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
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)

(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.

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truth33
Feb 19, 2011 3:14 AM CST
Rush Limbaugh said "he did not feel sorry for the journalist" Ann Coulter allegedly said "she could think of a few more things that should happen to journalist" so Rosen is in step with his idols. I just wonder how she got seperated from the cameraman? Also, there is no reports saying she was actually raped, was she? I heard the men were Mubarak men mixed in with the crowd. I just pray she will be okay.
woonsocket
Feb 17, 2011 6:53 PM CST
So Nir Rosen is no longer able to conceal the fact that he is a semi-literate idiot. A good idea is to turn Egypt into one big nuclear weapons test bed. Seriously...would antbody REALLY miss 84 million wastes of space ????
joecarrsr
Feb 17, 2011 2:10 PM CST
Writers can only write like this if they are not in the middle of the confrontation themselves. They are cowards in journalists clothing.Think about this.