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CBS reporter sexually attacked in Egypt (UPDATED)

Lara Logan victimized by mob of freedom loving peaceful protestors:

Lara Logan, the CBS News correspondent, was attacked and sexually assaulted by a mob in Cairo on Feb. 11, the day that the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was forced from power, the network said Tuesday.

After the mob surrounded her, Ms. Logan "suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers," the network said in a statement. Ms. Logan is recovering at a hospital in the United States.

The evening of the attack, Ms. Logan, 39, the network's chief foreign affairs correspondent, was covering the celebrations in Tahrir Square in central Cairo with a camera crew and an unknown number of security staff members. The CBS team was enveloped by "a dangerous element" within the crowd, CBS said, that numbered more than 200 people. That mob separated Ms. Logan from her team and then attacked her.

Once she was rescued, CBS said she "reconnected" with the team and returned to the United States on Feb. 12.

The CBS statement mentioned nothing more about the attackers. It also said that there would be "no further comment from CBS News, and correspondent Logan and her family respectfully request privacy at this time."

Really strange.  It's not like that culture treats women like property. 

Simply more inexplicability.

UPDATE: Appropriate and sincere apologies to my co-bloggers Jay and Michael for not noticing their related posts before putting up my own. Please read their words and comment appropriately at their respective posts. I'll redouble my efforts to check the site before publishing. [Smacks head sorrowfully]


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Comments (12)

Call me a sexist but I don'... (Below threshold)
Maggie Mama:

Call me a sexist but I don't think sending in a beautiful blond American reporter (who looks more like a model) to a situation that is volatile is a very smooth move. Egyptians had already beat the crap out of Greg Palkot, FNC camerman Olaf Wiig, CNN's Anderson Cooper, and other male reporters.

CBS should have pulled all reporters, except those wishing to commit sepuku, out of the area.

Rick, report to Re-Educatio... (Below threshold)

Rick, report to Re-Education Camp 37 for remedial dope-slapping.


"Call me a sexist but I don... (Below threshold)

"Call me a sexist but I don't think sending in a beautiful blond American reporter (who looks more like a model) to a situation that is volatile is a very smooth move."

There must not have been any Joy Behars or Whoopi lookalikes available.

914, Ms. Logan looks to be ... (Below threshold)
Maggie Mama:

914, Ms. Logan looks to be more in the genre of FNC fair-ladies rather than the normal CBS already "beaten with a stick" uglies.

Of course, Behars and Whoopi are with ABC and hold first place for "Absolutely Beastly Commentators."

I doubt Whoopi or Joy would... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

I doubt Whoopi or Joy would have objected to the attention, all things considered.

Can't wait for The View to ... (Below threshold)

Can't wait for The View to weigh in on this and give their verdict. Was it "rape" or "rape-rape"?

What does, "Sexually assaul... (Below threshold)

What does, "Sexually assaulted" even mean?

I really like the "CBS has ... (Below threshold)

I really like the "CBS has no more comments on this incident" and Ms. Logan's request for "privacy" in this serious assault. Hell, if it had been a regular person, CBS and Ms. Logan would be camped out in their front yard, filling the airwaves with 24 hours of speculation, digging into the victim's background, and dredging up everyone and anyone who even vaguely knew the victim for a public handwringing session. It is all "The Public Has A Right To Know" until it happens to them. What a bunch of hypocritical hacks!

Let's dispense with the myt... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Let's dispense with the myth that Anderson Cooper was "beaten" right now - he wasn't. MAYBE some of the demonstrators touched him, maybe not. Certainly he was scared and getting the heck out of there, but his camera was on and even though it wasn't pointed at him the whole time, there was no evidence of any beating.

Plus, when he appeared on air shortly after the incident, there wasn't a scratch on him. No bruises showed up the next day. Perhaps to Cooper being dressed up in leather and having a dominatrix "lash" his bottom with a soft whip counts as a "beating," but the crowd didn't give him even that much.

Cooper saw this as his chance for a Wolf Blitzer moment, and exaggerated grossly.

Katie Couric was jostled a bit, and got the heck out of the country.

After what happened to Logan, Couric is looking smarter than Cooper, as if that were some sort of accomplishment.


Rick ~ When there is a startling story like this, the likelihood someone else has posted on it grows. The scroll bar is your friend.

And to further ruin the mem... (Below threshold)

And to further ruin the meme about peaceful protestors, the mob was shouting "JEW" during the attack.

There is nothing,Rick, in J... (Below threshold)
gaius piconius:

There is nothing,Rick, in Jim Addison's @9 comment that should be disregarded. There is style and there is substance in professional life which are helped by upbringing and experiences in life. The vocational life of some journalists as we all have come to appreciate, certainly in what we now name MSM or drive bys, is lived in substantial denial of the principles that must guide ordinary men and women, paramount among these being honesty. Now I don't know A. Cooper or K. Couric except by sight, and I have some time ago given up on drawing news from their lips or virtually anyone's connected to, you know, 'their networks'. One finds there, very clearly, an excess of style, (which I identify in this matter as wholly opportunistic, yet which in proper measure is useful), but, also a paucity of substance, (character), that most important quality, one that can be usefully served by style, but which should never be overwhelmed by it. Cooper's exaggeration and Couric's flight are the yardsticks by which their actual substance can be measured, Their style is best guaged by their demeanour in interviews,(Couric certainly),but also assignments. The overwhelming impression of today's journalism that one gets, is one of 'not a little' arrogance and superiority....yet as Addison points out, these two opted for a safer route to their professional elevation.

CBS's lack (make that total... (Below threshold)

CBS's lack (make that total absence) of reporting the rape would have conflicted with their giddiness of Mubarak's exit. To make up for their non-reporting reporting, they're doing a segment on Scott Brown this Sunday.

CBS - Clearly Bull Sh*t!






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