"My views on women’s rights have always been quite radical (in defense of women)," asserts doghouse-confined "left-wing journalist" Nir Rosen (above) on assignment in Dubai, protesting perhaps a bit too much in an apologia for having made light on Twitter of fellow journalist Lara Logan's barbarous sexual assault by a gang of Egyptian revelers last week. "Working in the Middle East, parts of Africa and Asia (like Afghanistan) and in Mexico only further outraged me, because I have seen first hand how brutally women are treated there. And we are only a little bit better in the West. The status of women in the United States is also deplorable." Uh huh.
Twitter isn't just for earth-shaking revolutions overseas any more. It can turn a case of individual online boorishness into a spontaneous teachable moment that trumps the faux outrage and calls for "a new civility" foisted upon us by the Journolist crowd a few weeks back in the aftermath of the Tucson massacre. In case you missed the individual boorishness story, a few words from The Daily Caller to get up to speed:
Left-wing journalist Nir Rosen joked today about the sexual assault of CBS News’ chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan. Logan was assaulted on Friday during celebrations in Cairo that followed Hosni Mubarak’s resignation.
The initial tweet by Rosen stated, “Lara Logan had to outdo Anderson. Where was her buddy McCrystal.” From this tweet he went further, writing that he would have been amused if Anderson Cooper had also been sexually assaulted.
Retweeting breaking news of Nir Rosen's resignation from NYU this morning, "Now to MSNBC?" quipped bon mot meister John Nolte, with reference to the Network of Nasty as a suitable place of employment for the disgraced opinionator.
"It's the modrin-day version of the village folk whispering behind their shutters" we twittered Big Hollywood Editor-in-Chief John Nolte this morning as news was breaking of Nir Rosen's fall from grace, virtually pilloried for offending common standards of civilized behavior. Who knew we still had those? Thank you, Twitter.
"Twitter is [the] most powerful political force in [the] world right now," Nolte twittered back:
We the People personified. No MSM filter. Truth & Ideas=power.
Update: Important insights from Dan Collins:
The Clash of Values: Lara Logans Sexual Assault
Update II: And from the titillatingly trenchant Jim Treacher:
Teabaggers spew vitriol at women and black people. Wait, did I say teabaggers? I meant liberals.
Update III: Michelle Malkin Buzzworthy link!
Update IV: Lie down with superblogs, get up with delusions of grandeur:
Update V: Featured blog on Pundit & Pundette!