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CBS News reporter Lara Logan attacked, sexually assaulted in Cairo


From The Los Angeles Times:

CBS News correspondent Lara Logan is recovering in an American hospital this week after being sexually assaulted and beaten by a mob in Egypt's Tahrir Square late on Friday.

The same day that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, Logan was surveying the mood of anti-Mubarak protesters for a "60 Minutes" story when she and her team "were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration," CBS said in a statement Tuesday. The network said that a group of 200 people were then "whipped into a frenzy," pulling Logan away from her crew and attacking her until a group of women and Egyptian soldiers intervened.

Logan flew back to the United States the next morning.

She is currently recuperating in a US hospital.  CBS News has not released any more details about the attack.

Sadly though, the story doesn't end there:

As Mary Elizabeth Williams wrote earlier this evening over at Salon, several reporters and bloggers have "decided to hinge the story" of Lara Logan's rape "on the blond reporter's looks."  Simone Wilson's LA Weekly post mocks Logan's beauty, saying, "Egyptian protesters apparently consummated their newfound independence by sexually assaulting the blonde reporter."  Consummated?  Unconscionable.

The Mofo Politics blog featured a post on February 3rd, saying, "OMG if I were her captors and there were no sanctions for doing so?  I would totally rape her."  Here's how they've edited the post since: "Super funny joke deleted in light of the sad news that Lara Logan actually was raped in Egypt.  Can I just say, however, that I sooo totally called this."

Most shockingly, though, Nir Rosen, a fellow at NYU (who will hopefully be fired by the time many of you read this in the morning) continually bashed Logan all over his Twitter feed, saying she "had to outdo anderson" by getting raped, adding, "sometimes we have to find humor in the small things."

I could re-write all of his stomach-turning quotes here, but I honestly don't think I'd be able to without throwing up and crying at the same time.

You can judge for yourself how big an ass-wipe Nir Rosen is, by viewing the screen captures of his Twitter feed at NationalReview.com, where they were posted by Jim Geraghty.

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Comments (33)

At least the left is finall... (Below threshold)
jim m:

At least the left is finally being consistent about its misogyny. They support the animal islamists who promote the abuse and virtual enslavement of women and now that a prominent woman has been raped by these animals their first reaction is to blame her.

The left is no different from the radical islamists. It's about time that we recognized that fact.

She must not have had her C... (Below threshold)

She must not have had her Cloak of Journalism equipped.

1. The animals that raped h... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

1. The animals that raped her should be shot. She did not deserve that. I feel sorry for her.
2. You do not send a female supermodel into a riot. You doubly do not send one into a riot in a misogynist, well known woman-abusing culture. It is just goddam asinine to do so. WTF did she think was going to happen?

One can believe in both 1. and 2. at the same time and it is not 'blaming the victim', fwiw. It's just common sense.

There are barbaric places in the world. To ignore that fact is folly.

The above mentioned blogging scum making fun of her ought to be named and shamed, too.

The rape brought to you by ... (Below threshold)
Brett :

The rape brought to you by Religion of Peace(tm).

I wonder what she thinks of... (Below threshold)

I wonder what she thinks of peace loving muslims now?

amazing we were on the same... (Below threshold)

amazing we were on the same track at the same time Brett

It was fairly obviou... (Below threshold)
Brett :

It was fairly obvious. I guess she should consider herself lucky that they didn't charge her with adultery.

Bear in mind these are the same pieces of human effluent that were being lionized last week by the legacy media as heroes throwing off the yoke of tyranny. Obama's people.

All while the PC assclowns ... (Below threshold)

All while the PC assclowns in the Pentagon wnat to send women into combat.

Just finished Laura Hilenbrand's book "Unbroken" which contains graphic abuse in jap POW camps. Can you imagine what would happen to a woman GI incarcerated in such a place by muslim men?

God be with you Ms. Logan and I'm praying for your recovery.

This is what happens when y... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

This is what happens when you treat a barbarian cult of death like a real religion - the rabid dogs who follow it feel emboldened to act out their animal impulses.

Nir Rosen is a repugnant jerk, but the attackers are violent, dangerous, evil beings.

Disgusting barbarians.... (Below threshold)

Disgusting barbarians.

This gang rape of this repo... (Below threshold)
Paul Hooson:

This gang rape of this reporter is beyond words as an outrage. South African born Lara Logan constantly put her life in danger in places like Iraq, Afghanistan and other hot spots to present reports. She deserves far more respect as a journalist and human being than this brutality and sexual assault.

Dear Ms. Logan, I am so sor... (Below threshold)

Dear Ms. Logan, I am so sorry for what happened to you. Please know that you are in my prayers. I pray for you to find peace and strength in your recovery. With love, Dorothy in Philadelphia.

Paul:Yes it is an ... (Below threshold)
Captain Ned:


Yes it is an outrage and she does deserve far more respect.

That said, the Western media believe that they have this bubble of invincibility that hovers over them wherever they go, and those editors that assign field reporters to hot spots rely upon that Western conceit.

When it comes to stories from Islam World, editors want nothing more than to shove Western women in the face of locals to both emasculate the locals and reassure Starbucks liberals that women can do everything.

Now comes this event. Anyone with a brain knows that the true revolutionaries in Egypt are the Muslim Brotherhood and that they are just a bit anti-Western. A competent story editor would have said that sending a woman into that mess, especially a woman in Western dress, was a VERY BAD IDEA. Unfortunately for this poor woman the Western need to show that we don't need to honor local cultural mores put this woman in a very bad place.

Unfortunately for... (Below threshold)
Brett :
Unfortunately for this poor woman the Western need to show that we don't need to honor local cultural mores put this woman in a very bad place.

Unfortunately we still have people in the world that think we should honor the local cultural mores of backwards animalistic scum. We shouldn't.

Our response to this sort of local cultural more should weigh 180 grains and travel at 2600 feet per second.

We should not honor the Loc... (Below threshold)

We should not honor the Local Culture but people know and acknowledge the local culture, mood and sentiment on the ground and take appropriate precautions.

This was not the first report of reporters being attacked by the crowd. Why did CNN not hire private security to protect the crew?
Rape is hardly ever about beauty it about power and control of the victim.
Any American female in that crowd could be victimized.

One does notice that they minimize the attack on this women. When a few falsely accused students of attacked a black women, we heard how All White males of privilege are racist rapist.
When it 200 people gang raping a women in Public it just a a bad element. Notice no ethnicity or summary judgment passed even when it is one of there own.
We have people putting other people in harms way with no protection because it does not fit into their world view.

When the head of NAtional Security refuse to ID the enemy he allowing all Americans to be raped and abused like this reporter.

I visited Egypt in the mid-... (Below threshold)
K Whelan:

I visited Egypt in the mid-1990's. As a western-looking woman, I could not walk down Cairo streets alone without being verbally harrassed. I had an Egyptian male as a traveling companion and when he was by my side, I received no harrassment. Without him, it was unbearable.

I don't think this was about the reporter being "blonde." She was a western woman, period.

I was horrified when I hear... (Below threshold)

I was horrified when I heard this last night.
Then I come in to read:

"As Mary Elizabeth Williams wrote earlier this evening over at Salon, several reporters and bloggers have "decided to hinge the story" of Lara Logan's rape "on the blond reporter's looks."

WTF? They're blaming the victim and coordinating this message?

Disgusting beyond belief!

So, Paul. . is that culture... (Below threshold)
Ryan M.:

So, Paul. . is that culture 'equal'?

Or is the basic concept of multiculturalism and "Moral relativity' complete and utter bullsqueeze?

Ultimately, this is about t... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Ultimately, this is about the fact that egyptians are like any other muslim culture in that they consider women to be property and western women in particular to be whores and prostitutes. A woman alone is therefore asking to be raped and the expectation is that she will be and that by going out in public she is actually asking for the gang rape to happen.

This is a culture that would not try her assailants for rape but try her for adultery and sentence her to death for it.

The left would tell us that their culture is no different from ours. What that tells me is that the left is either incredibly ignorant or that they actually believe the same way the muslims do. It's hard to tell which is the case.

This is a very unfortunate ... (Below threshold)
George A:

This is a very unfortunate result of the conservative element in a culture (Muslim right wing nut jobs in this case) being whipped into a frenzy. It's the same kind of lunatic fringe mentality that encourages bombing abortion clinics, and encouraging violence like the way Sarah Palin's comments likely led to the shooting in Arizona last month. What? Are only cons allowed to say dumb stuff here?

Attention those of you dumb... (Below threshold)
George A:

Attention those of you dumber than a rock: NOBODY whether politically inclined to the left or to the right agrees with or sympathizes with these radicals, or with rape. Who people are, their ethical and moral beliefs are not intrincicaly linked to their political leaning. Believing "all liberals are bad," or "all conservatives are dumb," is just the way you fel better about your own beliefs by deamonizing people who don't politically agree with you. If you base your responses and your judgement of others on their politics, you are probably morally degenerate and certainly spiritually bankrupt. You are part of the problem.

"Let's change the subject! ... (Below threshold)
George Ass:

"Let's change the subject! Look over there, a totally unrelated and untrue shiny thingee!"

This is an honest question ... (Below threshold)

This is an honest question and not a political comment:

Does anyone know if she was raped? I've seen that word in some editorials and comments but not in any actual news reports which use the phrase "sexually assaulted". Don't forget that in US parlance, swatting a female on the butt is considered 4th degree assault.

(The fact that she is/was in the hospital cannot be used as proof since the reports do say she was beaten).

Refering to Captain Ned @13... (Below threshold)

Refering to Captain Ned @13,

"That said, the Western media believe that they have this bubble of invincibility that hovers over them wherever they go, and those editors that assign field reporters to hot spots rely upon that Western conceit."

I am trying to not blaming the victim, but if her media bosses had tried to block her ability to report on this situation and used the excuse that it was too dangerous because she was a woman, she would have been able to sue their ***'* off because of gender discrimination.

CBS has issued a supplement... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

CBS has issued a supplemental statement - she was not raped.

I don't think that makes all that much difference here. Being trapped alone in a crowd of 200 men, all of whom were focused on her, who were keeping her from returning to her crew while yelling "Jew, jew" as they physically and sexually assaulted her was probably very traumatic for her.

See the official statement ... (Below threshold)

See the official statement by the NYU Center for Law and Security about Nir Rosen.

Having done business in the... (Below threshold)

Having done business in the Middle East, I can't fathom what makes the media outlets send a blond, caucasian women into a Muslim country to report on civil unrest. It's like expecting a dog not to attack prime meat. They can protect them in closed environments, but in riots, they don't stand a chance. Good thinking CBS!

It’s incredibly hypocritica... (Below threshold)

It’s incredibly hypocritical that Lara Logan and CBS have asked that Ms Logan and her family be given privacy. If this had happened to somebody that was not in the “Media Family”, the media would be dogging the living daylights out them for pictures and a story.

She was attacked in order t... (Below threshold)
New Buffalo MI fishing:

She was attacked in order to express male dominance in Islamic society and as a demonstration of their contempt of infidel Western women. This is the true face of Islam, and CBS and the media will do all in their power to obscure it.

It’s incredibly hy... (Below threshold)
It’s incredibly hypocritical that Lara Logan and CBS have asked that Ms Logan and her family be given privacy. If this had happened to somebody that was not in the “Media Family”, the media would be dogging the living daylights out them for pictures and a story.
Hypocracy noted. On the other hand, they have "the story" on this one locked up. Unless she is so traumatized she can never again step in front of a camera, when she does, it will be with CBS and it will further her career. There is nothing wrong with that, she took the risks as part of a career choice, if there is any potential benefit to her out of this, she deserves it.

Outside of that 'Les Nessman's' comment states is best.

We need journalist like lar... (Below threshold)

We need journalist like lara logan who can fight back and show their enthusiasm towards journalism

Of course all of the men ar... (Below threshold)

Of course all of the men are coming out in droves to defend this bimbo. Oh sorry, adulteress.

Ah the power of large breasts and blond hair. I think part of the problem is A. Pornography with millions of women who look just like LL that's been spread all over the world via Playboy and the internet. and B. The foreign prostitues mostly from Eastern Europe who have spread themselves all over the world. At least in Korean and Egypt, but I've heard they're everywhere else, too.

There are tons of women and girls RIGHT in the US raped, sexually molested and harassed every day. I personally have been peeped, catcalled and followed by perverts in GASP yep America.

Tons of women who do not look like pornographic actresses, nor who have unprotected [email protected] with other women's husbands are sexually assaulted every day...but apparently they're not worthy of defense.

Sorry, I have more sympathy for the wife who almost committed suicide because her husband left her and their child for Logan. I also have sympathy for women who speak Arabic and are culturally sensitive but who did not get the position of "chief correspondent" to the Middle East because they weren't blond or busty.

BTW, the feminist untruth t... (Below threshold)

BTW, the feminist untruth that I was also fed in school about "Rape is hardly ever about beauty it about power and control of the victim" is not true. The truth is probably scarier.

Sexual assault stems from sexual desire. Period. As part of my healing process, I did research on child molestation and as sick as it sounds, child molesters are also sexually attracted to their victims and will prey on childen they find "beautiful" etc.

I personally think the reams of pornographic material featuring blond, white women probably played some sort of role in the attack.






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