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Not reporting because if would be "Upsetting the Religion of Peace?"

Posted by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 8:10 AM
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CBS complicit in news coverup

By Michael Graham  |   Thursday, February 17, 2011  

Dateline — Egypt:
“[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.”
Powerful reporting on an important story. Two problems: It didn’t run until yesterday, and CBS didn’t run it. The quote is from the New York Post. And it was The Wall Street Journal that reported “the separation and assault lasted roughly 20 to 30 minutes.”
But CBS? They sat on their own story. For five days, as reporters reveled amid giddy celebrations in Tahrir Square, and as President Obama praised President Obama’s handling of the Egyptian crisis, CBS reported nothing.
Only when other media had the story did CBS break the news that its own chief foreign correspondent was the victim of “a brutal and sustained sexual assault.”
Five days of silence — not even “60 Minutes” coverage of the Egypt story. No mention of the “mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy” who attacked their own reporter.
How is that not news?
Some women journalists, like WGBH’s Callie Crossley, complain that CBS should never have reported the story, that Logan should be treated like a rape victim in the United States. But I’m with liberal columnist Richard Cohen of The Washington Post:
“The sexual assault of a woman in the middle of a public square is a story  . . .  particularly because the crowd in Tahrir Square was almost invariably characterized as friendly and out for nothing but democracy,” Cohen wrote.
Watching the same complicit media we all saw, Cohen notes most journalists covered the mobs “as if they were reporting from Times Square on New Year’s Eve, stopping only at putting on a party hat.”
Even CBS’s own statement said Logan was “covering the jubilation” and was attacked “amidst the celebration.”
Having 200 “good guys” gang assault a female reporter while screaming “Jew! Jew!” doesn’t fit the narrative. Is that why CBS sat on the story?
Or is it the cultural issue? A rape in a bar is a sex crime. But a pack of political protesters who rape a “Jew” in public is a story about culture.
Rapes happen everywhere, it’s true. And political protests are a global phenomenon, too. But as Slate.com’s Rachel Larimore says, “there’s a huge difference between flipping over a truck and spraying friends with beer and prying a woman away from her security detail and sexually assaulting her.”
Larimore wonders if “Logan’s attack [is] an anomaly, or is it to be expected from men raised in a culture that treats women as lesser citizens?”
I would point her to the 2008 broadcast on the Al-Aribiya network of a female (!) lawyer arguing that it’s OK for Muslim men to sexually assault Israeli women, because the Jews have “raped the land.” Or this week’s story of Hena, the 14-year-old Bangladeshi girl raped by a family member, then sentenced to 100 lashes by Muslim authorities for having sex out of wedlock. After 80 lashes, Hena died.
There are stories like this — and Logan’s — every week, all with the same cultural denominator.
For the record, Logan isn’t Jewish. And because she’s not Muslim, there’s no possibility she’ll face the lash.
But Lara Logan is a story. Why did CBS work so hard not to tell it?

Article URL: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/opinion/op_ed/view.bg?articleid=1317384

by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 8:10 AM
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Sofiabug
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 10:13 AM
Its a different culture, a different way of life. Being
raised in American culture it is almost impossible
to understand or comprehend. It is suprising that it
was kept out of media? Not at all since the
headlines that were selling was how peaceful the
protests were. Thats not very peaceful.
It is sick what happened to Ms Logan but not
suprising. She knew she at greater risk being a
woman, and even worse an western woman. She is
lucky to haved survived.
What is sadder is the faceless, nameless everyday
woman who lives in that reality with no way of
preventing it from happening to her, knowing that
if it does she could be very harshly punished.
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imamomzilla
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 10:13 AM

 Ugh. Barbarians.

I hope the physical and emotional wounds heal quickly for that poor woman. If that is possible. :-(

V.Dubbya
by Valley on Feb. 20, 2011 at 10:32 AM
I don't know how the story broke or how Logan felt about releasing such terrifying details about her experience but perhaps CBS was trying to protect their employee as she recovered from her ordeal.
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Thomigirl
by Platinum Member on Feb. 20, 2011 at 11:18 AM

aaaand cue the Muslim bashing.  This opinion piece it bullshit.

katzmeow726
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 12:16 PM

 I wouldn't jump on CBS to quickly.  How do we know they weren't tyring to protect her, or that she may have requested that they keep it quiet?

Kaelansmom
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Blog??? Really?

There could be any number of reasons that they chose not to run the story.. two being, she either asked them to wait or they were choosing to respect her and let her heal before that.

How would you feel if you turned on the news and continuously saw and heard your rape on tv? Knowing that the whole world would witness as well?

ah well, some will never understand... it is like talking to a brick wall

stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Feb. 20, 2011 at 1:20 PM

Larimore wonders if “Logan’s attack [is] an anomaly, or is it to be expected from men raised in a culture that treats women as lesser citizens?”

The above quote sticks out for me.  Is it really the opinion of the journalist that rape is more prevalent in Egypt than it is in the US?  Because it is not.  This piece is just more Muslim bashing.  What happened to this reporter is sick and animalistic.  It is the result of criminals taking advantage of a situation to not get caught. 

stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Feb. 20, 2011 at 1:24 PM

AND....if we in the US really care about the oppression of women in other countries, the support of a Democratic process where everyone gets a voice is the proven best way to go.

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Feb. 20, 2011 at 2:03 PM


Quoting stacymomof2:

AND....if we in the US really care about the oppression of women in other countries, the support of a Democratic process where everyone gets a voice is the proven best way to go.

Well said.

bow down


Margroc24
by Silver Member on Feb. 20, 2011 at 2:06 PM

This article has been posted before. The writer of this piece is a bigoted asshat and has been fired numerous times for his offensive and bigoted statements.

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Graham has been involved in various controversies over his career.

  • In July 2005, Graham used Islam and terrorism as the basis for a multi-day discussion on his WMAL talk radio show. A number of Graham's comments prompted over one hundred complaints to the station and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) issued action alerts to its subscribers encouraging them to contact WMAL to urge that "Graham be reprimanded for his anti-Islam statements",ultimately prompting WMAL to suspend him. After 28 days, WMAL elected to terminate Graham stating that he violated station policy and disregarded "management direction" to redress the situation. The situation prompted angry editorials from Graham as well as appearances on nationally televised news programs to discuss the firing.
  • Graham attended a rally to protest the Real ID Act, sponsored by Casa de Maryland in May 2005. He was photographed in an INS shirt, and was blocked from entering the event even as he showed ABC Radio credentials, with officials citing public safety. An altercation ensued, and police were called, with a second altercation occurring following their arrival. After questioning, Graham was allowed to enter the event with his shirt turned inside out.
  • Graham was fired from his first commercial talk-radio job at WBT in Charlotte, North Carolina after comments he made on-air in the wake of the Columbine massacre in 1999.
  • Graham drew criticism from blogs on the Left and the Right for comments about Bill and Hillary Clinton made on CNN Headline News' Glenn Beck Show on June 20, 2007. Referring to a Clinton campaign ad based on the final episode of The Sopranos, Graham said "...didn't you at some point want to see, like, Paulie Walnuts, somebody come in here and just whack them both right there? Wouldn't that have been great?...Come on! Where's "Big Pussy"? Come on! Let's make it happen...I wanted that." Beck did not agree with Graham's comments.

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