SOME THINGS YOU DON'T JOKE ABOUT
Lara Logan, shown here in 2005, is chief foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News. (Ruth Fremson/The New York Times)
I felt compelled to join a Twitter based conversation that swirled around comments made by Nir Rosen an NYU fellow and writer.
I will not repeat his indiscretions, but will note they were made about the brutal assault on CBS Correspondent Lara Logan in Cairo.
I am a loud advocate of the First Amendment and believe that a commitment to free speech must, some times, suffer the excesses of zealots and idiots. There is however, an however an in my thinking.
I learned from my parents, free thinking, politically sophisticated, well read and wise people, there are some things you just don't joke about. Civility, decency, good manners do matter, even if we seem to inherit an increasingly course and unsophisticated age.
I'm including my comments about Rosen, as posted at a couple of places.
Brutality to a journalist while trying to report is no laughing matter. Insensitivity breeds. Rosen should know better. Now he understands that loutish behavior should be called out.
The nature of the attack on Logan only makes Rosen's comments all the more reprehensible. Rosen wrote an eloquent apology, to which I responded on SALON.