You probably heard the terrible reports about CBS reporter’s brutal sexual assault in Cairo last week. According to a statement from CBS
“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 home recovering. ”
When these reports first surfaced, Nir Rosen, a journalist and NYU fellow, fired off several tweets about Logan, including:
“Look, she was probably groped like thousands of other women, which is still wrong, but if it was worse than I’m sorry.”
“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.”
“…I’m rolling my eyes at the attention she will get.”
After half-heartedly apologizing (“ah, f*** it, I apologize for being insensitive…”), he removed several of the offending tweets. Conservative Twitter members took screen shots
to preserve his outburst. Rosen is an outspoken liberal.
In the aftermath, NYU has accepted Rosen’s resignation
, saying he “crossed the line.”
The Washington Post
questioned why NYU didn’t fire him first. The Post
’s Valerie Strauss writes
Rosen’s tweets “revealed a perverted view of the world that has no place at any university, much less a prestigious one. Differences of opinion—even extreme ones—are one thing, welcome at an educational institution. Misogyny and distortions of reality are quite another.
“New York University’s Center on Law and Security should have been far stronger in its actions regarding Rosen. For heaven's sake, the reality show ‘Top Chef’ is tougher on its losing chefs. NYU should have told him to pack his bags and go.”
Can any amount of sincere
apologizing make up for what he said?