Lara Logan Rocks

I actually linked to this video nearly five years ago, but it’s worth a replay now. The clip shows Logan being interviewed a highly condescending Howard Kurtz, who was needling her about why the reporting from Iraq was so “negative.” I came away from this very impressed by Logan, and was saddened today to hear about what happened to her in Egypt.

[UPDATE: Reading more about Logan, I see she’s made some comments about Afghanistan that suggest she’s been embedded with the military too long. But I still admire the way she handled Kurtz here.]

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7 Responses to Lara Logan Rocks

  1. 1
    RonF says:

    So WTF was Nir Rosen’s problem? Because he seemed to think she was too far to the right?

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    Jen Sorensen says:

    After doing further research, I’m finding that she’s made some questionable remarks about the war in Afghanistan, which she fully supports. Seems she has perhaps been embedded too long. Still, I admire the way she handled Kurtz.

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    Ampersand says:

    There’s an interview with Rosen here.

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    RonF says:

    I’m curious, Jen. Why would her support for the Afghan war indicate that she’s been embedded too long? Is opposition to a given war the only possible objective viewpoint? Does that mean that the news networks should screen their reporters and only allow war opponents to report on the wars?

    I do like your current comic, though. What happens to what AOL bought if the unpaid contributors decide to find other outlets for their work?

    Read through that, Amp. Sorry. He’s still an asshole.

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    RonF says:

    Screw Rosen. Let’s give attention to someone who has earned it. Read this interview that Ms. Logan gave before she left on the trip to Egypt that ended up with this assault. The Egyptian soldiers deserve credit for rescuing her from the mob, but you can’t say the same for their superiors, apparently.

    She’s got a point about the objectives of the Egyptian army. But I’d ask this – given Mubarak’s departure, who would you want to see in charge of Egypt right now? By which I mean now – not 6 months from now, but right this minute?

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    Jen Sorensen says:

    @RonF – It’s not so much her support for the war that bothers me, but a couple comments she’s made that make me think she’s become a bit too chummy with her subjects. She criticized Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings for his article that brought down McChrystal, and has at times downplayed the U.S. killing of Afghan civilians.

    But none of that diminishes my sympathy for her. To persevere in her line of work, as she has — putting up with all kinds of crap, I’m sure — is impressive in itself.

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    Morning Quickie says:

    The saddest thing is that this whole situation could have been avoided if CBS has taken some precautions: