Most of us are reacting with shock and sadness after the news that CBS reporter Lara Logan was brutally beaten and sexually assaulted by a mob in Egypt.
But journalist Nir Rosen was able to see the silver lining of her horrific attack -- it makes for some great comedic material!
Rosen, a fellow at NYU Center for Law and Security and journalist who has extensively covered the Iraq war, took to Twitter on Tuesday to share with his followers some truly disturbing remarks about the assault.
He began by suggesting Logan was trying to "outdo Anderson" -- referring to Anderson Cooper who was also attacked in Egypt. And from there, the comments only got worse:
He insinuated that it would be funny if Cooper was sexually attacked:
Yes yes it's wrong what happened to her. Of course. I don't support that. But it would have been funny if it happened to Anderson too.
He accused Logan of being a warmonger:
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.
He trivialized her attack:
Look, she was probably groped like thousands of other women.
And, I don't even know how to preface this one:
Ah f--k it, I apologize for being insensitive, its always wrong, that's obvious, but I'm rolling my eyes at all the attention she will get.
Rosen later removed the offensive remarks, apologized, then departed Twitter altogether. He has resigned from the NYU Center for Law and Security. Executive Director Karen J. Greenberg accepted his resignation and issued this statement:
Nir Rosen is always provocative, but he crossed the line yesterday with his comments about Lara Logan. I am deeply distressed by what he wrote about Ms. Logan and strongly denounce his comments. They were cruel and insensitive and completely unacceptable. Mr. Rosen tells me that he misunderstood the severity of the attack on her in Cairo. He has apologized, withdrawn his remarks, and submitted his resignation as a fellow, which I have accepted. However, this in no way compensates for the harm his comments have inflicted. We are all horrified by what happened to Ms. Logan, and our thoughts are with her during this difficult time.
In the wake of this awful tragedy and appalling reaction from a fellow journalist, we are left to wonder:
What in the world was he thinking?
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