Another perspective on Lara Logan

I’m guessing most of you are aware by now that a TV journalist was sexually assaulted while covering the protests in Egypt recently.

The assault and reactions to it have received a lot of coverage, and I’ve been reading quite a bit about it, lately.

Look at what a writer for Poynter had to say about this, and think about what John Schneller talked about last week in our framing discussion. The questions we ask steer us toward a particular story. This piece describes the often unconscious ways we bias our coverage of sexual assault.

What do you think of what Julie Moos has to say in the Poynter piece?

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6 Responses to Another perspective on Lara Logan

  1. Jamie Hausman says:

    I think it’s a valid piece and a great point. Lara Logan’s situation was covered by every major media outlet, but the ambiguity made the attack very hazy. More than 100 journalists have been attacked since the Egyptian revolution began, and from a terror standpoint, they are operating violently and without organization. I don’t think female journalists should be kept out of dangerous situations because Logan had a crew with her that could have protected her, however, she was separated from them and rendered helpless. When I heard she was “sexually assaulted” I wondered what that entailed. I understand she has every right to her privacy, but a clearer report would have relayed the severity (or lack thereof, whichever it would be) to the public.

    • reedkath says:

      I think you’re right. There was a notable lack of detail (though I don’t want too much of it), and that probably contributed to some of the less compassionate comments that were made (like those of Nir Rosen, who has since apologized for his knuckled-headed Tweets).

  2. Camille Phillips says:

    I thought the Pointer piece had the potential to create a paradigm shift. It made some very good points about telling sexual assault like it is and letting the victim / survivor decide whether or not he or she is named. Sexual assault affects us all, both as a part of humanity and as individuals. I would venture to guess that most people have a friend or family member who has been assaulted, even if they aren’t aware of it. And it has long term affects on how the person assaulted views the world, especially if they don’t talk about it.

  3. Ryan Cornell says:

    This reminded me of an article I read on Gawker recently. Basically, what it says it that incidents such as these are inevitable in the line of fire associated with dangerous reporting. I highly recommend giving it a read.

    Another thought the Poynter article spurred in my mind (besides the great use of bulleting) is the Tucson shooting a while back. I remember hearing on the radio that a congresswoman was shot. But they never disclosed that there were any other victims and I didn’t find out that anyone else was killed or injured until the next day.

  4. Lainie says:

    The other really unusual thing about this article is that it ends on an almost upbeat note – at least an empowering one. I read an amazing mass of articles by the Center for Public Integrity recently on the same topic (http://www.publicintegrity.org/investigations/campus_assault/). I learned a lot, but I had to stop reading because I was starting to cry in a cafe. It was so depressing – it was awful. This one gave hope.

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