Lara Logan – she was asking for it

…at least LA Weekly seems to think she was.

It was reported today that Lara Logan, CBS reporter, was separated from her crew during the celebrations in Tahrir Square, Egypt, and was brutally beaten and sexually assaulted.

While this is certainly newsworthy, it is the type of news that should be handled with dignity and respect for Logan.  Her employers, CBS, managed to report the news with minimal invasiveness and appropriate tact.

LA Weekly took the opportunity to frame Logan as a homewrecking slut who was all but asking for it.

The paper’s headline – Lara Logan, CBS Reporter and Warzone ‘It Girl,’ Raped Repeatedly Amid Egypt Celebration – got them off to a fantastic start.  The paper went on to describe Logan as a journalist known for her “shocking good looks”, a point punctuated by the sexy photo deeming her a ‘firecracker‘.

CBS Photo of Lara Logan in Egypt moments before she was brutally attacked

It didn’t stop there.  They also commented on her “Hollywood good looks“, described her as a “gutsy stunner” and “sexy siren“, reminded us she was a former swimsuit model and went on to describe the “passions” she experienced in Bagdhad.

LA Weekly's Lara Logan - siren, slut, homewrecker

Yes, that’s right. In an article about a woman’s sexual assault, LA Weekly decided to dig up old dirt about her alleged “homewrecking” of a local contractor’s marriage and subsequent love triangle including a fellow reporter.

LA Weekly should be ashamed for publishing such blatant trash.  The rhetoric used in the article reinforces the rape apologist’s argument that women essentially ask for their attacks by being beautiful, available, in the wrong place at the wrong time.  It also reinforces the unfortunately popular belief that situations like that in Egypt are much too dangerous for female reporters.  The last thing any news outlet should be doing when a woman, any woman, is assaulted is to turn what should be a simple report into an expose.  Shame on you, LA Weekly.  Sensationalism has no place in this horrible incident.

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For tactful coverage:

The New York Times

UPDATE:  Simone Wilson, author of the original LA Weekly article, has “apologized”.

The SparkNotes (my) version: Whoops, sorry guys! Seems I pissed a lot of people off by implying Lara was at fault for her own rape.  Don’t put all the blame on me, though. Salon.com did an article on it too (and they even quoted my silly un-hateful article)! Fox News went after some other dude who made comments that were probably worse than mine. Oh, and NPR deleted comments because they were super-rude.  Anyways, good for Logan for surviving.  xoxo.

Her words:

“Well! Never has this girl’s inbox been so thoroughly inundated with hatred. Scary stuff, guys.

Just so we’re clear: Rape is awful. Logan’s rape was not her fault. Nothing she did before or during the February 11 attack could have possibly invited or justified the heinous crime that was committed against her. And, just so we’re clear, nowhere in providing links to her highly publicized past did we mean to suggest those facts had somehow led to her assault.

Seriously though. We may be wordy and nosy and over-saturated, but we know our human rights.

True, Salon.com, apparently looking for its own hard-hitting approach to the day’s biggest story, did choose to take that angle — meanwhile reprinting about half our story on its own pages (enough said) — but that was another blogger’s choice.

Fox News, for its part, went after one prestigious New York University fellow and rampant Tweeter in particular, a somewhat public figure who made the mistake of thumbing out some disrespectful blurbs about war mongers and small humor and his own lack of sympathies.

And NPR apparently got so fed up with the hate speech in its comment stream that it resorted to deleting all the nasty ones.

But back to Logan.

We’re mostly just glad the “blonde reporter” is alive today, and hopefully recovering, hopefully well on her way back to fighting the good fight for truth, journalism and girls who happen to fall on the gorgeous side of the fight for truthful journalism.

Things are definitely looking up on that front, seeing as she had the guts to go public with the roughest story of all yesterday: her own.”

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  • The LA Weekly post was complete garbage. No one, under any circumstance, deserves to be sexually assaulted. Bringing up her personal life and commenting about her appearance has nothing to do with the situation at hand. Simone Wilson needs to focus about the real issue and that is being a victim of sexual abuse.

    • Anonymous

      I think we can both agree this has been a learning experience for Wilson. Judging by her comment, however, I think we can safely assume she doesn’t really understand where she went wrong.

  • The LA Weekly post was complete garbage. No one, under any circumstance, deserves to be sexually assaulted. Bringing up her personal life and commenting about her appearance has nothing to do with the situation at hand. Simone Wilson needs to focus about the real issue and that is being a victim of sexual abuse.

    • Anonymous

      I think we can both agree this has been a learning experience for Wilson. Judging by her comment, however, I think we can safely assume she doesn’t really understand where she went wrong.

  • At least she wasn’t wearing a skimpy skirt and showed cleavage and then she would have really been asking for it.

    But in all seriousness, this disgusting act was made by the lowest of criminals. If you check youtube out, they’re blaming Egyptians, Muslims, etc. when it probably is one (or more) of the 7000 criminals who escaped the prisons during the riots. I really hope they catch those responsible.

    • Anonymous

      It’s unfortunate that they’re turning this into an opportunity for Islamophobia rather than an opportunity to shed light on the realities of sexual assault and the danger that all reporters and journalists put themselves in to provide us with the news.

      Hopefully, with all the media around, the people responsible are caught.

  • At least she wasn’t wearing a skimpy skirt and showed cleavage and then she would have really been asking for it.

    But in all seriousness, this disgusting act was made by the lowest of criminals. If you check youtube out, they’re blaming Egyptians, Muslims, etc. when it probably is one (or more) of the 7000 criminals who escaped the prisons during the riots. I really hope they catch those responsible.

    • Anonymous

      It’s unfortunate that they’re turning this into an opportunity for Islamophobia rather than an opportunity to shed light on the realities of sexual assault and the danger that all reporters and journalists put themselves in to provide us with the news.

      Hopefully, with all the media around, the people responsible are caught.

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  • Bob

    FUCK THAT CUNT

  • Well-said. Mainstream journalism (in the US at least) has been subverted by powerful corporations who buy up every media outlet available, slash their budgets, dismiss (or lose) the professionals and stick with the hacks. The ‘writer’ of the Weekly article seems to be damning Logan for actually having journalistic integrity – and how dare she be a beautiful woman, as well? How dare she be a woman with a mind? ‘Journalism’ today belongs in the 1890s – that seems to be where it’s channeled from.

    • Anonymous

      This definitely seems to be a case where a more ‘green’ reporter was allowed to post without some serious editorial comment. Hopefully she’ll learn from this experience and be more tactful in the future. She could certainly learn a lot from Logan.

  • Well-said. Mainstream journalism (in the US at least) has been subverted by powerful corporations who buy up every media outlet available, slash their budgets, dismiss (or lose) the professionals and stick with the hacks. The ‘writer’ of the Weekly article seems to be damning Logan for actually having journalistic integrity – and how dare she be a beautiful woman, as well? How dare she be a woman with a mind? ‘Journalism’ today belongs in the 1890s – that seems to be where it’s channeled from.

    • Anonymous

      This definitely seems to be a case where a more ‘green’ reporter was allowed to post without some serious editorial comment. Hopefully she’ll learn from this experience and be more tactful in the future. She could certainly learn a lot from Logan.

  • You always fear coming off as a ranter, but…

    You would certainly hope/expect major media outlets to consider the consequences of their coverage. Reporting, certainly the variety Ms. Logan is involved in, is a dangerous business at times. However, it is necessary work, and a commitment to sharing the stories of people involved in a situation like the revolution in Egypt is an act of professional bravery that highlights evolving realities of human condition. This is not a lighting rod for sexual allegation and reminders that we are “not invincible.”

    The appropriate response is one of regret for her circumstance, a thank you for her incredible work, and well wishes for a full physical and psychological recovery.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the comment, Kevin. At the end of the day, you kind of hope there’s a sort of camaraderie between reporters and media outlets that binds them to featuring their fellow reporters in the best light. Unfortunately, as we saw with LA Weekly, that’s not always the case.

      I’m glad that so many other media outlets and reporters decided to, like you, respond by thanking Logan for her work and wishing her well in her recovery.

  • You always fear coming off as a ranter, but…

    You would certainly hope/expect major media outlets to consider the consequences of their coverage. Reporting, certainly the variety Ms. Logan is involved in, is a dangerous business at times. However, it is necessary work, and a commitment to sharing the stories of people involved in a situation like the revolution in Egypt is an act of professional bravery that highlights evolving realities of human condition. This is not a lighting rod for sexual allegation and reminders that we are “not invincible.”

    The appropriate response is one of regret for her circumstance, a thank you for her incredible work, and well wishes for a full physical and psychological recovery.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the comment, Kevin. At the end of the day, you kind of hope there’s a sort of camaraderie between reporters and media outlets that binds them to featuring their fellow reporters in the best light. Unfortunately, as we saw with LA Weekly, that’s not always the case.

      I’m glad that so many other media outlets and reporters decided to, like you, respond by thanking Logan for her work and wishing her well in her recovery.

  • HobbesLocke

    This is an unfortunate set of circumstances but while not wishing to sound too sexist I must say that situations exist in which a man will be safer. The act itself is disgusting to say the least but the risks of her job especially in at such a volatile time in a volatile region should be well known to her by now. It is very unfortunate what has happened to This human being but in reality you cannot blame the LA weekly’s insistence that a male would have been safe in the situation because although he faced risk of assault, in this particular situation he would most likely have escaped sexual assault.

    • Anonymous

      I think you know where I stand on this. At the end of the day, no one was safe in that situation. Logan was unfortunate enough to get separated from the group of people she likely would have been most safe with, but at the end of the day criminals are criminals. If a criminal had set their sights on a male reporter with the intention of rape, or assault, they likely would have succeeded in that mob. I’m sure she knew the risks associated with her job as well as any other reporter. The fact of the matter is, she was brave enough to continue to provide the rest of us with the news during this volatile time.

  • HobbesLocke

    This is an unfortunate set of circumstances but while not wishing to sound too sexist I must say that situations exist in which a man will be safer. The act itself is disgusting to say the least but the risks of her job especially in at such a volatile time in a volatile region should be well known to her by now. It is very unfortunate what has happened to This human being but in reality you cannot blame the LA weekly’s insistence that a male would have been safe in the situation because although he faced risk of assault, in this particular situation he would most likely have escaped sexual assault.

    • Anonymous

      I think you know where I stand on this. At the end of the day, no one was safe in that situation. Logan was unfortunate enough to get separated from the group of people she likely would have been most safe with, but at the end of the day criminals are criminals. If a criminal had set their sights on a male reporter with the intention of rape, or assault, they likely would have succeeded in that mob. I’m sure she knew the risks associated with her job as well as any other reporter. The fact of the matter is, she was brave enough to continue to provide the rest of us with the news during this volatile time.

  • The LA post was rather … disheartening.
    It’s unfortunate that it is viewpoints like those that get the most “hits”.

    No one deserves to be violated like that.
    Especially at the heart of a scene that may cause a domino effect across the region in years to come.
    To paint the picture of someone who’s risking their life to enhance the information being streamed out of the region like that is .. disappointing to say the least.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the comment, Asad. Agree completely.
      I think one of the things I hate most about this is that Logan, who is very good at her job, is essentially being told she shouldn’t do what she loves – just because she’s female. I sincerely hope she goes back to work once she recovers.

  • The LA post was rather … disheartening.
    It’s unfortunate that it is viewpoints like those that get the most “hits”.

    No one deserves to be violated like that.
    Especially at the heart of a scene that may cause a domino effect across the region in years to come.
    To paint the picture of someone who’s risking their life to enhance the information being streamed out of the region like that is .. disappointing to say the least.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the comment, Asad. Agree completely.
      I think one of the things I hate most about this is that Logan, who is very good at her job, is essentially being told she shouldn’t do what she loves – just because she’s female. I sincerely hope she goes back to work once she recovers.

  • Merylstc

    This woman may not have been “asking for it” but she has shown no sensitivity towards the mores, culture and religion of the country she was in. If, as is usual with this female (I hesitate to use the word “lady”), she was attired in provocative clothes and wearing makeup) she has to share some blame for her fate. Hopefully this will be a lesson to her.

    • Oh yeah, her white sweatshirt and black t-shirt (as shown in the article) was so provocative.

    • Anonymous

      I think the only lesson Logan has to learn here is that people still feel the need to blame the victim. At the end of the day, she wasn’t attacked because she was a white woman dressed in whatever way, she was attacked because that’s what predators do – attack.

    • Colin Edwards

      Merylstc – I quite agree with you. I have witnessed disgraceful behaviour by semi-clad young white tramps parading themselves shamelessly in Muslim countries. They invite attention and worse.

  • Merylstc

    This woman may not have been “asking for it” but she has shown no sensitivity towards the mores, culture and religion of the country she was in. If, as is usual with this female (I hesitate to use the word “lady”), she was attired in provocative clothes and wearing makeup) she has to share some blame for her fate. Hopefully this will be a lesson to her.

    • Amanda Judd

      Oh yeah, her white sweatshirt and black t-shirt (as shown in the article) was so provocative.

    • Anonymous

      I think the only lesson Logan has to learn here is that people still feel the need to blame the victim. At the end of the day, she wasn’t attacked because she was a white woman dressed in whatever way, she was attacked because that’s what predators do – attack.

    • “she has shown no sensitivity towards the mores, culture and religion of the country she was in”

      …towards a religion that strictly forbids sex outside of marriage? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zina_(Arabic)

    • Colin Edwards

      Merylstc – I quite agree with you. I have witnessed disgraceful behaviour by semi-clad young white tramps parading themselves shamelessly in Muslim countries. They invite attention and worse.

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