NYU Fellow Resigns After "Cruel" Tweets About Lara Logan
A New York University fellow and journalist has resigned after making "cruel and insensitive" remarks about Lara Logan's sexual attack in Egypt.
Shortly after CBS announced Logan's attack Tuesday, Nir Rosen — who has written about foreign policy for The New Yorker and The New York Times, and filmed footage to the Oscar-nominated documentary No End In Sight — tweeted "Lara Logan had to outdo Anderson [Cooper] ... 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 added that Logan, CBS News' chief foreign affairs correspondent, is a "major war monger" and that she was "probably groped like thousands of other women."
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"Nir Rosen is always provocative, but he crossed the line with his comments about Lara Logan. I am deeply distressed by what he wrote about Ms. Logan and strongly denounce his comments," Karen J. Greenberg, director at NYU's Center for Law and Security, said in a statement Wednesday. "They were cruel and insensitive and completely unacceptable."
The tweets have since been deleted and Rosen tweeted an apology.
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"As someone who's devoted his career to defending victims and supporting justice, I'm very ashamed for my insensitive and offensive comments," he http://twitter.com/nirrosen. "I offer my deepest apologies to Ms. Logan, her friends and her family. I never meant to hurt anyone."
"Mr. Rosen tells me that he misunderstood the severity of the attack on her in Cairo," Greenberg added. "He has apologized, withdrawn his remarks, and submitted his resignation as a fellow, which I have accepted.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."
Logan is recovering at a U.S. hospital.