Friday, February 18, 2011

The Assault on Lara Logan - a Case of Cognitive Dissonance

Lara Logan, a CBS reporter of whom I was never too familiar with, was sexually assaulted while covering the events on Tahrir square. After being immediately flown out of Cairo back to New York, Lara has since recovered from her injuries, which were deemed serious, reunited with her family and returned to work.

Lara is coming out as quite a remarkable person.

In an interview she said: 

"We were detained by the Egyptian army," Logan told Esquire. "Arrested, detained, and interrogated. Blindfolded, handcuffed, taken at gunpoint, our driver beaten. It's the regime that arrested us. They arrested [our producer] just outside of his hotel, and they took him off the road at gunpoint, threw him against the wall, handcuffed him, blindfolded him. Took him into custody like that."
Logan continued to say, "They blindfolded me, but they said if I didn't take it off they wouldn't tie my hands. They kept us in stress positions-they wouldn't let me put my head down. It was all through the night. We were pretty exhausted... We were accused of being Israeli spies. We were accused of being agents. We were accused of everything," Logan said.
So it looks as though she was assaulted by the army and not by unruly mob of demonstrators as was initially thought. But the most disturbing issue surrounding this is the disgusting cognitive dissonance of western liberals.
Being detained by the army does not exactly translate as being detained by the regime, but it is also quite different from what was initially said. But during the few days where it was believed that she was assaulted by the 'pro-democracy' demonstrators, she underwent a quite embarrassing attack by her western colleagues.

Logan's crime was being attacked by a group of people who according to the western liberal narrative were supposed to be kind, idealistic souls, just like they are. This event has shaken the narrative to the core and reminded us that Egypt can still not be viewed through our rosy pink goggles.

Perhaps the most notable rebuke of Logan came from former Israeli and ardent Jew-turned-genocidal antisemite, Nir Rosen:
"[L]ara logan had to outdo anderson. Where was her buddy mccrystal?" he reportedly posted to his Twitter, referencing recent attacks against CNN correspondent Anderson Cooper, who was punched in the head repeatedly while covering protests in Cairo.
Rosen only dug his hole deeper as he tried to defend himself to his Twitter followers and the media.
"[J]esus [C]hrist, 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 via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly after, Rosen's career was derailed, hopefully for good. People like him should not have the pleasure of making a comfortable living spewing this hatred. He is a type of person that should sweep gutters in order to avoid starvation.

On a totally different note, Catherine Forsythe decried the lack of coverage from Al-Jazeera:

For the coverage of the revolt in Egypt, Al Jazeera had been exceptional. The stories were filed in an expedient manner and were insightful. It was obvious that Al Jazeera had a well placed network of reporters to cover a major historical event in its main region of coverage. International news services monitored Al Jazeera for breaking news and a unique, timely perspective of the conflict in Egypt.
The Al Jazeera approach to the Lara Logan incident is nothing. There is not any mention of the horrid incident involving Ms Logan. On the main page of the English speaking site of Al Jazeera, there is a search function for its web pages. Entering "Lara Logan" [without quote marks] in the search function yields one (1) result.  The result is a February 2007 news story which mentions Ms Logan:
"...  In this week's main feature we follow foreign correspondent Lara Logan's stand against American network CBS. Logan produced a piece called Battle for Haifa Street about violence on the streets of Baghdad. The network refused to run it deeming it "too strong". In frustration Logan sent out an email to friends and colleagues stating the segment was too important to ignore."
I do not understand why Ms Forsythe is surprised. Al-Jazeera have been lately trying to foster an image that they are an honest broker when it comes to international news. They are not, they are a mouthpiece to the Emir of Qatar and his revolutionary ideology. That's why a democratic revolution in Iran does not receive too much coverage, neither does the Logan event, which would introduce cracks into the narrative they are trying to promote among western audiences.


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