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CBS Faces Questions About Its Handling of Assault on Lara Logan–Did Network Try to Suppress the Story? And Why Did CNN Blur Faces of Men in Logan Photo?

Feb 17, 2011  •  Post A Comment

CBS is under scrutiny over its handling of the story of an attack on its correspondent Lara Logan, who was sexually assaulted Feb. 11 by a mob while covering the fall of Hosni Mubarak in Cairo.

The network is being criticized by some media outlets for holding off on reporting the story.The New York Post reported: “CBS went public with the incident only after it became clear that other media outlets were on to it, sources said.”

The Boston Herald published a piece by Michael Graham today under the headline “CBS complicit in news coverup” in which the writer accuses CBS of sitting on the story and says the network left important details out of its reporting, including that Logan was assaulted “by thugs yelling, ‘Jew! Jew!’”

The L.A. Times, meanwhile, questioned why CNN blurred the faces of men in the crowd behind Logan in a photo it aired of the reporter before the attack.

In response to the Times inquiry, a CNN spokeswoman said today, "The photo, which CBS said was taken before the attack, was being used on our air as we reported about the sexual assault. We made a network-wide editorial decision to blur the faces of those around Logan because we didn’t know if those in the photograph were involved in the attack or not."

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  1. The media including CBS and CNN wanted to avoid showing the mob of thugs as what they are. We were being told this was an independance rally – rah rah rah!!! But the reality is that they are brutal hateful people who hide behind religion.

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