[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]
CBS News has released a statement that one of its reporters was sexually assaulted. To quote from their official statement:
On Friday, Feb. 11, the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS chief foreign 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.
There will be no further comment from CBS News and correspondent Logan and her family respectfully request privacy at this time.
Nobody else seems to know more than this and of course “brutal and sustained sexual assault” could mean several things. LA Weekly claims she was repeatedly raped, but they seem to be assuming that this is what CBS news is saying. That is less than clear. I would add that the LA Weekly article is downright creepy in the way it was written.
There isn’t much more to say that that. Either you get that this is self-evidently evil, whatever it was exactly, or you don’t. Let’s hope that she suffered as little as possible, and recovers quickly and fully.
Finally Hot Air speculates intelligently that “[i]n an ideal world the army would have shot the attackers on the spot, but you can imagine the chaos that would have broken out in the Square if Egyptian soldiers suddenly started firing on people.” Whether it will change how these things are covered is less clear. I suspect that for the networks the answer in the future is just more security. But they will never stop showing that front line coverage.
Update: What is so deformed in some people that a thing like this happens and the first thoughts is on the political implications, or on the political positions of the victim? Read here, if you have the stomach.
Update (II): More on that scumbag from the last update, here.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]