The End Of Nir Rosen
Lara Logan is blonde, beautiful, and utterly fearless. The 60 Minutes correspondent has been covering the Egyptian uprising from Tahrir Square, at great personal risk. On the day Hosni Mubarak unleashed the Camels of Crackdown, and foreign reporters came under attack by regime supporters, she was detained by Egyptian security forces and forced to endure “a harrowing night of being held blindfolded and forced into a stress position,” according to a NY Daily News report. (Hey, has Illinois senator Dick Durbin compared those Egyptian security forces to Nazis yet, the way he described American soldiers at Guantanamo Bay?)
Logan did not flee Egypt after this experience. She was still in Tahrir Square to cover the jubilant celebration after Mubarak stepped down. According to a CBS News statement, she was surrounded by “a mob of more than 200 people whipped into a frenzy” and “suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers.” She is now safely back in the United States, at home with her husband and two kids, recovering from her injuries.
Logan’s horrifying experience and matchless courage did not impress Nir Rosen, a left-wing journalist and fellow at the New York University Center on Law and Security. Using Twitter, which is a loaded gun placed in the hands of idiots around the globe, he described her sexual assault as an effort to “outdo Anderson” – a reference to CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who was punched in the head during the earlier outbreak of violence against journalists. While later conceding “it’s wrong what happened to her,” and “I don’t support that,” he mused that it “would have been funny if it happened to Anderson too.” He dismissed the brutal sexual assault on Logan by saying “she was probably groped like thousands of other women.”
Why was Rosen – who has been published by the likes of Time and The New Yorker – so callous in his dismissal of fellow journalist Lara Logan’s ordeal? Because she was a “war monger.” As he said during a later, exasperated Tweet after he came under fire, “Jesus Christ, 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.” His contempt was earned by Logan’s defense of Afghanistan commander General Stanley McChrystal, after Rolling Stone ran a hit piece on him.
Rosen was initially annoyed by the firestorm of criticism against him, issuing a grudging and profanity-laced apology for “being insensitive” while insisting he was “rolling my eyes at all the attention she will get.” Eventually he downgraded his condition to “deeply ashamed,” offering “heartfelt apologies to Ms. Logan, her family, her friends, and all women too.” His last-ditch attempt to save his career ultimately failed, as he resigned from his fellowship at NYU this morning.
The Nir Rosen saga is the latest example of the Left’s doctrine of “conditional humanity,” in which the most vulgar and disgusting displays of contempt and hatred are acceptable against political and class enemies, because liberals reserve the right to rescind their humanity as punishment for dissent. Lara Logan was not a woman brutalized by a mob, or even a heroic journalist risking her life for a story, to Rosen. His reflexive response was to look at her politically inconvenient defense of designated liberal hate fetish Stanley McChrystal and devolve her from a woman, journalist, or human being into a “war monger” whose suffering amused him.
You get a lot of this garbage from the Left. Look at the clowns protesting outside the Koch Brothers estate, cheerfully calling for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to be returned to the fields as a farm slave, or hung by the neck until dead, along with his wife. Look at the paragons of tolerance and love who filled the Internet with death threats against Sarah Palin, because they held her somehow responsible for the Jared Loughner shooting. Look at the disgusting AlterNet writer who called black GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain a “black Garbage Pail kid” who performs “authentic negritude” as “wish fulfillment for white conservative fantasies.”
Rosen is not an aberration – he’s an outspoken proponent of leftist philosophy with a long resume of publication, and academic credentials. He didn’t just squirt out one poorly-phrased Tweet that he instantly regretted. He invested a great deal of energy defending his position, becoming increasingly peevish with those who called him on the carpet. He’s not an outright loon like Debbie Schlussel, the “conservative commentator” who has been saying the attack on Logan “warms her heart” because she likes it when “reporters who openly deny that Islam is violent and constantly promote it get the same kinds of threats of violence I get every day from Muslims.”
Let me offer a bit of moral guidance for those who remain confused: People do not surrender their humanity when they adopt dissenting views. Rape and assault are horrific crimes to be unconditionally condemned without hesitation, no matter who the victim is, or what she does for a living. There is nothing “heartwarming” or “funny” about it. If you think there is, and you’re prepared to spend your days explaining your warm heart or tickled funny bone to the rest of us, it’s time for you to back away from the keyboard for a while, and think about the danger to your own humanity.