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Friday, April 29, 2011

Lara Logan to be on 60 Minutes Sunday

Those of you near television sets with access to US stations may want to watch CBS on Sunday night. They will be interviewing one of their own, Lara Logan, who will be talking about her sexual assault at the hands of Egyptian predators in Cairo's Tahrir Square in February (Hat Tip: Soccer Dad).
Ms. Logan, a CBS News correspondent, was in the square preparing a report for “60 Minutes” on Feb. 11 when the celebratory mood suddenly turned threatening. She was ripped away from her producer and bodyguard by a group of men who tore at her clothes and groped and beat her body. “For an extended period of time, they raped me with their hands,” Ms. Logan said in an interview with The New York Times. She estimated that the attack lasted for about 40 minutes and involved 200 to 300 men.

Ms. Logan, who returned to work this month, is expected to speak at length about the assault on “60 Minutes” on Sunday night.


“There was a moment that everything went wrong,” she recalled.

As the cameraman, Richard Butler, was swapping out a battery, Egyptian colleagues who were accompanying the camera crew heard men nearby talking about wanting to take Ms. Logan’s pants off. She said: “Our local people with us said, ‘We’ve gotta get out of here.’ That was literally the moment the mob set on me.”

Mr. Butler, Ms. Logan’s producer, Max McClellan, and two locally hired drivers were “helpless,” Mr. Fager said, “because the mob was just so powerful.” A bodyguard who had been hired to accompany the team was able to stay with Ms. Logan for a brief period of time.

“For Max,” the producer, “to see the bodyguard come out of the pile without her, that was one of the worst parts,” Mr. Fager said. He said Ms. Logan “described how her hand was sore for days after — and then she realized it was from holding on so tight” to the bodyguard’s hand.

“My clothes were torn to pieces,” Ms. Logan said.

She declined to go into more detail about the assault but said: “What really struck me was how merciless they were. They really enjoyed my pain and suffering. It incited them to more violence.”


Before the assault, Ms. Logan said, she did not know about the levels of harassment and abuse that women in Egypt and other countries regularly experienced. “I would have paid more attention to it if I had had any sense of it,” she said. “When women are harassed and subjected to this in society, they’re denied an equal place in that society. Public spaces don’t belong to them. Men control it. It reaffirms the oppressive role of men in the society.”
I'm a bit surprised that CBS didn't brief her as to Egypt's often sordid treatment of women before it sent her there.

Read the whole thing. I will try to post the 60 Minutes segment on Monday morning, assuming that it is embeddable.

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At 12:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, this would be an understandable reaction to the perfidy of American Zionist hegemony, or, wait, the cruel and merciless legacy of Orientalist and colonialist oppression, oh wait, because Western women are just whores who deserve what they get, ok, no, because all women are sinful inciters of lust, no not that, ah, because Arab Islamic culture is backward, savage and undermined by manic depressive swings between docile repression and uncontrollable explosions of base emotions.

Yeah, that would be it.

At 1:24 AM, Blogger Nomadic100 said...


You are surprised that CBS didn't brief Lara Logan before she went to Egypt. I am surprised that Ms. Logan was evidently so uneducated about the culture of the country, then in turmoil, where she was going to work as a reporter on the ground. CBS is a liberal outfit (Bob Schieffer today called Donald Trump a racist)and no one wants to malign Muslims, of course. The "freedom fighters" are still Muslims and have all the values of that remarkable religion.

At 4:51 AM, Blogger Foxmuldar Blog said...

I hope that Miss Logan doesn't refrain from mentioning that they were not only Egyptian savages that raped and beat her, but Muslims. We know how Muslims treat their women, and we have see how Muslims in Europe have now begun to threaten women in the UK with death if they don't cover their heads. Muslims are Imbreads, marrying their cousins and other relatives. What a sick ideology.

Hopefully Lara Logan doesn't pull any punches. Anything but the full truth about these savages that brutalized her would be an insult to all women.

At 5:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm more surprised that she didn't bother to learn about how women fare in Egypt herself, without prompting from her bosses.


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