RUSH: Jeannie in a truck in Kansas, welcome to the EIB Network. Hello.
CALLER: Hello, Rush. Mega dittos.
RUSH: Thank you very much.
CALLER: From a truck driving, SUV driving, gun-toting, beer shooting redneck woman. How’s that?
RUSH: I am honored and flattered that you are in this audience, and I’m honored that you called. And, by the way, you’re in an SUV?
CALLER: No, I’m in a semi-truck right now, but I drive an SUV when I’m home.
RUSH: Oh, okay listen to this. This story from Bloomington, Indiana: ‘The director of the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center in Indiana says he and his staff are praying for the family of the Dalai Lama’s nephew after he was killed by an SUV in Florida during a walk to promote Tibetan independence.’ So we’re back now to the SUV is a killer, not the driver, the SUV. Anyway, what’s up, Jeannie? I’m glad you called. It’s great to have you out there. Seriously, it is.
CALLER: Okay. Well, I drive a truck for a living, and I’m a talk news radio junkie, and yesterday I heard a couple of reports about a female CBS News reporter that was sexually assaulted and beaten severely while in Egypt when she got separated from her camera crew. And this happened on Friday. My question is why isn’t Obama looking for somebody’s ass to kick over this?
RUSH: Well —
CALLER: I mean CBS should be one of his people, you know, and Hillary Clinton, why isn’t she outraged over a female reporter being sexually assaulted? I mean, it’s one thing for the male reporters to have been hit with rocks or beaten or whatever, but this girl was dragged away from her camera crew and sexually assaulted for hours.
RUSH: Yeah, this is Lara Logan of CBS News.
RUSH: Well, the Muslim Brotherhood, it is suspected, is behind this. Certainly it was members of the crowd. It was the Egyptian military and a bunch of women who saved her.
CALLER: Well, I can believe that. And these are the people that Obama’s backing, this Muslim Brotherhood? I mean, come on, I mean why isn’t there — I don’t understand, you know, Rosie O’Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, and Oprah Winfrey are constantly talking about women’s rights in the Middle East and one of our own gets sexually assaulted over there.
RUSH: Look, okay, you’re forcing me into this. You’re forcing me into this. To report widely on this totally destroys the narrative they’ve set up about this is that Obama is responsible for all of the wonderful things that happened in that square to get rid of Mubarak. Obama owns the mob. They were running around asking the members of the crowd, ‘What do you think of Obama? What is your message for Obama?’ So they set this thing up as this is a freedom-loving bunch, a bunch that’s oriented toward freedom and democracy. Well, this doesn’t fit the template. It just doesn’t fit the template of who the people in the crowd were. So it’s gotta sorta be downplayed a little bit. If you’re outraged just by the story itself, listen to this now, Jeannie.
Jim Geraghty at The Campaign Spot at National Review Online has reported that a guy at the New York Center for Law and Security named Nir Rosen has posted tweets commenting on this. And it’s horrible. This guy is making light of what happened to her. Oh, she can’t take it. What did she think was going to happen? This guy is a fellow at the New York University Center for Law and Security, and he posted some of his worst comments about her on his Twitter feed. He took some of them down but they’re out there now, they’re in the ether, and people took screen shots and they’ve got the cache file. I don’t know that I want to share some of these things specifically with you but I mean this guy is just unapologetic. He doesn’t think it’s any big deal. She deserved it. She invited it. She asked for it. What did she think was gonna happen, this kinda stuff.
His name is Nir Rosen. He says: ‘I’m rolling my eyes at all the attention she’s gonna get because of this now. Oh, my God, I can’t wait to see how everybody goes nuts over what happened.’ It’s like it’s no big deal. He says, ‘Jesus Christ, at a moment when she’s gonna become a martyr and glorified, we should at least remember her role as a major warmonger. My wife didn’t dedicate her career to promoting America’s wars. Look, she was probably groped like thousands of other women, which is still wrong, but if it was worse than that, I’m sorry. Not really as terrible, but you had millions of people on the street. This is not exactly shocking.’
These are the comments posted on the guy’s Twitter feed. He made mention that he had no sympathy for her and that we should remember her as the major warmonger that we know she is. ‘Have to find humor in the small things,’ he said. Jim Geraghty found this guy’s tweets. That’s just one reaction to it. And of course you’re not gonna hear about these, either. If I hadn’t found it on Geraghty’s place at National Review Online, a lot of you wouldn’t hear about this. But you let a conservative say things like this Nir Rosen, or even halfway, it’s all over the worldwide press in a lickety-split.
Lara Logan is back and due to be out of the hospital I think today, and said to be in good spirits. Nir Rosen resigned.
RUSH: Okay, more on Nir Rosen if you’re interested. He has resigned from New York University. He was a ‘fellow,’ which means he had a chair. Like at the Limbaugh Institute I’m in the Attila the Hun chair. He had a chair. He was a distinguished fellow at the New York City Center of Law and Security. This guy is American. He regularly contributed to — well, he does contribute — to places like the Atlanta monthly, the Washington Post, the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s. And the New York Post is reporting today that whoever it was that attacked Lara Logan was shouting, ‘Jew! Jew!’ during their assault on her.
‘Logan had told Esquire magazine the day before her attack that Egyptian soldiers were harassing her and accusing her of being an Israeli spy.’ But it turned out it was 20 members of the Egyptian military that rescued her. Mr. Rosen has apologized. He said, ‘I deeply regret making insensitive but completely insincere jokes to a couple of friends on Twitter. I’m deeply ashamed because they don’t represent who I am, and I would like to convey my most heartfelt apologies to Ms. Logan, her family, her friends, all women, and everybody I’ve hurt, angered, and disappointed.’ That’s the old, ‘That’s not who I am’ defense. It’s becoming a popular defense for people who are caught being themselves.
‘That’s not who I am!’
Yeah? Who was it, then? Who got hold of your Twitter account?
‘That’s not who I am. That’s not the real me.’
(interruption) Okay, Snerdley. Question? What’s the question? (interruption) The question… (interruption) Oh, come on. There’s no way. No way! Snerdley wants to know if broadcast executives will now refrain from sending women to these places. There’s no way. I mean, just like they’re not gonna reexamine sending men. Anderson Cooper got beat upside the head. (interruption) It doesn’t matter he’s a guy. Doesn’t matter. People get beat upside the head, she was sexually assaulted. It’s not gonna deter them. You think it’s gonna cause ’em not to send women to these places? (interruption) Look, we’re talking about putting women in combat in the Armed Forces for 20 years here. I don’t think it’s gonna change anything. My guess is Lara Logan is gonna be the first to want to go back in a circumstance like this. That’d just be my wild guess.