Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Stupid reactions to assault on Lara Logan

Today I learned that CBS reporter Lara Logan was sexually assaulted and beaten in Tahrir Square on Friday, the day Hosni Mubarak resigned. How sad and embarrassing for Egyptians at a time when Egypt celebrates the end (hopefully) of dictatorship. I hope the rapists are arrested and punished for their crimes.

I've been reading about some of the reactions to the assault, which seem almost as shocking as the assault itself. Last night on Twitter Nir Rosen called Logan a "major war monger". What a schmuck. Today he apologized.

From the crazy right, Glen Beck used the occasion to attack the "radicals" in our universities (Rosen was a fellow at NYU) and thinks the assault proves what he's been saying about Egypt. At least Beck mentioned that Logan was rescued by Egyptian women and Egyptian soldiers. I suppose he deserves praise for that.

I think the stupidest reaction was from conservative commentator Debbie Schlussel, who wrote: "So sad, too bad, Lara. No one told her to go there. She knew the risks, and she should have known what Islam is all about. Now she knows. This never happened to her or any other mainstream media reporter when Mubarak was allowed to treat his country of savages in the only way they can be controlled. How fitting that Lara Logan was 'liberated' by Muslims in Liberation Square while she was gushing over the other part of the 'liberation'. Hope you're enjoying the revolution, Lara!"

Wow, that's disgusting. I'm not disgusted by her remarks on Islam - that's to be expected from the right wing. What disgusts me is that Schlussel attacked the victim, basically blaming Logan for being raped.

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