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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Media insisted Egypt crowd was just good people wanting democracy. CBS reporter being brutally raped and called, 'Jew! Jew!' gives that the lie

"“The sexual assault of a woman in the middle of a public square is a story  . . .  particularly because the crowd in Tahrir Square was almost

  • invariably characterized as
  • friendly and out for
nothing but democracy,”"...

"Dateline — Egypt:

[60 Minutes] correspondent Lara Logan was repeatedly sexually assaulted by thugs

as she covered the chaotic fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo’s main square Friday.”

Powerful reporting on an important story. Two problems: It didn’t run until yesterday, and CBS didn’t run it. The quote is from the New York Post. And it was The Wall Street Journal that reported “the separation and assault lasted roughly 20 to 30 minutes.”

  • But CBS? They sat on their own story. For five days,

as reporters reveled amid giddy celebrations in Tahrir Square, and as President Obama praised President Obama’s handling of the Egyptian crisis, CBS reported nothing.

Only when other media had the story did CBS break the news that its own chief foreign correspondent was the victim of

Five days of silence — not even “60 Minutes” coverage of the Egypt story. No mention of the “mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy” who attacked their own reporter.

  • How is that not news?

Some women journalists, like WGBH’s Callie Crossley, complain that CBS should never have reported the story, that Logan should be treated like a rape victim in the United States. But I’m with liberal columnist

  • Richard Cohen of The Washington Post:

The sexual assault of a woman in the middle of a public square is a story  . . .  particularly because the crowd in Tahrir Square was almost invariably characterized as

  • friendly and out for

Watching the same complicit media we all saw, Cohen notes most journalists covered the mobs “as if they were reporting from Times Square on New Year’s Eve, stopping only at

  • putting on a party hat.”

Even CBS’s own statement said Logan was “covering the jubilation” and

  • was attacked “amidst the celebration.”

Having 200 “good guys” gang assault a female reporter while screaming

  • “Jew! Jew!” doesn’t fit the narrative.

Is that why CBS sat on the story?

Or is it the cultural issue? A rape in a bar is a sex crime. But a pack of political protesters who rape a “Jew” in public

Rapes happen everywhere, it’s true. And political protests are a global phenomenon, too. But as Slate.com’s Rachel Larimore says, “there’s a huge difference between flipping over a truck and spraying friends with beer and prying a woman away from her security detail

  • and sexually assaulting her.”

Larimore wonders if “Logan’s attack [is] an anomaly, or is it to be expected from men raised in a culture that treats women as lesser citizens?”

I would point her to the 2008 broadcast on the Al-Aribiya network of a female (!) lawyer arguing that

  • it’s OK for Muslim men to sexually assault Israeli women,

because the Jews have “raped the land.” Or this week’s story of Hena, the 14-year-old Bangladeshi girl raped by a family member, then sentenced to

  • After 80 lashes, Hena died.

There are stories like this — and Logan’s — every week,

  • all with the same cultural denominator.

For the record, Logan isn’t Jewish. And because she’s not Muslim, there’s no possibility she’ll face the lash.

But Lara Logan is a story. Why did CBS work so hard not to tell it?"

  • by Michael Graham
---------------------------------------------- The photo CNN aired blurred the faces of the men behind Logan for reasons unknown.

via Lucianne.com

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