February 23, 2011
Breaking News: Man Tweets Without Really Thinking About It First
Journalist Nir Rosen managed to do the near-impossible. He published some tweets offensive enough to rise above the din of the Internet's general state of offensiveness and lost his fellowship at NYU.
Rosen's offending tweets were in response to the reports that CBS' Lara Logan had been sexually assualted near Tahrir Square on the day Hosni Mubarak stepped down. Here is a sampling of his handiwork.Lara Logan had to outdo Anderson [Cooper]. Where was her buddy McCrystal."
"Yes yes its wrong what happened to her. Of course. I don't support that. But, it would have been funny if it happened to Anderson too."
"Look, she was probably groped like thousands of other women, which is still wrong, but if it was worse than I'm sorry."
During an interview with Anderson Cooper, Rosen apologized for his remarks and explained that he didn't realize that Logan's assault had been sexual in nature at the time of his first tweet. He stood by this assertion even though his tweet included a link to a short statement from CBS News that clearly included that detail.
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