NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — You are what you Tweet.

Provocative author, foreign correspondent and filmmaker Nir Rosen has come under fire for comments he reportedly made on Twitter Tuesday after news broke that fellow journalist Lara Logan was the victim of a brutal sexual assault while on assignment covering the news of Egyptian President Mubarak’s resignation in Tahrir Square on Feb. 11.

A day later, Rosen issued an apology and resigned from his post as a fellow at NYU’s Center on Law and Security.

From the onset, his comments on Twitter appeared insensitive: “[L]ara logan had to outdo anderson. Where was her buddy mccrystal?” — the comment likely a reference to CNN’s Anderson Cooper who was punched in the head while he covered demonstrations in Egypt.

Rosen continued saying he thought it would be funny if Cooper had also been assaulted.

“Yes yes it’s wrong what happened to her. Of course. I don’t support that. But it would have been funny if it happened to Anderson too,” Rosen Tweeted.

Another Tweet said the following: “jesus christ, at a moment when she is going to become a martyr and glorified we should at least remember her role as a major war monger.”

Criticism was harsh and came almost immediately following his comments, including this from @cindysku: “Nir Rosen is disgusting.”

Rosen Issues Apology On Twitter

A few moments later, he made an attempt to be contrite with the following update: “i apologize for being insensitive, its always wrong, thats obvious, but i’m rolling my eyes at all the attention she will get.”

A series of more sincere apologies followed:

“As someone who’s devoted his career to defending victims and supporting justice, I’m very ashamed for my insensitive and offensive comments,” he wrote, apologizing to Logan’s friends and family.

“I am deeply ashamed because they do not represent who i am, and i would like to convey my most heart felt apologies to Ms. Logan, her family, her friends, all women and to everyone I have hurt, angered and disappointed,” he added in an e-mail.

Karen J. Greenberg, Executive Director, Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law, issued the following official statement on Rosen:

“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 Rosen went too far? Should he have resigned from NYU? Sound Off in our comments below!

Comments (59)
  1. Ron says:

    Yeah, it looks as if I did already publish another comment, and you puds censored a rather mild comment about “Mr. Jim” being a reactionary for using the term “politically correct” instead of making an argument.

    CBS, the used-to-have-a reason-to- be-proud (Ed Murrow/Cronkite), and now a bunch of corporate hacks, who apparently don’t know what’s happening (in Wisconsin) do you, Mr. Jones?


  2. Jack Davis says:

    To be completely pragmatic, why would CBS send this gal, who looks like a beauty queen, amongst all those hysterical young guys? No justification for what they did but it sure was predictable. Poor judgement by the network.

    1. Susan says:

      There were many women among the protesters. At the time the Egyptians were winning their freedom from Mubarek, the crazies came out and assaulted Ms Logan. If it wasn’t for the Other Women in the area, it could have been much worse.
      Ms Logan is a seasoned reporter who was doing what she has done for years.
      Get the facts & Tell the Story,
      Now that the Egyptians have rid themselves of a Dictator, maybe they can finally get equality for their women, so attacks like this won’t be tolerated.

    2. Think says:

      Um, she’s a war correspondent.

  3. scavoman says:

    War junkies that cover conflict are not “courageous”, they’re opportunistic narcissists willing to take risks in order to garner attention and on-air time, fervently hoping to move up the ladder with a ‘Big Story”. All the while hanging out at the Hilton, waiting for their driver to take them to the ‘action”. Looks like she’s succeeded….

    1. frogpond says:

      So what courageous actions did you take today? Oh yes, you sat in the safety of your own home and made petty little comments about those that brave danger so that you may be informed about what goes on outside your own little bubble.

  4. NANO says:

    It’s a shame there even has to be debate over whether it’s proper to be facetious about a brutal sexual assault. It’s worse that we have evidence here of people who are literate enough to type and analytical enough to form an opinion who still revert to the “she asked for it” schtick. But what bothers me even more is a guy named Rosen exclaiming, “Jesus Christ”.

  5. jim says:

    Looks like the PC Nazis are back in force again. Heaven forbid anybody say anything insensitive. Why don’t we just bring in a Mao or Stalin now. Then we wouldn’t have to worry about anyone stating any opinion or truth that is uncomfortable.

    1. Geoirgia Weathers says:

      Looks like this guy beat Ann Coulter to the punch; there is a time and a place, and this ain’t it. Guy’s a jerk. Right to free speech, yes. And as to what Jim just wrote, how is what he said iin any way perceptive, really getting behind the truth, etc?

  6. Henry Mencken says:

    He spoke his mind, he offended many people, he resigned. His Freedom of Speech was not compromised, but neither was our Freedom from Stupidity.

    Long ago I was told “never put anything in writing you wouldn’t want to have made public.” Still a worthwhile maxim.

  7. Dan B says:

    How obtuse can one get? Mr. Rosen seems to be as out of touch with human caring and empathy as one can be.

  8. stupidHumans says:

    Sorry, but I have no compassion for people who stupidly walk into an area of conflict.

    1. puleeze1 says:

      Yes, you are sorry.

      1. journalism55 says:

        conflict was the key word there, not sorry. what happened was horrible, yet one cannot deny the risk was obvious. she and others make the choice to enter an area of “conflict”

    2. Dr. Lecter says:

      Sorry, but not everyone has the luxury of living at your parents’ house as you apparently do. That is the same as saying if you are involved in a car crash, then you shouldn’t have driven in the first place.

    3. Sarah says:

      Agreed…she had been threatened and even attacked before and yet she still stayed in the area knowing the dangers.

      1. frogpond says:

        Without journalists that have the courage to cover events even though they may be in personal harm’s way, we’d all be ignorant. Of course, a state of ignorance may not bother someone who blames a victim for being attacked.

    4. Vanessa Scalia says:

      Never fails. Another idiot with a computer. It’s only cause you don’t have the brains or the balls for that matter to do anything. Just another let down to the human race.

  9. Leslie says:

    My thoughts exactly, but you expressed them better!

  10. HappyHolloway says:

    I rather liked the way that worked out. Apparently, we still live in a society that cares how we treat each other enough to be pretty universally certain that raping and beating women is not a laughing matter… ever.

    Goodbye Mr. Rosen. Go lick your wounds and loiter among some non-journalistic personages for awhile. If you are lucky, a little old-fashioned humanity may touch you.

    Okay… maybe not… you still have a lot of people to blame for your predicament. My bad… but, hey… I feel better. 🙂 Thank you NYU Center on Law and Security!

  11. scroo yoo says:

    This guy is free to have any opinion he wants,and anyone is free to disassociate themselves from him because of his ignorant opinions,including his employer.

    Just because you have the freedom to say it doesnt mean you should

    1. LL says:

      Yes, he’s free to have his opinion. No one said he couldn’t have it or express it; but he must also face the consequences of it. Why do people like you never understand that??? He wasn’t thrown in jail for what he said, was he? If he had been, THAT would be a violation of his constitutional right to free speech. Read the constitution. Nowhere does it say that you cannot be asked to leave your employment if you say something your employer doesn’t like.

  12. voxhumana says:

    No one is contesting the fact that this jerk had the freedom to speak his mind. He wasn’t arrested. He was ostracized for being insensitive, competitive and casting a bad light on his employer. Most companies and academic institutions have a clause that stipulates that behavior inside or outside of work that brings disrepute to their affiliation with that institution, is grounds for dismissal. He probably resigned because they would have demoted him otherewise.

  13. Russ San Diego says:

    What has happened to America and Freedom of Speech. While his comments may have been offensive and distasteful, no one should be silenced simply because their comments may be seen as rude, offensive or vulgar. That is what makes America the wonderful, powerful nation that it is. We should all be allowed to say whatever we want, regardless of what it is. Nir Rosen said those comments on Twitter, which really should not be seen as a credible “news source.”

    I find it very sad that we cannot speak our minds without feeling as though we are violating the rules of political correctness. Look at Howard Stern, who many people find vulgar and offensive, and yet, you have a choice to listen to him or not. As for Nir Rosen, you also have the choice to listen to him or not. That is also another freedom we have.

    1. Al in Florida says:

      You (or anyone) can speak your mind. Say whatever you want. No one’s stopping you. But just remember – your words have consequences. You’re free to say what you want and I’m free to boycott you or (if you work for me) to fire you because there’s nothing that says I have to work with insensitive clods (unless, of course you have a contract).

    2. bjh says:

      I am sorry but his remarks are past insensitive, If it had been you or one of your family members I am sure you would feel differently, Even though we enjoy free speech we have to be willing to accept the consequences of our actions

    3. frogpond says:

      With freedom of speech comes responsibility. Yes, you can say what you want to, but you have to recognize that there will be repercussions when what you say is abhorrent to the rest of us.

    4. Baby Guitar says:

      “no one should be silenced simply because their comments may be seen as rude, offensive or vulgar. That is what makes America the wonderful, powerful nation that it is.” Hilarious statement!

  14. jtorres says:

    Roughed up a bit?!? She was physically attacked and sexually assaulted. I guess if your wife or your sister or your mother would have been sexually assaulted, you’d tell her to shake it off, she was just roughed up a bit. It’s only natural to people like you who probably would sexually attack any defenseless woman along with a bunch of your friends. Jerks like you are the reason these attacks go underreported and the assailants let go.

  15. Mr. Armenia says:

    Freedom of speech

    1. yoel goldstein says:

      I agree Mr. Armenia. He’s free to say whatever he wants, the man makes some valid points too. People need to show this guy a littte more respect!

      1. NewYorkNative says:

        “Freedom of speech” is too often invoked to defend what is vile, hateful, and violent. Mr. Rosen is not “provocative”; the same sort of language can be heard from adolescent toilet-mouths with draggy drawers on the street. The difference is that here the victim’, her family and friends, know that this what-not celebrates the criminal assault on her. “Respect”?? For what? His fantasy-participation in the act? Why doesn’t HE show some respect and compassion for a fellow journalist?

      2. fr0gpond says:

        Why? Respect has to be earned. All he has shown is insensitivity and stupidity in broadcasting that insensitivity to the world.

      3. Shannon says:

        Respect must be earned. I have no respect for a guy who says what he said, and then tries to defend it by saying he didn’t know how bad it really was. So I guess maybe if she’d just gotten beat up a little it would have been okay?

        Yes, he is free to say whatever he wants. He’s still free to do so, after all. What he and you both need to learn is that freedom of speech does not mean “I get to say whatever I want and don’t you dare saddle me with any personal responsibility for it, or dare to imply that my words have consequences.”

    2. toxictown says:

      He’s free to say whatever he wants. And we are free to call him out as a major a-hole. Even Steven.

  16. Donna&Tom Benichasa says:

    Dear Ms. Logan: Best wishes to a speedy recovery. We are were shocked and sorry to hear of this brutal attack on you. Yours Truly,DONNA&TOM BENICHASA

  17. Sheri A. Hall says:

    Just shut up.

    1. Sarah says:

      Do you have a point to make or are you just being an ignorant hag? You obviously have no communication skills beyond that of a 2 year old.

  18. Nick says:

    Who the heck is/was he anyway?

  19. Terry Suominen says:

    Got to love Twitter to bring down people like this! An unedited filtration of a twisted mind elevated to an important role in education. Fabulous that kids pay all this money to be taught by such an ignorant person like him.

  20. Ed P. says:

    He complains that she will get publicity for being assaulted. Instead, it appears it will be him, and his ignorant views, that will be rewarded with another, more prestigious “fellowship” at another school.

    1. PLCCBLY says:


  21. Mott says:

    The best punishment for Mr. Rosen would be for everyone to ignore him from now on. To use a popular word from the sixties, he is no longer relevant. It’s amazing what people like him will do for attention, fame or money.

  22. vero says:

    Of course his words represent his views. In fact, his remarks were unfiltered and thus even a more honest and unadulterated view of his true beliefs. This does not mean he is not an expert on the middle east. It just means that he does not respect women and sees them as second class citizens. Who were your parents Mr. Rosen? This behavior is typically learned at home.

    1. voiceofreason says:

      his parents are probably retired in boca sipping bloody mary’s

  23. e.spitzer says:

    this man is no man. how about he get sexually assaulted or if one of his boyfriends did? i can be an insensitive @ss at times but this douch went too far

  24. Nectar says:

    His tweets absolutely do represent what is in heart and who he is at his core. They were not some sudden outburst. He had time to think about what he was putting out there for all to see.

  25. hcs says:

    Devenio she did not ask to be assaulted, she went to do a job. She is fully entitled to do her lawful, moral job and bears no responsibility for other people’s immorral unlawful acts.

    1. Devenio says:

      What the hell is moral about being a reporter? Granted what happened to her was messed up and no she didn’t deserve it. Still, she was in a place she wasn’t wanted. All reporters were told they weren’t wanted. Still, her job was more important than her safety.

      1. PLCCBLY says:


      2. Susan says:

        Devenio, I don’t understand how you can say that “All the reporters were told they weren’t wanted”
        If it wasn’t for the reporters getting the news out to the rest of the world, Mubarek might have cracked down with full force and run over the protesters as they did in Tein Am Mein Square.
        The fact that the reporters stayed there telling the story is part of the reason that the regime met it’s demise.

  26. Gerry Myers says:

    Unfortunately, this incident highlights the vulnerability of women in general in Egypt. Like many countries in the region, the the second class status of women is deplorably widespread, from the countryside to the big cities.

    1. Devenio says:

      Wrong. It highlights the fact that the people of Egypt want all American reports of of the country. Women are held in higher status there than they are in the USA.

      1. rachel says:

        oh please! are you kidding me! of course women are second class citizens in the middle east. thats not an opinion thats fact.

      2. FullRebellion says:

        Women are second-class citizens in more than just the Middle East. Try the whole planet.

      3. voiceofreason says:

        we need more arab influence here in America….women here just don’t know when to shut the heck up!

      4. Susan says:

        Do you actually watch the news or do you make it up as you go along?

  27. Don't Tweet if ya can't take the Heat says:

    ”I am deeply ashamed because they do not represent who i am”

    Actually, Dooshbag, they DO represent you perfectly. Just another Twitter-Tw@t.

  28. Kay says:

    I hope he never works again. Those tweets didn’t represent who he is? Yeah, well, why did he write them? Nir Rosen is a pig and only he could reveal that.

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