Journo: Lara Logan Assault Would Have Been Funny If...

...it happened to Anderson Cooper, Nir Rosen tweets

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 16, 2011 9:47 AM CST | Updated Feb 16, 2011 11:17 AM CST

(Newser) – A journalist who's written on foreign policy for the New Yorker, Time, and the New York Times is under fire after making light of Lara Logan's assault in Egypt, and has now resigned his position as an NYU fellow, the National Review notes. Nir Rosen, who also once contributed footage to an Oscar-nominated documentary about the Middle East, tweeted, then apparently deleted, "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," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

He later 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" and "look, she was probably groped like thousands of other women, which is still wrong, but if it was worse than i'm sorry." But it wasn't long before he backtracked, at first not sounding entirely sincere ("ah f*** it, i apologize for being insensitive, its always wrong, thats obvious, but i'm rolling my eyes at all the attention she will get") before realizing, in his own words, that "twitter is not exactly private" and posting a lengthier apology calling his remarks "insensitive and offensive" and a "joke" that got out of hand.

In this Feb. 11, 2011 photo released by CBS, 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan is shown covering the reaction in in Cairo's Tahrir Square the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down.
In this Feb. 11, 2011 photo released by CBS, "60 Minutes" correspondent Lara Logan is shown covering the reaction in in Cairo's Tahrir Square the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down.   (AP Photo/CBS News)
Honoree/CBS News Correspondent Lara Logan on stage during the 2007 'Glamour Women of The Year' award ceremony at Lincoln Center on November 5, 2007 in New York City.
Honoree/CBS News Correspondent Lara Logan on stage during the 2007 'Glamour Women of The Year' award ceremony at Lincoln Center on November 5, 2007 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
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