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February 16, 2011

Nir Rosen, "Journalist" and NYU Fellow Who Delighted in Lara Logan's Rape, Tenders His Resignation, Which Is Immediately Accepted

Fellow, but not gentleman.

Real-time communication is a trap for the vicious. Give an asshole an outlet with no editor and he'll do what assholes do when they're not being monitored.

"Lara Logan had to outdo Anderson," Rosen tweeted, referring to the CNN correspondent, who was reportedly punched in the head multiple times while covering the recent demonstrations in Egypt.

Rosen went on, insisting it would be humorous if Anderson too had been sexually assaulted.

"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."

From there, his posts only got worse.

The tweet, "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," was followed by, "Look, she was probably groped like thousands of other women."

Anger Is Not Your Friend.

He offered his resignation, which I have to imagine wasn't an offer so much as an acquiescence to a demand.

A woman at NYU's "Law and Security" Center (which sounds like a MiniTruth sort of name to me) wrote:

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 He has apologized, withdrawn his remarks, and submitted his resignation as a fellow, which I have accepted.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.

Guy was getting his yucks over a gang-rape because he was still angry about Logan once saying nice things about US troops' protecting Iraqi citizens (and her assertion they were saving lives). Overall, checking out old clips, her reportage and take seem to be what we'd call "standard liberal" (although I have to say her defense of the media for reporting the "bad news" in Iraq and not the "good news" was more sensible than most), so Nir Rosen was basically attacking a fellow liberal journalist who'd been raped over one or two off-message reports. She deviated from The Narrative once or twice, and that's enough to call her a war-monger.



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