CBS’ chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan has not yet publicly addressed the brutal assault she experienced in Egypt while covering President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation over a week ago. However, new details are emerging of the horrific attack.
Lara Logan was covering the jubilant event on February 11th with her 60 Minutes crew in Tahrir Square. She was separated from her crew and security amidst the frenzy and attacked by a crowd of 200 men. According to the New York Post, Logan was stripped and beaten with poles. Reports reportedly reveal that the 39-year-old reporter was not only whipped by makeshift flagpoles but also kicked, punched, pinched and pulled by her hair during the celebration. The crowd also chanted “Jew, Jew, Jew” and accused her of being a spy. Though it shouldn’t matter at all, Logan is not Jewish or from Israel. She was born in South Africa and I don’t know or care what her religious beliefs are.
South Africa’s Independent Online reports that Logan told relatives in her native Durban, South Africa of her “darkest nightmare” reportedly saying, “The attack was so sudden, I had no chance of escaping.” Logan also reportedly told colleagues that a group of Egyptian women protected her from being raped by throwing themselves on top of her. Twenty soldiers then escorted her back to her hotel in Cairo.
A CBS News source says “It may be a while” before Lara returns to work, explaining, “Psychologically, obviously, she is suffering from this.”
Yet, despite the horrific attack that clearly traumatized Lara Logan, people are still unfairly critical of the reporter. Readers’ comments under stories about Logan are even more brutal than the actual attack, I am sure. Every justification under the sun has been used by readers desperate to cling to some reason why the attack on Logan was okay. It is frightening commentary on America’s view of women. It seems instead of progressing, women’s rights have been set back. It is clear that American lawmakers do not value women’s rights so it would make sense that Americans, in general, no longer value women’s rights.
On The Web
- CBS Reporter Lara Logan Brutally Assaulted During Egypt Protests (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Debbie Schlussel: I Hope Lara Logan Enjoyed Her “Liberation” (outsidethebeltway.com)
- CBS News Correspondent Lara Logan Sexually Assaulted While Covering Egypt Revolution (deadline.com)
- CBS Reporter Lara Logan Sexually Assaulted During Egypt Protests (americanpowerblog.blogspot.com)
- Lara Logan of CBS News Assaulted in Egypt (wdok.radio.com)
- Jesus Take The Wheel: Details On Lara Logan’s Brutal Beating…She Was Stripped, Punched, Slapped, Pinched, & Beaten With Poles (bossip.com)