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February 16th, 2011
11:37 PM ET
soundoff (38 Responses)
  1. salvador

    Regardless of the nature of the assualt, wishing harm or more harm to another human is inhuman. If it happened to Rosen, fortunatley it didn't, then I'm sure he would tweet and different tune.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
  2. Sherif Abuelenin

    I'm very sorry for what happened! But don't put the blame on the demonstrators. It's very clear that those who assaulted her are the same people who attacked the demonstrators during the last to weeks, the same people who were used by the fallen corrupt regime to jeopardize the revolution. Those people were so angry with the coverage of international media to the events in Egypt, since it has shown the world how brutal and corrupt Mubarak's system was.
    As an Egyptian, Muslim, and a human being in first place, I express my deepest sorrow, and I repeat, what happened doesn't represent Egypt, it represents the mobs of the corrupt regime.

    February 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  3. Lauren

    Nir Rosen is so worried about how much attention the attack on Lara Logan will take away from the other attacks on women...it is interesting that now he has managed to direct everyone's focus onto him. Kinda of ironic...he is so worried that a "white women" will take the attention away...he as a MAN needed to make sure all the attention was on him–and completely take the attention away from women's right...pretty typical ..seems a bit hypocritical. He saw an opportunity to get his 15 minutes and he used this attack to do it. Plain and Simple.

    February 17, 2011 at 10:44 am |
  4. Tim Gibson

    It would seem that any journalist would in fact not venture too deep into "comic relief" style comments/tweets regarding not only an unknown time of "revolution" in the middle east, but also for the vicious attack upon another human being, person, individual, and journalist and a "too bad" conclusion. Mr. Rosen does little to expel the idea that he did in fact understand the equally malicious attack of his own words.

    With that said, one has to wonder out loud; what direction are We headed!

    February 17, 2011 at 10:40 am |
  5. David

    Anderson,

    Never in my life have I written to a newscaster to offer a comment, but after watching today`s discourse with Nir Rosen I felt compelled to comment. This is the first time I have ever seen you behave in a manner that was disrespectful and unprofessional; a serious disappointment after having watched you conduct yourself with the utmost of integrity for many years now. Rosen may not be the wisest of journalists, but at the end of the day he clearly responded to your questions with reasonable explanations which you repeatedly refused to accept as legitimate. Your interpretation of the events, notably the issue that you kept implying was some sort of a smoking gun(the cbs url link in Rosen`s tweet), was unreasonable and presumptuous. You have often touted the issue of Innocent Before Proven Guilty yet you made it absolutely clear that you did not believe Rosen`s explanation thereby defaulting to an accusation of guilt against the man. Sorry, unprofessional and uncalled for. This is the first time I have ever seen you make a mess of an issue. Fair play Anderson .... fair play. David

    February 17, 2011 at 10:26 am |
  6. Cynthia Gracie

    It's an apology he should have deleted. Weak to say the least. I don't believe that he didn't know it was a sexual assault. There have been lot of comments online about Lara Logan that are ignorant, insensitive, and show how many people don't understand the seriousness of the crime against Lara Logan. Rape victims have been hearing this kind of knuckle-dragging nonsense for time immemorial. It's hard to believe that we are living in the 21st Century. I feel sorry for Rosen's wife.

    February 17, 2011 at 9:44 am |
  7. rose

    Only one word to describe him !UNSENSITIVE!!

    February 17, 2011 at 9:12 am |
  8. MTC

    Hi Anderson,
    My husband & I were horrified to hear about what happened to Laura Logan. Even before that incident, seeing all the American correspondents amidst all these chaos, especially women, makes me say a prayer for you people's safety.
    Please, extend my family's prayers & thoughts to Laura Logan & her family.
    And to Nir, the insensitive "jerk", his face does not even express the truth about what he was saying. He strikes me as arrogant, male chauvinist, full of himself person.
    God Bless you, Anderson ( Your fans from Raleigh,NC).

    February 17, 2011 at 9:06 am |
  9. Katie

    Surprised that the discussion after the interview didn't touch on the fact that Rosen, a self-proclaimed feminist, made a shocking insinuation that a sex assault on a male is "especially" reprehensible. As if a sex assault on a female, though terrible, is not quite as bad as the same offense on a male body. The suggestion that there is somehow a measurable moral difference between the two reaks of misogyny.

    February 17, 2011 at 8:22 am |
  10. eva hjorth

    Could Nir Rosen´s jerkness be a blessing in disguised? His apology should at least transfer into a mission for creating a safer and more respectful world.

    February 17, 2011 at 6:24 am |
  11. Patrick

    A Jerk yes definitely, but I find it awkward how Anderson decided to really "Keep him honest" and kept pushing him more and more after he appologized. I dont know what he wanted to hear more than I'm sorry. I am glad the guy did the right thing and went on national TV to appologize at least. I'm not defending his actions, but I wish anderson would be like this with EACH one of his guests.

    February 17, 2011 at 6:23 am |
  12. donna

    "I look like a jerk"?, are you kidding me? I can think of a few other choice words that come to mind to describe not what he looks like but intolerant jerk that he is. And Ashley Banfield's commentary on your show was beyond the pail -"let he who casts the first stone...." really? more liberal hypocrisy and moral relativism.

    February 17, 2011 at 6:14 am |
  13. Karen W.

    Dear Mr. Cooper:
    You did an absolutely masterful job in your interview with Mr. Rosen: making sure to hold him accountable for his words and pressing him repeatedly to own his claims (that he didn't know Logan had been sexually assaulted).

    Frankly, I wish that I could witness this sort of aggressive questioning, from you and others, when I see journalists questioning our elected officials, including our president, when they make claims at odds with evidence presented.

    It is frustrating to be aware of similar evidence at odds with _their_ words, only to see journalists just take them at their words and not press them on the evidence, presumably either because they hold elected office or because journalists want to protect their ability to interview the subject in the future. Respectfully–

    February 17, 2011 at 5:46 am |
  14. rachel

    He profits from documenting exploited people yet casually tweets about violence? You would think he would be sensitive to the subject on his own. How could any of it be funny to a human rights guy? Apparently he is "JUST" a film maker who found a good exploit for stories. SIGH.

    Thank You Anderson,
    Peace for Lara.

    February 17, 2011 at 5:41 am |
  15. Daniel Fleury

    Lara Logan was sexually assaulted by a crazed mob in Egypt while reporting on events there. My question is this: If Anderson Cooper was attacked & eventually pulled from Egypt because his short white hair made him a target, why would the news organization that Lara Logan worked for think it would be okay to place a beauty queen reporter in the midst of a lawless society?

    If we have problems of rape & sexual assault within our own military, why would we expect more restraint by a mob of lawless thugs?

    February 17, 2011 at 5:35 am |
  16. Loraine Dunn

    While defending himself Rosen chose words that indicated his reprehensible comments would have been okay if distributed privately to friends. This makes him really disgusting whether or not he knew the assault was sexual.

    February 17, 2011 at 3:12 am |
  17. Taru

    I usually don`t put my 2 cents in... But I do have to now!
    A lot of us women in the world were watching and worried about ALL of the women in Cairo. Local and foreign. Knowing how different the status of women is in Arab countries.None of us(I believe)wanted anything bad to happen to anybody. Especially to women who took the stand (once again local people or the [foreign]reporters). What happened to Ms. Logan could`ve happened to any of the reporters of any country. And it is WRONG!!! No matter where you are from or what colour.
    And Mr Rosen... STUCK his foot so deep in his throat..There's no recovery for that!!!! Seriously??? How would you feel if that was your sister, that was assaulted????

    February 17, 2011 at 2:53 am |
  18. John Malone

    I believe Nir Rosen when he says that he did not realize that Lara Logan had been sexually assaulted. AC is being a drama queen at Nir's expense. It is horrible what happened to Ms. Logan and we should send the military in to make someone pay the price for her assault. She is an awesome reporter. However, think AC is trying to dramatize what Nir said.. he should not have made comments if he didn't know the extent of the assault on Ms. Logan. However, his comments were directed toward the drama queen than Lara Logan. I will say that these people in Iran are animals and should pay the price for assaulting Ms. logan..animals!

    February 17, 2011 at 2:50 am |
  19. Suzanne- Kansas

    Hi Mr Cooper. I heard what you was reading to the journalist. Let me say, that even before you said anything, when I seen the picture of the last photo of her before the beating and sexual assualt, I seen him behind her looking at her, however; I didn't know that in this photo he was a journalist. I still feel, that he had to know, what happen, by the way he tweeted it. I don't see how he can explain that away. He keeps saying to you, that, "I guess that I was a jerk". She was beaten and raped. You were roughed up. Outraged in Kansas. Plus even if he said,"I think it would be funny if it happen to Cooper," does he think then it would be funny if you got beaten up and hurt then, what's funny about that? Outraged in Kansas

    February 17, 2011 at 2:49 am |
  20. mark in kentucky

    Anderson,
    In your interview with Mir Rosen I think you were a little harsh. I don't condone Mr. Rosens statements but I understand his frustration with media types. I think his fear is that we will spend more time talking about 1 incident that occured and we will lose focus on the fact that these atrocities occur on an hourly basis all over the middle east.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:36 am |
  21. Larry Camp

    The wise man always thinks about what he says before he says it. This man was not so wise... And he is paying for it. Let it be a harbinger of what is to come.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:36 am |
  22. Steve

    I'm curious about the comment Nir Rosen made about sexual abuse against women by local security forces that were trained by Americans. Is he inferring that the Americans are training the local security forces to abuse women?

    February 17, 2011 at 2:34 am |
  23. Diane

    I hear everyone saying they don't want to call him a liar about not knowing that this woman was raped. Well, I'll do it for you. He's a liar. He lies like a bearskin rug on a hardwood floor. I can think of something funny right now, but he doesn't want to know what it is.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:33 am |
  24. Malu

    Anderson...why do you keep drilling the issue here...focus on other important things in the news.

    February 17, 2011 at 2:22 am |
  25. Sara Kummer

    Did I hear Mr. Rosen correctly when he was discussing his unfortunate 'tweet'? That had he heard it correctly he wouldn't have made light of it? That a "sexual assault was no laughing matter, especially for a man...." If he believes that a sexual assault on a man is more serious than one on a woman, then I am not surprised that he would be so insensitive in his tweets!

    February 17, 2011 at 1:43 am |
  26. Angela

    the assault against women seems to be gaining momentum, we have a woman reporter brutally attacked and it is a joke to a male colleague willing to let the world know its a joke by tweeting about it, we have a legislator carrying a bill to change the definition of rape and a Senator from Missouri carrying a bill trying to abolish child labor laws. I wonder where our civilization has gone? What it will be like for my granddaughter? There is no defense for this behavior and the Republicans and all who agree with them should be ashamed of themselves and taken out of a position of power. Where are the women of our country and why are we allowing this to go on in the United states of America in 2011. It is time to unite and stand together for the rights of women and children every where.

    February 17, 2011 at 1:35 am |
  27. Madalyn fuqua

    As I listened your show on Lara Logan and what this woman reporter had gone through in Egypt I as a woman was appalled. Not appalled by what happened to her though it is tragic in istself but in the reaction of what you reported about right wing comments about her tragedy especially some right wing women. It shows me that the demeaning remarks twittered by some show how shallow and stupid they really are. The no show of compassion on the right shows us that those that tear people down when they are already going through difficulties proves how inhuman they are. I applaud women with the courage to step outside of the box to pursue careers that have been traditionally male pursuits. I guess it makes some women feel small instead of proud that a sister is going the extra mile. I am always proud of the women that pursue the difficult and not the easy path Lara Logan is to be admired for her courage and stamina to have the guts to do a job that is not easy. Pictures of her show she is very attractive and I know some women who would be jealous of that alone. My sentiments are bless you Lara and keep fighting the good fight.

    February 17, 2011 at 1:35 am |
  28. Jimmy

    I believe serious journalism should focus on the actual events that are driving historic change in the world, rather on the insensitive comments of an insignificant non-player in those events. Focus on the events, not the tweets of Nir Rosen. This reporting on Rosen would be a better fit for TMZ.

    February 17, 2011 at 1:30 am |
  29. Mary Vaccari

    Nir Rosen's weak attempt to put his tail between his legs and pretend he had no idea what happened to Logan is sad at best and an insult to intellgient people, as well as Logan herself and sexual assault victims everywhere. The fact he Tweeted Logan was trying to "out due" Cooper and he said "it would be funny IF the same thing happened to Cooper" shows he not only knew there was an additional component to Logan's assault that did not happen to Cooper, but he is also so irreverent to the plite of sexual assault victims that he wishes it on Cooper.
    We should all be familiar with the dismissal of sexual assault victims and the derisive nature with which their stories and experiences have been down played or disregarded. From the "what was she wearing" to the "maybe she wanted it," the horror of society's views still goes on.

    February 17, 2011 at 1:28 am |
  30. Patsy Ward

    Rosen...you are a disgrace to human race. I am victim of sexual assult...you are right...you have NO EXCUSE!!!!!!

    February 17, 2011 at 1:28 am |
  31. Ibrahim

    If only Nir were pro-Israel and conservative, he could've said the exact same things and not found himself in this mess. MANY on the Right have said similar crude things about assaulted journalists, including the one in question, but haven't been attacked in the way Nir Rosen has.

    February 17, 2011 at 1:25 am |
  32. Kevin Davis

    Happy to see you didn't pull any punches on Nir Rosen, great job Anderson.

    February 17, 2011 at 1:24 am |
  33. Zain

    It takes guts to own your mistake infront of thousands, Nir did accept responsibility. My God he answered your question multiple times, were you even listening?

    February 17, 2011 at 1:23 am |
  34. Leon Barnett

    The journalist that tweets ill manored remarks is a total waste of prime time exposure. You're missing an opportunity to discuss more important issues like guns, crime, outsourcing, low academic standards, decadence so get your priorities in order and start discussing ideals rather than gossip. No one gives a dam about what some moron said, people are getting killed for the ability to express their opinions.

    February 17, 2011 at 1:21 am |
  35. Kanan

    I have seen you journalists put your life in the line and get us real news for so many years. It's surprising that mr. Nir wouldn't READ before putting his mouth in action on his fellow teammate. My heart goes out to Ms. Logan.

    February 17, 2011 at 1:20 am |
  36. MICHELLE GARGOTTO

    NIR ROSEN "sexual assault that's no laughing matter ESPECIALLY FOR A MAN." Does he think it is worst for a man than a woman? What kind of a journalist is he. If he was a teacher at
    New York University, how typical is this attitude among the others teaching there.
    No wonder RAPE isn't taken seriously in the US.

    February 17, 2011 at 1:13 am |
  37. Joe Williams

    Eight years of reporting and he doesn't have any idea what he is doing? Sad but seems to me he said exactly what he feels. Certainly we Americans are heartbroken from the attack on Laura Logan. Nir you can't honestly believe it was the right way to reveal your view. Painfully clear why most of us have never herd of you. Guess fox will invite you to have your own hour show.

    February 17, 2011 at 12:18 am |
  38. James

    Cooper Anderson – you are the man. This guy is lying and you show more control than most would. Respect.

    February 16, 2011 at 11:47 pm |