I swear meanness on the Internet just gets worse and worse.
What got me thinking about this was a note on Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish blog about reaction to the reported sexual assault of CBS reporter Lara Logan recently during unrest in Egypt.
Particularly awful, hateful comments came from both the left and the right. Lefty journalist Nir Rosen joked about the assault. I guess he figured he could because he believes Logan is insufficiently leftist, and too cozy with the military. Or something.
Nir Rosen lost his position at NYU today over remarkably stupid things he said about CBS reporter Lara Logan
I quote Rosen:
“Jesus Christ, at a moment when she is going to become a martyr and glorified we should at least remember her role as a major war monger”
“Look, she was probably groped like thousands of other women, which is still wrong, but if it was worse than [sic] I’m sorry.”
He also said he wished Anderson Cooper was similarly assaulted.
Rosen later said he regretted making the statements. Still, he was a fellow at NYU’s Center for Law and Security, but they forced him to resign over the Logan comments, according to the Washington Post and other media outlets.
On the right, we have somebody who is at least a big a loser as Rosen. Meet conservative commentator Debbie Schlussel, who, unlike Rosen, thinks Logan is too far left, but like Rosen, things Logan, because of her alleged viewpoints, got what she deserved. Geez, you can’t please anybody.
Conservative commentator Debbie Schlussel also says many not very bright things. She unloaded on Lara Logan, too.
Here’s a sample of the idiotic things Schlussel said.
“So sad, too bad, Lara. No one told her to go there. She knew the risks. And she should have known what Islam is all about. Now she knows. Or so we’d hope. But in the case of the media vis-a-vis Islam, that’s a hope that’s generally unanswered.
This never happened to her or any other mainstream media reporter when Mubarak was allowed to treat his country of savages in the only way they can be controlled.
Now that’s all gone. How fitting that Lara Logan was “liberated” by Muslims in Liberation Square while she was gushing over the other part of the “liberation.”
Hope you’re enjoying the revolution, Lara! Alhamdilllullah [praise allah].
So according to Schlussel, all Muslims are savage rapist, and anybody who thinks otherwise ought to get some bad karma.
Today, Schlussel wrote that she doesn’t actual advocate sexual assault. (Mighty nice of her!) But she does add this:
“THIS. IS. ISLAM. Lara Logan was among the chief cheerleaders of this “revolution” by animals.”
Schlussel also complains she got death threats over her comments. Well, of course some lunatics are going to use utter stupidiy to confront morons, so there you go.
I hope no harm ever comes to Schlussel. I just wish she’d shut up and close her blog. I know I shouldn’t even publicize her garbage, but it’s good to get jerky comments out in the open for public scrutiny and outrage.
Elsewhere in the mean Internet world, a West Coast CBS reporter apparently had some sort of stroke on air that affected her speech, and when she started to report, jibberish came out.
I won’t show you the video of what happened, mostly because people have been using the video to mock the reporter mercilessly. People: She was having a medical problem. Show some compassion. Do you hate everybody? Hope that doesn’t ever happen to you.
I admit I sometimes have a mean streak when I write this blog. I can be viscious toward some people. But I try to call people on the stupid things they say and do that are their choice.
Of course I welcome any views that oppose mine. Write ’em in the comment section. But if you’re just going to say stupid, angry things without making a coherent argument, I will not give you the time of day.
There. I always feel better after a rant.