CBS News’ Lara Logan was sexually assaulted and brutally beaten on Friday during the celebration of Mubarak’s ouster in Cairo.
This is horrible and despicable, yet nothing that doesn’t occur daily around the Muslim world. What happened to Ms. Logan, a mother of two, will be regular fare in the “new” Egypt. Not to reporters, but hundreds, maybe thousands, of faceless, nameless women without a microphone or a major corporation to comfort them.
(CBSNews) In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently in the hospital recovering.
This is a story worth investigating. Who were the women who “saved” her? Shouldn’t they be held up as heroes for the budding new democracy that promises ‘equal rights’ and all the other things we are told Egyptians are clamoring for?
Count me dubious. I don’t think they did anything but yell. Were they Muslim? Maybe they were Christian. Why shouldn’t we know? Far more realistically, it was indeed only because the 20 Mubarak soldiers interrupted the Arabs’ fun that her life was saved.
There will be no further comment from CBS News and correspondent Logan and her family respectfully request privacy at this time.
Understandable, considering the scope of the tragedy, but is it right?
Reporters believe everyone’s life is other people’s business. This is a major story, Lohan is a major public figure, a famed journalist, and the truth of the situation is not being made public. That seems somewhat hypocritical.
Worse, it only goes to further hide the truth behind the Democariah movement, the attitude of Arab Muslim men towards women, and towards the United States.
If Lara Logan is the intrepid reporter that we are told she is, and I do think she is a brave woman, then she should want to help the millions of other battered women throughout the Muslim world who regularly face the kind of attack she did.
But don’t look for anyone in the state-run media to look further into this. They are so invested in how wonderful Democariah is for Egypt and the Arab world, that they will never want to besmirch the narrative they have worked so hard to foment.
In the Middle East you expect the worst. But having watched Egypt’s extraordinary civic achievement in building the coalition that ousted Mubarak, having watched Tahrir Square become cooperation central, and having watched the professionalism of the Egyptian army, I’m convinced the country has what it takes to build a decent, representative society — one that gives the lie to all the stereotypes associated with that dismissive shorthand “The Arab Street. In fact, post-Tahrir, let’s retire that phrase.”
Far from ‘retiring’ the phrase, Roger, how about some honest investigative reporting into why it came to be used in the first place. Just what is it about the “the Arab Street” that sends shudders down people’s spine? Lara Lohan got a taste of the real Arab Street, ask her about it.
And then we come to this contemptible shmuck, Nir Rosen. Rosen is a huge anti-American, anti-Israel Leftist apparatchik who writes for the Washington Post and many other state-run media outlets. He openly mocked Lohan’s nightmare via Twitter, and intimated that the woman deserved what she got because she was a “war monger”.
(h/t Daily Caller) The initial tweet by Rosen stated, “Lara Logan had to outdo Anderson. Where was her buddy McCrystal.” From this tweet he went further, writing that he would have been amused if Anderson Cooper had also been sexually assaulted.
“Yes yes its wrong what happened to her. Of course. I don’t support that. But, it would have been funny if it happened to Anderson too,” wrote Rosen.
The two comments gave way to more. Rosen called Logan a “war monger” and expressed doubt that she was actually assaulted.
“Jesus Christ, at a moment when she is going to become a martyr and glorified we should at least remember her role as a major war monger” wrote Rosen.
“Look, she was probably groped like thousands of other women, which is still wrong, but if it was worse than [sic] I’m sorry.”
Because Rosen is a man of the Left, don’t expect any Lefties to attack him for his insensitivity and civility disobedience. Few will even report it. If, however, a center-right journalist had made similar comments, he’d be excoriated by the Liberal media and forced out of employment.
Ms. Lohan was not the first reporter to be attacked, though by the sounds of the others, hers was by far the worst. There were undoubtedly far more attacks and threats made on reporters in Egypt and other Arab countries during all these protests, but we will never hear of them. Because, remember, for the state-run media, it is Tea Party people who are the only protestors that anyone must fear.