Revealed: CBS reporter victim of horrible assault in Tahrir Square (updated)
Not all was joy and good fellowship in Tahrir Square on the day President Mubarak resigned. CBS reporter Lara Logan was sexually assaulted by men in the crowd of unknown sympathies.
On Friday February 11, the day Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a 60 MINUTES story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy.In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently in the hospital recovering.
Update: Ronny Gordon writes from Israel:
More details emerge of this incident ("brutal and sustained attack"). Whythe delay in covering the story - and why the muted reporting? This happened a few days ago,in an area covered by dozens of cameras.media from all over the world must have known about it, maybe even have footage of it
David Paulin adds:
Lara Logan, chief foreign correspondent for CBS News, suffered "a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating" last Friday while covering Egypt's anti-government protests, according to a statement Tuesday from CBS News.
I wonder if she'll be a good Leftist and forgive her attackers, writing the gang-rape off as a difference in culture and just a side-effect of their euphoria of achieving "democracy"- it's their unusual way of celebrating, don't you know, beautiful in its own right. Only "racists" would think it was savagery.
Suggesting the veteran correspondent brought the attack on herself, the reader added:
Logan likely traveled to Cairo to cover the story in person, despite the hazards already demonstrated, because as a Leftist journalist this was her "Berlin wall" moment. She was likely ecstatic that a dictator was being overthrown by a mob calling for "democracy," all during Savior Obama's watch, blissfully ignorant of the fact that "democracy" in the Muslim world simply means having the right to elect a despotic leader that will be more fully committed to wiping out Israel and persecuting non-Muslims still living in their country.
Like other Western reporters in Egypt, Logan was trying to make sense of a chaotic situation, and like conservative and politcal reporters alike, she may well have projected political views onto the situation to make sense of it.