Roger Ebert and other journalists show compassion toward the brutalized CBS reporter

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Anderson Cooper, who escaped serious injury while he was covering the unrest in Egypt, has reached out to 60 Minutes reporter Lara Logan, who on Feb. 11, it was announced Tuesday, was brutally assaulted by a mob of men in Tahrir Square while she was carrying out her job.

“Sickened and saddened by the attack on Lara Logan,” the CNN anchor, 43, Tweeted. “She is in all of our thoughts and prayers.

Logan, 39, a native of South Africa, has covered battlefields for nearly 20 years. During the Feb. 11 incident, she was separated from her crew and was eventually rescued by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers, according to a CBS statement.

She was released from the hospital Tuesday late afternoon and is now resting at her Washington, D.C.-area home with her husband and two children, reports ABC News.

Logan’s colleagues at other networks have also joined in a chorus of compassion for her, notes the Hollywood Reporter. From NBC Nightly News came the Tweet: “Sending our best to @CBSNews correspondent Lara Logan after her horrific ordeal in Cairo last week.”

Film critic Roger Ebert, from Chicago, also Tweeted: “The attack on Lara Logan brings Middle East attitudes toward women into sad focus.”

Offensive Remarks

Still, in what is coming across to many as offensive, or even a sick joke, a journalist named Nir Rosen called Logan a “war monger” who would probably become a “martyr” for having been attacked.

Rosen, 33, Tweeted: “Lara Logan had to outdo Anderson [Cooper]. Yes yes its wrong what happened to her. Of course. I don’t support that. But, it would have been funny if it happened to Anderson too.”

Although some of the comments subsequently were removed from Rosen’s Twitter page, Jeffrey Goldberg, a correspondent for The Atlantic wrote: “Rosen found humor in the fact that Logan was sexually assaulted in Cairo. Apparently, Rosen doesn’t understand much about violence against women; he also doesn’t seem to understand much about Twitter.”

In an editorial by the National Review Online‘s Jim Geraghty, Fox News labeled Rosen “despicable.” (Fox News journalist Greg Palkot and video journalist Olaf Wiig also suffered serious injuries in Egypt, after being detained by military police, blindfolded and accused of being Israeli spies.)

Hours later, Rosen returned to Twitter to “apologize and take it back,” he wrote, explaining that “joking with friends got out of line … As someone who’s devoted his career to defending victims and supporting justice, I’m very ashamed for my insensitive and offensive comments.”

He added, “I know that in a matter of seconds with a thoughtless joke, I brought shame upon myself and my family and added insult to Ms. Logan’s injury.”