Lara Logan in Cairo on Friday before she suffered a sustained beating and gang sexual assault. Image: CBS
I haven’t always had kind words for CBS News, but I’ve always admired reporter Lara Logan’s guts and willingness to report on the ground and on the battlefield around the world — even if I didn’t agree with her perspective.
CBS News reports this afternoon that Logan was sexually assaulted and brutally beaten on Friday amidst the celebrations in Cairo.
She was flown back to the U.S. and is in a New York hospital recovering. There is little detail about who the assailants are at this point.
But this much can be said:
Damn the animals who are responsible. Damn them.
Please keep this brave journalist and mother of two in your thoughts and prayers:
On Friday, Feb. 11, the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a “60 Minutes” story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy.
In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers.
Flashback Feb. 3: Logan and crew detained…
Update: Here’s your New Tone Alert via Jim Geraghty — an NYU security and law “fellow” named Nir Rosen uses the occasion to attack Logan as a “war-monger.”