Lara Logan's horrifically prescient interview with Charlie Rose: 'It's in my blood to be there.'

CBS news correspondent Lara Logan, who was beaten and sexually assaulted by an Egyptian mob on Feb. 11, was reportedly released from the hospital yesterday and recuperating at her home. CBS News would not comment on the development. The tragedy occurred after she bravely returned to Cairo to cover the unfolding political upheaval and interview Wael Ghonim, the Google executive who’d become a voice of the uprising against Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. Logan and her team had already encountered the dangers of reporting the news in a crumbling police state: Egyptian soldiers had previously blindfolded them, marched them at gunpoint, and accused them of being spies. In this interview from last week, Logan told Charlie Rose that she recognized the danger of going back into Cairo, but that it was in her blood to be covering this story. Check out a short clip below, or click here for the entire interview.

Logan’s courage and dedication showcase journalism at its finest, and her colleagues have rallied to her side. NBC Nightly News tweeted, “Sending our best to @CBSNews correspondent Lara Logan after her horrific ordeal in Cairo last week.” CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who himself was roughed up in Cairo, tweeted, “Sickened and saddened by the attack on Lara Logan. She is in all of our thoughts and prayers.”

Here’s to a speedy recovery, Ms. Logan.

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  • matterlyb

    Thank you, EW, for covering this – a story that’s either been completely ignored, or covered from the angle of blaming the victim! What happened to Ms. Logan was deplorable. She was just doing her job, just like Andersen Cooper or any other news reporter. She did not deserve this. What a nightmare for her. I hope she recovers.

  • Larry David

    You want to play with the big boys, don’t whine about it later.

    • hayleymac

      thoughts and prayers to you lara!

    • Ke

      Maybe the real Larry David could bring a lawsuit aganist this clown. I’m sure they could think of something about using his name.

      • Larry David

        I am the real Larry David. Reality check. People sometimes have the same names as others.

      • Chris NYC

        You are a dirtbag

    • LEE


  • Chris

    EW, please ban the commentator Larry David. Thanks.

    Awful story.

    • Irina

      I second that. “Larry David” needs to go. No one deserves to be beaten up and raped for attempting to cover a history-making news event.

      • Karate Pants

        EW, you should close this article for comments, out of respect for Lara Logan. If you can’t control your trolls, block the comments.

      • Larry David

        So you support censorship? Only opinions that count are the ones that agree with you. I am sure Lara would be disappointed in you.

      • Karate Pants

        This isn’t censorship. I’m calling for someone to moderate the message board to ensure that it’s place of healthy discourse.
        I think Lara would be more disappointed that there’s some sick b@$tard hunched over a computer making vile comments that allude her being somehow deserving of battery and sexual assault.

      • ^..^

        Just try ignoring LD if he’s too offensive for your tastes.

      • Le HIROSHI

        Ms. Logan, I’m wishing you well.

        – –

        PS: Thank you, Jeff for the update. And I agree (with Karate Pants et al(?)) that comments be moderated or not allowed at all.

      • Irene

        Actually NO news source has ever said she was “raped”. They keep repeating the term “sexually assaulted”. A sexual assault is unwanted touching of certain body parts (breasts, butt, vagina) but it’s not penetration with sexual organs. Had it been rape, CBS would have said so. Minor issue but important to get the facts straight.

      • stella

        @Irina – “sexual assault” is usually the term used for its vagueness, as to protect the victim. Rape qualifies as sexual assault.

      • Irene

        @stella: you are wrong. You can say rape on t.v. When people are raped, they same raped. When it’s aggressive groping they refer to it as “sexual assault”. Anyway the Wallstreet journal has already interviewed a representative for Lara Logan and they said she was not “raped”. The incident was short and lasted just long enugh for them to grab body parts and beat her up. It’s horrible but at least she was not raped.

    • miss k

      Agreed! Ban Larry David the ever persistent troll.

      • Reena

        I have tried emailing ew several times about larry david…he made comments a while back that were just not right to say but ew didnt do anything about it…i am all for free speech and people expressing their opinions but when it turns into being nasty or just plain not right then i have to agree on censoring a person….

  • DavidJ

    She seems like a pretty strong woman, but man, I can’t even imagine how traumatic something like that must be…

    • Dark Willow

      Hopefully she has a large support group to help her through this. In all the articles I’ve seen today, the most disturbing is that they use the phrase, “a brutal and SUSTAINED sexual assault and beating.” How long did it take for those brave women (and soldiers) to come to her aid? Scary. My thoughts go out to her.

  • Larry David

    So she knew the danger and yet went back. Oh well.

  • Larry David

    Stop throwing the word Rape around. No where is it mentioned she was raped.

    • K

      Nowhere is it mentioned exactly *what* happened to her. You know, other than “brutal” and “sustained” sexual assualt. That could include a lot of terrible things, and I truly hope she recovers physically and emotionally. She’s a ballsy woman to have gone back there and I respect that.

    • Chris NYC

      Everywhere it’s stated she was raped, beaten and saved by the military, or else she’d be dead.

      • Irene

        No actually no where is it said that she was “raped”. No news source has used that word. It’s laymen who are taking the term ‘sexual assault” to mean rape which is not true. Sexual assault is not penetrating sexual contact.

      • suzyq

        I’m not sure how it is in other places, but in the state of Illinois, “Sexual Assault” is a sexual attack which penetrates any bodily orifice. “Sexual Abuse” is a non-penetrating sexual attack. I’m reading this as “rape.”

      • Irene

        @suzyq you can read it anyway you want but it has already been reported that she wasn’t raped. It’s ironic that a reporter that is excellent about getting the facts of each story across now has to deal with people going around with false information about her personal situation.

        If she wasn’t raped I don’t see why people WANT it to be a rape story. Shouldn’t you be happy that at least she didn’t suffer that indignity or is everyone on some type of agenda that has nothing to do with Lara Logan?

    • Claire

      You know what Larry David you can start dictating terms of what the rest of us can say when you live through what this woman did, then you can decide the difference between rape and sexual assualt. Did you ever consider CBS is saying sexual assualt and not rape to protect her privacy?

    • Yeahright

      Irene you keep bringing up the “it wasn’t rape it was sexual assault” bit and its completely irrelevant. Whether by a person or foreign object any form of penetration is also considered sexual assault. So what are you trying to say that if she wasn’t raped and only groped thats not as bad?? Why don’t you keep your ignorant comments to yourself and stop trying to steer the topic from the main point. Lara Logan was brutally attacked and I hope she recovers soon.

  • Stephanie

    Was deeply saddened by this story. She’s a great journalist and I have a huge amount of respect for her. Wishing Lara a speedy recovery and keeping her in my prayers!

  • moinutevideo

    I believe when in a war zone anything can happen thats why you run the risk of being capture for foolish behavior. Nobody going to let you to walk around when an uprising is in the process.

  • Pittner

    I hope she recovers well but she’s not courageous just for going over there. It’s just somebody who wants to get a great story so they can get more attention for themselves.

    • kit

      Why don’t you go hop on a plane to Cairo then and see how courageous you are?

  • Missy

    I am truly sorry for what happened to Ms. Logan, these kind of savage attacks should not even exist and shouldn’t even cross anyone’s mind to commit. But let’s be careful not use this as an excuse to stereotype.

    Roger Ebert used this as an opportunity to say this shows how badly the middle east treats women. A lot of commentators on other websites have said the same thing. People seem to forget that these kind of horrid attacks happen EVERYWHERE! In North America, some sick men even abuse their own children! You hear about it all the time but no one ever says “This goes to show you how badly Americans/Canadians treat their children” or “this goes to show you how uncivilized and brutal Americans/Canadians can be”. It is estimated than 1/3 of women in North America are victims of these sorts of crimes, which is huge. But no one connects the dots and says that this is a result of a senseless, violent culture.

    This kind of savage attack could have happened anywhehere there was a mob or frenzy, and to use this as an excuse to paint all middle easterners with the same brush is ridiculous.

    • Jane

      It can be argued that rape is not necessarily a result of the culture. Rape has been around for a long time and is quite commonplace in war and other lawless situations. It seems to be when males are placed in situations where their own survival might be in danger they tend to commit these acts. The fact that war and rape have been common place since before we were human means that on an evolutionary scale it is a successful mating strategy. As such it has been argued that this behaviour is a heritable trait. Education can help but remember how many rapes were committed by the more educated societies in times of war, Americans in Vietnam, Japanese in WW2, Russians in WW2, etc….

  • geoff

    I noticed that also, nobody says the word “rape” only sexual assault. That could mean anything from yelling to fondling. Be specific if you desire accuracy, unless your goal is to make her a larger story than she is.

    As to her being blindfolded and frogmarched by these savages, then going back and acting shocked and dismayed that it happened again? lol, come on.

    Of course she doesn’t deserve to be “assaulted” but I will save my tears for those who don’t seemingly beg for it by repeatedly going back in the middle of these rioting islamists who at best, do not respect women, especially western ones, and at worse actively despise them.

    So you can hurl your proverbial poo at mr david, but the fact remains Ms Logan and her staff are morons. If I fell in a gorilla cage and narrowly ascaped being mauled to death, I would never expect tears and indignation from the public if I decided to jump back in. Period. End of story. Begin hurling.

    • DavidJ

      If you had bothered to read any of the stories, this was a different group of people than the ones who imprisoned them before. In fact with all the celebrating and the generally happy mood of the vast MAJORITY of people there, I’d be a lot more confident going back in there too.
      I’ll just never understand this “blame the victim” mentality some people have.

      • Lala

        The same could be said for the women who were sexually assaulted a few years ago at the Puerto Rican Day parade in NY. Mob mentality takes over very easily. However, you know there is the possibility for anything in that type of situation. It IS going to be dangerous, particularly for a woman, and more so for a blond western woman. She did not deserve what happened to her, but something like this is a real possibility in a situation like that. Death is is a great possibility. it is dangerous, people! And methinks that the soldiers who eventually stepped in did so ONLY after the women stepped in to save her. otherwise, they would have continued to stand by and this would be even worse. it isnt PC to say, but most men there don’t have any respect for women, especially western women. Condemning that sentiment doesn’t make it go away. You make men kings and women chattle, that is going to be the attitude.

      • Aussie Matt

        You ‘Blame the victim’ when they put themselves in harms way, especially in a different country / culture. She wasn’t there for humanitarian reasons – she is addicted to the fame and notoriety she receives by putting herself in harms way. She is to blame and she should think herself lucky to be alive to cash in on her ordeal (Standby for the book).

    • Jannie

      ONLY sexual assault. Since the media doesn’t gratify your desire for details, it’s not such a big deal, and she asked for it. You’re a vile dirtbag. Period. End of story.

  • Cameron Yarde Jnr

    It’s horrible what happened to her. A serious sexual assault suggests she was raped even though it wasn’t said. I’m not sure how you differentiate.

  • expat

    Its quite astounding that CBS would send into a crowd of men in the middle east, a women with no head cover, let along a beautiful blonde like Lara. You have to use your heads folks. At least look at how women at PBS and Cristian Amanpour present themselves when they are in a different culture. CBS shows no common sense. I am very sorry for Lara.

    • Bebe

      And BINGO! In this day and age, there’s no need to send reporters to these danger zones. And it’s downright stupid to send beautify BLONDE women in western garb to Egypt to cover an uprising where people are running wild in the streets. They were ASKING for her to be raped, or worse. And it’s all for ratings, folks. Enjoy your regularly scheduled programming, now in progress…

      • Irene

        I don’t think they were asking for her to be raped (and for the record CBS never said she was raped) but they saw that other reporters were making news around the globe for being attacked while in the middle of a mob. I think CBS producers wanted their reporter to also get some attention for dealing with a mob. But I wouldn’t go so far as to say they wanted her sexually assaulted.

      • joe

        Exactly! What bussines does a little model girl has at a place like that….stupid are the dumbasses who say she was strong for going, she is an idot who got it coming, was warned about it and went back for seconds.

  • Javo

    There is a difference between knowing the dangers and “asking for something like this to happen.” People do dangerous things all the time, that doesn’t mean that they deserve something bad to happen to them. A race car driver doesn’t deserve to get in a car accident, a pilot doesn’t deserve to die in a plane crash, a coal miner doesn’t deserve to have the cave collapse around him. She loves being a journalist and knows that if people like her don’t get into the thick of things to tell the story, the story may not be told. I don’t know Lara, or even specifically what happened to her on February 11, but she doesn’t seem the type who would want your pity, just your support.

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  • matterlyb

    How sexist is that line of thinking?? The woman is a professional reporter. That’s her job. She’s not on a reality show, she’s not walking a red carpet. She is there to report a story. Her looks have nothing to do with it. Did Anderson Cooper’s looks have anything to do with him getting punched in the head 10 times?

    Brutal, sustained sexual assault. What else could that be but rape?

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