Thursday, February 17, 2011

Obama wanted to offer Lara Logan his good wishes

Correspondent Lara Logan was sexually assaulted in Cairo amid a mob during the celebration over President Mubarak’s resignation. But some women journalists, like WGBH’s Callie Crossley, complain that CBS should never have reported the story, that Logan should be treated like a rape victim in the United States. But I’m with liberal columnist Richard Cohen of The Washington Post:

“The sexual assault of a woman in the middle of a public square is a story ...particularly because the crowd in Tahrir Square was almost invariably characterized as friendly and out for nothing but democracy,” Cohen wrote.

CBS went public with the incident only after it became clear that other media outlets were on to it, sources said.

“A call came in from The [Associated Press]” seeking information, a TV-industry source told The Post. “They knew she had been attacked, and they had details. CBS decided to get in front of the story.

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday called CBS News correspondent Lara Logan, who was sexually assaulted in Cairo last week while covering Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's resignation, to express his concern for her condition.

"The president called her late this morning and expressed concern for her condition," a family friend told The New York Post.

The president wanted to offer Logan his good wishes. As she recovers in Washington at home with her husband and two children, Logan remains the subject of much conversation.

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