Journalist Nir Rosen has resigned from his fellowship at a New York University institute after making inappropriate remarks about CBS reporter Lara Logan on Twitter. 39-year-old Logan, a correspondent for 60 Minutes, suffered a ‘brutal and sustained sexual assault by a mob of men while covering the Egyptian uprising,’ according to a statement released by CBS. She had become separated from her crew on February 11, the day that Hosni Mubarak resigned. A group of Egyptian women and solders came to her aid and Logan is currently recovering in a US hospital.
From today’s New York Daily News:
“Lara Logan had to outdo Anderson,” Rosen tweeted, referring to the CNN correspondent, who was reportedly punched in the head multiple times while covering the recent demonstrations in Egypt.
Rosen went on, insisting it would be humorous if Anderson too had been sexually assaulted.
“Yes yes it’s wrong what happened to her. Of course. I don’t support that. But it would have been funny if it happened to Anderson too.”
From there, his posts only got worse.
The tweet, “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,” was followed by, “Look, she was probably groped like thousands of other women.”
Rosen had been a fellow at New York University’s Center on Law and Security. He has written for Time, Harper’s, The New Yorker, and the New York Times Magazine and covered the war in Iraq extensively.
According to New York Daily News, Rosen later made a ‘half-hearted apology,’ deleted many previous posts’ including:
“As someone who’s devoted his career to defending victims and supporting justice, I’m very ashamed for my insensitive and offensive comments,” he wrote, apologizing to Logan’s friends and family.
‘Nir Rosen is always provocative, but he crossed the line with his comments about Lara Logan. I am deeply distressed by what he wrote about Ms. Logan.’
Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss, charging Rosen with saying ‘vile things’ about Logan, thinks that NYU should have acted more decisively and simply fired Rosen:
Rosen’s tweets on Logan more than crossed a line. They were more than cruel and insensitive. They 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.
I’m more than in agreement with Strauss. Rosen is now saying that he seeks ‘to redeem’ himself and to ‘”show that [his] statements were not representative of [his] belief.”‘ He does seem quite aware of the extent of the gaffe he has made, noting that his ‘”career was dedicated to defending victims from oppressors”‘ and that he is now aware that he appears to be ‘[mocking] victims and [justifying] their oppressors.
Let’s hope he can show that he stands behind his words and indeed, ‘[support] justice,’ rather than doing injustice to others.
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