Mark Steyn writes:
“Other victims of sexual assault” is not quite le mot juste, given that there is no evidence that “Jackie” was ever assaulted by anybody at all. A better word would be actual victims of sexual assault. And, if real victims of real sexual assault are deterred from coming forward because a fabulist’s pitiful fantasy was made front-page news by a gullible ideological media, that ought to occasion some circumspection from those, like Ms Ganim and Ms Hostin, who made the fabulist a pin-up girl in the first place. If CNN et al want someone to blame for real rape victims being reluctant to come forward, they should try looking in the mirror.
Meanwhile, what of an actual rape victim who couldn’t get her story told by CNN or anybody else? (…)
Lara Logan’s “assault” – for some reason, the same people willing to expand the definition of “rape” to include utter fantasy are reluctant to apply the word to what happened to Miss Logan – at any rate, her “assault” took place in Tahrir Square just after Mubarak’s resignation and at the height of the western media’s delirious jubilation at the “Facebook Revolution”. Jackie’s “horrific gang rape” didn’t happen, but to the media it’s true because it fits the narrative. Lara’s actual gang rape is true but to the media it didn’t happen because it doesn’t fit the narrative.