Julie Gerstein (New York Magazine) gets it. It's so nice to find someone who does. Anderson Cooper gets it. But for everyone that gets it, a ton sit on the fence and pretend that Nir Rosen has offered an apology.
Backstory: Lara Logan went to Egypt to report on the protests. Her last day in Egypt, she ends up attacked and sexually assaulted by a mob. When CBS releases a statement about this, Nir Rosen takes to Twitter and begins attacking her, claiming she deserved it, thinking it's funny, claiming it would be funny if it happened to Anderson Cooper too, offering an 'apology' where he attacks her yet again and it just never ends. Finally, when he has to leave a college (he's already had problems with one NGO before this, Nir Rosen is offensive), he spends yesterday on an 'apology' tour in which he never apologizes.
During Wednesday's interview with Cooper, Rosen repeatedly attempted to position himself as the victim, with a basic message that "I ruined my own life." And that sentiment was perpetuated in a short essay that appeared on Salon on Thursday, again posing Rosen as the victim:
In the essay, "How 480 characters unraveled my career," Rosen took many more than his original 480 characters to paint a picture of himself as progressive martyr. Rather than apologize and walk away, Rosen used Salon as a platform to attack his enemies, unfold a right wing conspiracy theory and pontificate on his new victim status.
And yet, in all the tweets, essays and interviews, Rosen has yet to come across and truly contrite and apologetic. Maybe he should use some of his new-found free time to work on that.
I find it hard to believe that Nir Rosen never got taught how to apologize. When I was a kid, I was taught how and taught how repeatedly. Did Nir Rosen suffer from bad parenting or did he manage to f**k that up too?
If I have said something about you that was out of bounds, my job is not to explain how I have a big old chip on my shoulder and I'm a whiny little baby. My job is to apologize. "I am sorry" is meaningless when what follows is more attacks on Lara Logan.
She 'deserved' to be sexually assaulted, he had Tweeted, because she was a "war monger." In his 'apologies,' he can't stop insulting her. Those aren't apologies.
If he had any responsible parenting, they would have grabbed him by the ear, hauled his little candy ass to the bathroom, given him a mouth of soap and a half hour of corner time to see if he could figure out what he did wrong.
What he did wrong? Lara Logan didn't need his crap, she was already suffering. But that's actually the least of it. It wasn't just "crap" that he offered. It was the mind set of a rapist, of a sexual assailant. He offered, he embraced it. C.I. made that point about Nir Rosen in the snapshot. And at a time when rape is an epidemic globally, those who popularize that sentiment that seeks to excuse rape need to be held accountable. It goes far beyond Lara Logan (who again, did not need his crap on top of what she is already dealing with -- nor do any victims of sexual assault need Nir Rosen's crap).