Journalist Apologizes for Joking About CBS News' Lara Logan, Anderson Cooper Egypt Assault on Twitter

6:36 AM PST 02/16/2011 by Lindsay Powers
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"I am deeply ashamed because they do not represent who I am," Nir Rosen, who has written for the New York Times and New Yorker and contributed to an Oscar-nominated documentary, tells THR.

Journalist Nir Rosen, who has written on foreign policy for publications including the New York Times and New Yorker and contributed footage to an Oscar-nominated documentary on the Middle East, has apologized for his Twitter remarks about Lara Logan and Anderson Cooper.

In an email to The Hollywood Reporter, he writes, "I deeply regret making insensitive but completely insincere jokes to a couple of friends on Twitter. I am deeply ashamed because they do not represent who I am, and I would like to convey my most heart felt apologies to Ms. Logan, her family, her friends, all women and to everyone I have hurt, angered and disappointed.

"In addition to my insensitivity I showed tremendous lack of judgment," he went on. "I hope that my eight years of work dedicated to finding justice for the weak will show my true nature and that in time I will be forgiven for my hurtful statements, which I did not mean at all."

After it was revealed that Logan was brutally beaten and sexually assaulted while covering the Egypt revolution, Rosen Twittered Wednesday, ""Lara Logan had to outdo Anderson [Cooper]…Yes yes its wrong what happened to her. Of course. I don't support that. But, it would have been funny if it happened to Anderson too."

He also called Logan, who is the CBS News' chief foreign correspondent, a "major war monger."

He later deleted some of the comments, but not before The Atlantic and Fox News called him out.

Logan left the hospital Tuesday.

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