Okay. Watch your language. This isn’t about Lara, it’s about the press, and specifically CBS. There is a new story in the Daily Mail, and once again, the “rape” word isn’t used. Apparently “bite marks” on “sensitive parts of her body,” were not bite marks, they were “pinches.” She was stripped according to the story. No other details. Logan was “whipped and beaten.” Her guards were also badly beaten. One has a broken hand.
Now here’s the thing: the first reports were of a “sustained sexual attack.” That was it. There was no other explanation. In the early hours everyone parroted the “sustained sexual attack.” Gradually the “r” word crept into reporting, with no verification to back it up.
Reporting left the assumption that the “sustained sexual attack” had to be rape, and the word wasn’t used to protect her privacy – which would not have been done for you or for me.
Several questions loom: was the rape-word not used to protect Ms. Logan, was the rape-word not used to protect the “freedom fighters,” or protect Mubarak’s minions, was she raped in some fashion, or not?
Ms. Logan has a long history of working in Islamic countries. She was in a dangerous place where Muslim women are raped routinely. She was doing her job, in a country where women have no equality of humanity, or anything else. Whatever happened to her was violent and terrible. I hope there was no rape. No woman should be raped, and no major news outlets should use words like “sustained sexual assault” without clarification. Asking God’s blessings for Logan, for the women who eventually stopped the assault, and for her crew. My original reporting is here. The Daily Mail. Memorandum linked and has a thread underway about Lara Logan’s attack. Look for the topic: Stripped, punched and whipped with flag poles. Full horror of Logan’s attack emerges. Then read Patterico Pontifications for more on how the media has handled this story…or not.