Middle Eastern people, and thus garners the two liars, Nick Paton Walsh and Masoud Popalza, more pats on the back from their fem-anesthetized colleagues, more money from their keepers. Go back to sleep.