As you’ve probably heard by now, CBS News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Lara Logan was sexually assaulted – unconfirmed speculation is that CBS is using this slightly more palatable term to avoid having to spell out that Logan was in fact repeatedly and brutally raped – last Friday in Tahrir Square as she was covering the revolution in progress there.
While any rape is shocking and intolerable in it’s violence, it isn’t, sadly, an uncommon event. That shouldn’t inure us to its horror, but it can’t help but make it seem…if not commonplace, at least not startling in its rarity. That lack of rarity may be why in this case, I think I’m as shocked and appalled at the reaction of a number of Lara’s fellow media professionals as I am at the acts of her attackers themselves:
In a stunningly offensive blog post titled “Lara Logan, CBS Reporter and Warzone ‘It Girl,’ Raped Repeatedly Amid Egypt Celebration” for LA Weekly, writer Simone Wilson managed to mention Logan’s “shocking good looks and ballsy knack for pushing her way to the heart of the action” before getting to the assault itself.
As the Salon article notes, though, the absolute most-reprehensible response to Logan’s assault (and the one that earned my comparison in the title of this post to the famous line from the McCarthy hearings) was from right-wing pundit Debbie Schlussel on her own blog:
As I’ve noted before, it bothers me not a lick when mainstream media reporters who keep telling us Muslims and Islam are peaceful get a taste of just how “peaceful” Muslims and Islam really are. In fact, it kinda warms my heart.
So sad, too bad, Lara. No one told her to go there. She knew the risks. And she should have known what Islam is all about. Now she knows. Or so we’d hope…How fitting that Lara Logan was “liberated” by Muslims in Liberation Square while she was gushing over the other part of the “liberation.”
Hope you’re enjoying the revolution, Lara! Alhamdilllullah [praise allah].