Jim Hoft: Lara Logan Learns PC Lesson The Hard Way

Gateway Pundit‘s Jim Hoft tries to out Nir Rosen Nir Rosen:

Lara Logan is lucky she’s alive.
Her liberal belief system almost got her killed on Friday. This talented reporter will never be the same.

Why did this attractive blonde female reporter wander into Tahrir Square last Friday?

Why would she think this was a good idea? Did she not see the violence in the square the last three weeks? Did she not see the rock throwing? Did she miss the camels? Did her colleagues tell her about the Western journalists who were viciously assaulted on the Square? Did she forget about the taunts from the Egyptian thugs the day before? What was she thinking? Was it her political correctness that about got her killed? Did she think things would be different for her?

Seriously, dude?

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  1. CB says:

    does it even cross his mind that these are, you know, actual reporters doing, you know, actual reporting from dangerous areas?

    or is it more important to look for the political correctness angle to brow beat your political opponents?

    stupid question, i know.

  2. MichaelW says:

    Comparing Jim’s comments to Nir Rosen is competely ridiculous. They aren’t even in the zip code.

    And if any of you had ever been to the Middle East, much less Egypt, you would recognize the sagacity of the questions.

  3. James Joyner says:

    I spent a month in Egypt, mostly in Cairo, in 2001 without being assaulted.

    And Jim’s comments were not only published after the Rosen controversy went viral but it was a blog post rather than some offhand crap pushed out on Twitter.

  4. MichaelW says:

    No offense, Doc, but you’re not an attractive woman. I was there for a few weeks with my girlfriend back in 1992, and she was frequently groped by shopkeepers and men in the cafes. The owner of a hotel we stayed in while visiting Luxor actually asked me what my price for her was (right in front of her). That made for an interesting discussion.

    The point is, attractive women who aren’t covered up from head to toe get groped or worse in Middle East countries, and especially in Egypt. It was late Spring when we were there (i.e. very hot) and my buxom, red-headed girlfriend (understandably) refused to wear anything more than a tank-top and t-shirt. We were yelled at numerous times by random women who thought she was dressed like a hussy. The men all seemed to thin it was an invitation to feel her up. And this was during a very calm time in Egypt. I can’t imagine what it would be like with the people all riled up.

    The point is, you may think what Jim wrote was dumb or illogical, but it is nothing like the disrespectful and demeaning crap that Rosen was spewing.

  5. James Joyner says:


    Fair point on the differentness of being a woman in those places. We had some women with us, a couple of whom were pretty good looking, but everyone was dressed in accordance with Egyptian cultural norms. The women weren’t in headscarves and such — but, then again, neither were most Egyptian women, at least in Cairo — but they weren’t in shorts and tank tops, either.

    If Jim’s point is simply that attractive blonde women shouldn’t go into hostile mobs, he’s likely right. But the reason she did is pretty obvious: It was her job.

  6. Restless says:

    Gross dumb guy is gross and dumb…

  7. Richard Gardner says:

    I think the subject in his sentences should be replaced with “her producer.” He or she was equally responsible for the decision, driven by the desire for ratings via dramatic coverage.

  8. tom p says:

    What was my wife thinking?

    It is a fact that more women are assualted by their male counterpart than ever are by strangers. My wife had multiple first hand experiences in this fact with her first husband. She finally got rid of him.

    Then she married me. WHAT WAS SHE THINKING??? I might assault her at ANY moment!

  9. Steven Plunk says:

    Seriously, there is no comparison with Rosen’s remarks and these.

  10. Patrick T. McGuire says:

    “The point is, attractive women who aren’t covered up from head to toe get groped or worse in Middle East countries, and especially in Egypt.”

    And especially if they are blonde. I knew a boy, somewhere around 17 yrs. old, who had pure blonde hair and baby blue eyes. He had to travel with at least two other men every time he went to Cairo because of the “attention” he drew from the men in the street.

  11. Adam Shriver says:

    Hoft also called Logan a “whore” in 2008 because she had the audacity to have sexual intercourse with more than one person in her life. He’s just flat out a horrible person.

  12. Neo says:

    The biggest difference between Hoft and Rosen is that we know the answer to “what was she thinking ?” is that she wasn’t thinking. That’s a lot different than say she deserved it.