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NYU Fellow Resigns Over Lara Logan Tweets



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    A New York University fellow resigned after he posted critical tweets about TV reporter Lara Logan just as the news of her assault in Egypt was breaking.

    Journalist Nir Rosen resigned Wednesday from his post as a fellow at NYU's Center on Law and Security.

    After the news broke Tuesday that a mob of men brutally beat and sexually assaulted Logan during her coverage of the uprisings in Egypt, Rosen posted on Twitter that  "i'm rolling my eyes at all the attention she will get.”

    He also tweeted “she was probably groped like thousands of other women” and “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.”

    He went on, with an apparent reference to CNN's Anderson Cooper, posting that "it would have been funny if it happened to Anderson too."

    According to a statement from CBS, Logan was separated from her crew while filming a “60 Minutes” segment on Friday and suffered a “brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating” before being rescued by a group of women and Egyptian soldiers. She returned to the United States the next day.

    The executive director of the NYU Center on Law and Security, Karen Greenberg, said Rosen "crossed the line.”

    Greenberg called the comments “cruel and insensitive and completely unacceptable.” She added that, although Rosen apologized for his remarks and resigned, “this in no way compensates for the harm his comments have inflicted.”

    Rosen issued a string of explanations and apologies on Twitter, first posting “joking with friends got out of line when i didnt want to back down. forgot twitter is not exactly private” and later posting “I feel I should make one last statement. I offer my deepest apologies to Ms. Logan, her friends and her family. I never meant to hurt anyone.”

    Rosen’s also wrote: “I know that in a matter of seconds with a thoughtless joke, I brought shame upon myself and my family and added insult to Ms. Logan's injury.”

    He also posted that “there is no point in following me” since he is “done tweeting.”

    Rosen defended himself through his active Facebook page as well. Cairo-based NPR journalist Soraya Nelson posted on Rosen’s wall that “as a female war correspondent who has found herself being sexually groped by males in mob scenarios on more than one occasion, I find it offensive that you would suggest Lara's politics or coverage somehow justify the assault.”

    Rosen replied in a post, “i specifically stated that nobody deserves it, nor was i blaming the victim. on the contrary, this happened to many women that day, which was one of the points i was making, none of them deserved it but only one of them will get attention.”

    According to the NYU Center on Law and Security faculty profile page, Rosen’s work has been published by The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, and similar publications.

    He spent has worked in Afghanistan and Iraq, and also reported on the ground in Egypt. His most recent book, "Aftermath," concerns counterinsurgency, terrorism, and civil war in the Middle East.

    The faculty profile of Rosen has now been removed from the site.