A journalist who has written for The New York Times Magazine and other major publications has apologized for commenting that it would have been “funny” if CNN reporter Anderson Cooper had been
targeted by the Egyptians who attacked CBS News’ Lara Logan.
Logan, CBS News’ chief foreign correspondent, was brutally beaten and sexually assaulted while covering the uprising in Cairo last week.
Nir Rosen, who has covered the war in Iraq extensively and contributed regularly to The Washington Post, Atlantic Monthly, the Boston Review, Harpers, and the New Yorker as well as The New York Times, suggested on Twitter that Logan was trying to outdo Cooper, who was attacked just days earlier.
"Lara Logan had to outdo Anderson . . . 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 also wrote that, “at a moment when [Logan] is going to become a martyr and glorified we should at least remember her role as a major war monger."
In an e-mail to the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday, Rosen apologized for the remarks:
"I deeply regret making insensitive but completely insincere jokes to a couple of friends on Twitter. I am deeply ashamed because they do not represent who I am, and I would like to convey my most heartfelt apologies to Ms. Logan, her family, her friends, all women and to everyone I have hurt, angered and disappointed.
"In addition to my insensitivity I showed tremendous lack of judgment. I hope that my eight years of work dedicated to finding justice for the weak will show my true nature and that in time I will be forgiven for my hurtful statements, which I did not mean at all."
Following his Twitter remarks, Rosen resigned his fellowship at the New York University Center on Law and Security.
Karen J. Greenberg, executive director of the center, said in a statement on Wednesday that Rosen “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.”
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