In coverage of sexual assault of Logan by Cairo mob, media continues its pattern of concealing Muslim behavior that contradicts benevolent image of Islam

John Hagan writes:

The New York Post story today makes it clear that CBS News had no intention of releasing information on the sexual assault of its head foreign correspondent Lara Logan. They were going to cover this up.

So was CBS concerned about Logan’s privacy, or were they concerned about the political implications of the attack?

LA replies:

I think that such concerns about a female victim’s privacy only come up when the perpetrators belong to a group about which negative truths are not supposed to be said.

The Post’s coverage also contains this information: “In Friday’s attack, she was separated from her colleagues and attacked for between 20 to 30 minutes, The Wall Street Journal said.”

Here is the Post article:

CBS reporter’s Cairo nightmare

“60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan was repeatedly sexually assaulted by thugs yelling, “Jew! Jew!” as she covered the chaotic fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo’s main square Friday, CBS and sources said yesterday.

The TV crew with Logan, who is also the network’s chief foreign correspondent, had its cameras rolling moments before she was dragged off—and caught her on tape looking tense and trying to head away from a crowd of men behind her in Tahrir Square.

“Logan was covering the jubilation … when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration,” CBS said in a statement. “It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into a frenzy.

“In the crush of the mob, [Logan] 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,” the network added. “She is currently in the hospital recovering.”

A network source told The Post that her attackers were screaming, “Jew! Jew!” during the assault. And the day before, Logan had told that Egyptian soldiers hassling her and her crew had accused them of “being Israeli spies.” Logan is not Jewish.

In Friday’s attack, she was separated from her colleagues and attacked for between 20 to 30 minutes, The Wall Street Journal said.

Her injuries were described to The Post as “serious.”

CBS went public with the incident only after it became clear that other media outlets were on to it, sources said.

“A call came in from The [Associated Press]” seeking information, a TV-industry source told The Post. “They knew she had been attacked, and they had details. CBS decided to get in front of the story.”

Most network higher-ups didn’t even know how brutal the sexual assault was until a few minutes before the statement went out.

“We were surprised it stayed quiet” as long as it did, one source said.

Another source insisted that Logan was “involved in the process” of deciding whether to make her attack public, and ultimately understood why the statement had to be released.

The horrific incident came a week after the 39-year-old reporter was temporarily detained by Egyptian police amid tensions over foreign coverage of the country’s growing revolution.

As part of the anti-media backlash, CNN’s Anderson Cooper had also been roughed up, and ABC correspondent Brian Hartman had been threatened with beheading.

“[Logan] was not in the country for long—she’d been thrown out, if you remember—and had just gone back in,” one source said.

“She had security with her, but it wasn’t enough.”

Before the attack, Logan—who is based in Washington, where she lives with her 2-year-old daughter and husband—had been set to return to the States sometime over the weekend to tape a “60 Minutes” segment on Wael Ghonim.

Ghonim, Google’s head of marketing in the Middle East, had been briefly kidnapped after helping to organize protesters.

But after she was assaulted, Logan went back to her hotel, and within two hours—sometime late Friday and into early Saturday—was flown out of Cairo on a chartered network jet, sources said.

She wasn’t taken to a hospital in Egypt because the network didn’t trust local security there, sources said.

And neither CBS nor Logan reported the crime to Egyptian authorities because they felt they couldn’t trust them, either, the sources said. “The way things are there now, they would have ended up arresting her again,” one source said.

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Charles T. writes:

I am deeply disturbed by this attack on Logan.

I hate democracy and this incident illustrates why. Democracy is mob rule either by vote or by force. Some will argue that voting and force are one and the same. The mob outvoted Logan 200 to 1. Her life was probably saved by the Egyptian soldiers who rescued her from the democracy of the protesters.

And further, she was assaulted in an Islamic country that will soon be under Sharia, if it is not already so. A commenter at Thinking Housewife made this point well. Sharia law would condemn her. She was in a very desparate situation and is fortunate to be alive. I hope this will convince Westerners that we need to separate from Islam. I would also like to think that Western women would start to understand that they are nothing but a piece of meat to Islamic men. I will not be holding my breath for the short term.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at February 16, 2011 10:49 AM | Send

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