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February 15, 2011

CBS'S LARA LOGAN ASSAULTED, HOSPITALIZED.... Gut-wrenching news.

On Friday February 11, the day Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS 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.

What heartbreaking violence. If that group of Egyptian women and soldiers hadn't acted, this monstrous crime could have been even worse.

Steve Benen 5:00 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (20)

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I read this on HuffPost earlier today and am wondering why there is not more information on who committed the violence. "There will be no further comment from CBS News and correspondent Logan and her family respectfully request privacy at this time." They said for privacy reasons, but this is a big story and it involves our freedom of the press. Sometimes you don't get to have your privacy protected. When will the U.S. cut off military aid and welfare to U.S. contractors who are supplying the weapons to the Egyptian military? Presumably the attack was by Mubarak supporters...I'm guessing. Why are we continuing to protect him and his(our) money?

Posted by: st john on February 15, 2011 at 5:08 PM | PERMALINK

Jeez, misogynistic thugs* can't take a few hours off for a big celebration?

(*Yeah, maybe I'm making an assumption about their being misogynistic thugs. And probably I'm right.)

Posted by: K in VA on February 15, 2011 at 5:08 PM | PERMALINK

Horrible news. My sympathy and best wishes to her.

Posted by: Bob m on February 15, 2011 at 5:09 PM | PERMALINK

I'm shocked, appalled and saddened. I've admired Lara Logan's work. *No one* deserves to have that happen to them. I wish her a speedy and complete recovery and that her thuggish assailants DIAF.

Posted by: Gregory on February 15, 2011 at 5:18 PM | PERMALINK

My prayers and best wishes go out to Ms Logan - and to the courageous and honorable Egyptians who rescued her. If they didn't arrest or kill the attackers there and then, I DEMAND that our Government and the new Egyptian Government get them - ASAP!

Posted by: knightphoenix2 on February 15, 2011 at 5:26 PM | PERMALINK

We often forget that being a reporter often takes a lot of courage. Best wishes for Logan. And thanks, Steve, for writing about it.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on February 15, 2011 at 5:29 PM | PERMALINK

It will be interesting to see how this piece of news gets played out on outlets like Limbaugh.

Will it be, "I knew we couldn't trust those Egyptians with freedom - raping white women, etc?"

Or will it be, "Is it really a crime to attack a liberal reporter? Didn't she get what she was asking for?"

I give even odds right now.

Posted by: George Peng on February 15, 2011 at 5:38 PM | PERMALINK

"It will be interesting to see how this piece of news gets played out on outlets like Limbaugh."

Local talk radio in LA was having a fit of hilarity when Andersen Cooper and NY Times reporters were assaulted in Egypt a few weeks ago. The RW stopped the jokes pretty quickly once it was discovered that a Fox News crew was victimized as well. Hopefully, Limbaugh et al will have enough class and dignity to let it go with words of support and not try to politicize this assault.

Gawd, I crack myself up sometimes....Limbaugh showing class and dignity...notgonnahappen.

Posted by: danimal on February 15, 2011 at 5:50 PM | PERMALINK

Horrible, heartbreaking news. I wish Ms. Logan the best. I'm reminded of Ann Coulter's despicable remarks at CPAC and am sickened over that as well.

Posted by: You Don't Say on February 15, 2011 at 5:54 PM | PERMALINK

Last week-( whenever it happened)- Morning Joe Scarborough was apparently waffling on should this be "read off the teleprompter", and Mika said, firmly, 'no, we won't go there!'

Now I know what they were so queazy about!

So, a "news " organization, afraid to offend the sensibilities of its drive time audience, choses not to 'go there' in reporting hard news about one of their own. But they report the shennanigans of drunken, drugged out celebs with aplomb.

For Shame.

Posted by: DAY on February 15, 2011 at 6:04 PM | PERMALINK

Steve Benen wrote: "If that group of Egyptian women and soldiers hadn't acted, this monstrous crime could have been even worse."

If this monstrous crime had happened to an Egyptian woman, it would have passed completely unnoticed by the US media.

Posted by: SecularAnimist on February 15, 2011 at 7:12 PM | PERMALINK

Ghastly.

And she’s one fine corespondent.

Posted by: Joe Friday on February 15, 2011 at 7:14 PM | PERMALINK

st john, maybe the reason that there isn't more information is that the perpetrators' identities and motivations aren't known. It was a large, chaotic mob. Ms. Logan could have been attacked by Mubarak supporters who blame Western reporters for their hero's fall, by religious zealots who disapproved of what she was wearing, or it could have been a case of sexual assault with no political motive, or who knows what else. The media are reluctant to speculate when it's one of their own, and it would be better if they were similarly reticent when they have no clue what they are talking about.

Posted by: Joe Buck on February 15, 2011 at 7:17 PM | PERMALINK

i am very sorry for the assault on lara logan as i would be on the assault on any woman.lets celebrate our new found democracy by assaulting women.what a great way to start a new government.how dare we continue to support and fund the atrocities of the middle east in the name of almighty oil.all the oil in the fields of the middle east are worth the dignity and safety of one single person.i hope i am not the only citizen ashamed of our response.what response?

Posted by: rick flowers on February 15, 2011 at 9:07 PM | PERMALINK

I don't know of CNN cleaned up or closed comments, but when I checked the story earlier today, there were basically two kinds: she's a whore and Muslims are animals.

Posted by: Crown Prince Ruprecht on February 15, 2011 at 10:05 PM | PERMALINK

There are some stories I wish I'd never read. This is one of them. Haunting. Simply haunting. Godspeed to her.

Posted by: June on February 16, 2011 at 1:01 AM | PERMALINK

The urge to vomit overcame me reading this story. Thoughts and sympathies go out to this woman and her family. Hopefully these animals get what they deserve, in this life or the next.

Posted by: Brian on February 16, 2011 at 6:22 AM | PERMALINK

She appears to have been separated from her group - "cut out of the pack"- with some deliberation. The motive isn't clear, but there was a motive, whether it involved her being a Western woman, a journalist, a presumed sympathizer with some faction, or all the foregoing. There is a photo of her, supposedly taken before the attack, that shows her surrounded by grim-faced Egyptian men, one of whom appears to be wearing a badge or insignia. If they aren't the perpetrators, they may know who is. So may the photographers.

Posted by: Reynardine on February 16, 2011 at 12:32 PM | PERMALINK

GeorgePeng: It will be interesting to see how this piece of news gets played out on outlets like Limbaugh. Will it be, "I knew we couldn't trust those Egyptians with freedom - raping white women, etc?" Or will it be, "Is it really a crime to attack a liberal reporter? Didn't she get what she was asking for?"

I see no reason why we can't expect Rushbo and his ilk to push *both* of those memes at the same time.

SecularAnimist: If this monstrous crime had happened to an Egyptian woman, it would have passed completely unnoticed by the US media.

QFT.


Posted by: Chet on February 16, 2011 at 1:53 PM | PERMALINK

The motive isn't clear, but there was a motive, whether it involved her being a Western woman, a journalist, a presumed sympathizer with some faction, or all the foregoing.

It also could have been entirely apolitical and opportunistic, a mob being a mob. Ever see Day of the Locust?

Posted by: Chet on February 16, 2011 at 1:56 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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