The news of CBS correspondent Lara Logan's horrible mistreatment at the hands of Egyptian protesters sent a shockwave through the journalism community Tuesday afternoon. But just as shocking is the repulsive reaction from liberal writer and NYU fellow Nir Rosen who tweeted how he felt "no sympathy" for Logan's horrific ordeal and urged his followers on Twitter to remember what role she has played as a "war monger."
Rosen has contributed to numerous liberal publications, including The Atlantic, the New York Times, Rolling Stone and Time magazine. But perhaps his current employer, NYU's Center for Law and Security, should urge him to issue an apology?
Nir Rosen deleted some of his worst comments about Logan on his Twitter feed, but… it’s the Internet. It’s never gone forever.
I’m sure Rosen will apologize at some point, and perhaps we’ll get some tut-tutting statement from NYU about the need for “civility” and “restraint” and “sensitivity.” Brows will be furrowed. Maybe they’ll hold a seminar about technology and emotional reactions to breaking news events.
But let’s just remember one thing going forward: Nir Rosen believed this was the right moment to let the world know that he “ran out of sympathy for her” and that we should “remember her role as a major war monger” and that we “have to find humor in the small things.”
Your move, NYU.