Lara Logan's Assault 'Would Have Been Funny if it Happened to Anderson Cooper,' Journalist Tweets
Nir Rosen, who shot footage for an Oscar-nominated documentary, and has written prolifically on foreign policy for the New Yorker, comes under fire after posting angry Twitter messages about the CNN and CBS News correspondents.
NYU Fellow and journalist Nir Rosen unleashed an angry tirade on his Twitter account after hearing Lara Logan had been brutally attacked and sexually assaulted while covering the Egypt revolution.
"Lara Logan had to outdo Anderson [Cooper]," wrote Rosen, who, according to his website, has written prolifically on foreign policy in Time, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker and New York Times, among other outlets. His contributed footage to documentary No End in Sight, which was nominated for an Oscar and won an award in Sundance. "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." (Cooper also reacted to Logan's assault.)
In subsequent messages, he added, "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" wrote Rosen. "Look, she was probably groped like thousands of other women, which is still wrong, but if it was worse than [sic] I'm sorry."
He later deleted some of the comments, but not before The Atlantic and Fox News called him out.
Logan was set upon by a mob in Tahrir Square on Feb. 11, the day President Hosni Mubarak announced his resignation.
Logan was separated from her crew 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 eventually managed to reconnect 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.
CBS News says no further comment will be made and Logan's family respectfully request privacy at this time.