Wednesday, February 16, 2011

You can destroy yourself if you aren't careful online:

Last month, Alterman on Marty Peretz:
In the end, the septuagenarian was undone by the young technology of the blog. The absence of an editor to save him from his worst tendencies revealed to the world what had previously been present only between the magazine's lines. That the "editor-in-chief" of America's best-known liberal magazine was an intolerant and angry bigot ...
And this month, it's Nir Rosen:
When the news broke [that Laura Logan was raped], Nir Rosen, a fellow at the New York University Center for Law and Security, promptly whined to Twitter, "It’s always wrong, that’s obvious, but I’m rolling my eyes at all the attention she’ll get," adding, "She’s so bad that I ran out of sympathy for her."
The initial tweet by Rosen stated, “Lara Logan had to outdo Anderson. Where was her buddy McCrystal.” From this tweet he went further, writing that he would have been amused if Anderson Cooper had also been sexually assaulted.
From Karen J. Greenberg, Executive Director, Center on Law and Security:

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 He has apologized, withdrawn his remarks, and submitted his resignation as a fellow, which I have accepted.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.
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Think before you hit the submit button.


That the "editor-in-chief" of America's best-known liberal magazine was an intolerant and angry bigot ...

Alterman, of all people---it was a chapter in one of his books---should know that TNR hasn't been liberal every since Peretz purchased it in the 1970s.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2/17/2011 7:12 AM  

Rosen's a courageous war correspondent, who's risked his life many times to tell upopular truths. Without him, we'd know little of Fallujah.

As he said in an apologetic tweet, he and his colleagues cope with their risk and fear through gallows humor like this. That makes sense.

He further tweeted that he got carried away, thinking he was communicating with just a few friends. Also that he thought she was only groped, not raped.

I've said things privately just as outrageous, with the understanding it was facetious, mordantly dark, not really meant.

So I have some sympathy for him, though it hardly matters.

He'll be known for this the way Cheney is known for shooting a guy in the face.

You screwed the pooch, Nir.

Quiddity's point should be a pulsing banner on top of Twitter's interface.

By Anonymous Wondering if I should hit "Publish", at 2/17/2011 8:37 AM  

rosen caught all the flack. where's the sanction against debbie schlussel?

So sad, too bad, Lara. No one told her to go there. She knew the risks. And she should have known what Islam is all about. Now she knows. Or so we'd hope. But in the case of the media vis-a-vis Islam, that's a hope that's generally unanswered.

This never happened to her or any other mainstream media reporter when Mubarak was allowed to treat his country of savages in the only way they can be controlled.

Now that's all gone. How fitting that Lara Logan was "liberated" by Muslims in Liberation Square while she was gushing over the other part of the "liberation."

Hope you're enjoying the revolution, Lara! Alhamdilllullah [praise allah].


By Anonymous omen, at 2/17/2011 11:27 AM  

My apologies. I assumed incorrectly from the phrase "sustained".

Accompanied by a beating, as it was, it sounds more severe than copping a feel.

By Anonymous Wondering if I should hit "Publish", at 2/17/2011 11:29 AM  

where did my post go?

this suggests it wasn't rape:

The separation and assault lasted for roughly 20 to 30 minutes, said a person familiar with the matter, who added that it was "not a rape." A CBS News spokesman declined to comment beyond the statement.


but i don't think we can know for sure until we hear it first hand from laura logan. she might be unwilling to even talk about it.

By Anonymous omen, at 2/17/2011 11:56 AM  

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