Respecting the privacy of an employee who is the victim of a heinous crime is a laudable motive. And using the criminal actions of some small part of the crowd to characterize the whole crowd is irresponsible. Still, CBS News knew of a public sexual assault in the wake of Mubarak’s downfall, yet its reporters continued to file reports that centered on celebration.
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:
Watching the same complicit media we all saw, Cohen notes most journalists covered the mobs “as if they were reporting from Times Square on New Year’s Eve, stopping only at putting on a party hat.”
Even CBS’s own statement said Logan was “covering the jubilation” and was attacked “amidst the celebration.”
Having 200 “good guys” gang assault a female reporter while screaming “Jew! Jew!” doesn’t fit the narrative. Is that why CBS sat on the story?