Journalist Nir Rosen has resigned from his fellowship at New York University. His reason for quitting and bringing “shame” to him and his family? For the insensitive comments he made about the CBS reporter Lara Logan and her rape and attack that occurred in Egypt. What did he say that would be a career ender?
It all went down on Twitter. He said:
“Lara Logan had to outdo Anderson. Where was her buddy McCrystal.” (in reference to Logan’s defense of General Stanley McChrystal)
“Yes yes its wrong what happened to her. Of course. I don’t support that. But, it would have been funny if it happened to Anderson too,
When he started to get grief from his comments he tweeted. “ah f*#k it, I apologize for being insensitive, it’s always wrong, that’s obvious, but I’m rolling my eyes at all the attention she will get.”
But later he gave a much more mature apology, “As someone who’s devoted his career to defending victims and supporting justice, I’m very ashamed for my insensitive and offensive comments.”
His boss at NYU – CLS director Karen Greenberg released a statement saying:
“Nir Rosen is always provocative, but he crossed the line with his comments about Lara Logan. I am deeply distressed by what he wrote about Ms. Logan and strongly denounce his comments. They were cruel and insensitive and completely unacceptable. Mr. Rosen tells me that he misunderstood the severity of the attack on her in Cairo. He has apologized, withdrawn his remarks, and submitted his resignation as a fellow, which I have accepted. However, this in no way compensates for the harm his comments have inflicted. We are all horrified by what happened to Ms. Logan, and our thoughts are with her during this difficult time.”
Do you think his comments should have been a career ender or is everyone overreacting?
Via: Huffington Post