Tuesday, February 15, 2011

CBS News' Lara Logan sexually assaulted during Egypt protest

CBS News:  
On Friday, Feb. 11, the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a "60 Minutes" story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy.
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.
There will be no further comment from CBS News and correspondent Logan and her family respectfully request privacy at this time.
I have two quick thoughts on this.
First, I am sorry if this sounds sexist, but I do question the logic of sending such an attractive female to the center of turmoil. As a nation breaks down, civility is the first casualty and staying safe during such times is a major challenge.
Second, I think this incident can serve as a reminder that the Egyptian tale is far from told. From the media one gets the impression that democracy has already arrived in Egypt.  Not so, the Egyptian people still have to choose their future and the type of people who committed this evil deed are included in that mix.  
Say a prayer for Ms. Logan and her family during what is no doubt a very dark time.

7 comments:

Just a conservative girl said...

Would an ugly woman be ok? Yeah Cliff, a little sexist sounding.

But, I don't think your sexist and there is some logic in your question.

I have always found the fact that Muslims use rape so often. Isn't odd for a country that thinks sexuality is so taboo?

Marian said...

Absolutely horrible. My prayers are with her.

Questioning the wisdom of sending an attractive female reporter into such a situation only sounds sexist to those willing to blind themselves to the reality of the world in deference to a preferred PC utopian fantasy world. As such, it's a bit of a sad microcosm portrait of the current administration's approach...

Clifton B said...

JACG:

I glad you catch my drift on that. I just could not think of a non sexist way to say it. My bad.

Re: rape and Muslim culture, it is the repression!

Clifton B said...

Marian:

Thanks you explained it much better than I. Although we all want to believe that there are no real differences between men and women, reality says otherwise.

Jake G. said...

I was with ya' Clifton. Next time they should send in Helen Thomas. She should be relatively safe.

bd said...

please don't appologize - nothing sexist about fair observation of hunan nature (it would seem we are all susceptible to the insidious errosion that is pc)

and yes, ht would have had no issue - "it is what it is"...

and yes, the msm have no clue as to what will confront us all if the seeds of totalitarism take root and flourish

Janelle said...

Islam is a religion of peace and if you don't believe it, they will cut off your head. Everybody, got it now?

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