Nir Rosen Resigns After He Makes Controversial Comments About Lara Logan

Written by Michael Lambarde on Feb. 17, 2011

By now, it is no secret that Lara Logan was assaulted while she was reporting for “60 Minutes” in Egypt. Shortly after the news made national headlines, and while Logan is still in the hospital, a journalist from New York University’s Center on Law and Security, Nir Rosen, made derogatory comments about Logan on his Twitter account. Shortly after, he resigned.

PHOTOS: Shots of Lara Logan from Egypt moments before she was assaulted

Karen J. Greenberg, Executive Director at New York University’s Center on Law and Security issued the following 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 He has apologized, withdrawn his remarks, and submitted his resignation as a fellow, which I have accepted.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.”

Rosen posted crude remarks on his Twitter page about the brutal sexual assault and beating Logan sustained while on assignment in Egypt for CBS. Referring to CNN journalist Anderson Cooper, and retired General Stanley Allen McChrystal, Rosen tweeted, “Lara Logan had to outdo Anderson. Where was her buddy McCrystal.” “Yes yes its 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 said in another 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,” he said. He continued, “Look, she was probably groped like thousands of other women, which is still wrong, but if it was worse than [sic] I’m sorry.”

While some of the tweets were deleted by Rosen, they had already been captured and reported by others. He later tweeted, “but there is no point following me, i am done tweeting. too ashamed of how i have hurt others and the false impression i gave of who i am.”

Photos: CBS News’ Lara Logan reporting from Egypt moments before she was assaulted, plus other photos of her throughout her career


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