Poison Deviny
Classic Miranda, 2011: “New York University journalism academic Nir Rosen tweeted that Logan was a “war monger” just trying to “outdo” another (male) reporter, Anderson Cooper, who had only been beaten. “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,” wrote Rosen. At least Rosen lost his job. In the Arab media world and its prominent TV network Al Jazeera, however, the assault on Logan was so unremarkable it barely rated a mention.”

"But what could Al Jazeera really have done better? Seek out witnesses? They didn’t have the chance to speak directly with the victim who, as Capehart correctly notes, asked specifically for privacy during this time. They had no video footage. Instead, they chose not to follow the pack of US media ruminating on the Logan story like a pack of wild dogs and noted it, briefly, then moved on. In fact, what Al Jazeera is so good at is picking up those stories missed by the rest of the world’s media, rather than gloaming on as a follower. And that includes their coverage of sexual assault. Al Jazeera’s coverage of systematic rape from the Congo to the US military–has been excellent, at times better than coverage from equivalent outlets in the United States. And just as Capehart “proved” that Al Jazeera hadn’t covered Logan’s story well on their website, a quick Google search for “sexual assault” and “rape” within Al Jazeera’s English site shows stories like “Rape Threat Stalks Kenya’s Slums,” and “Rape Rampant in US Military”. Al Jazeera aside, does Capehart think that the US media does a sufficient job of covering the plight of non-American journalists and the brutality they often face? Did the Washington Post, for which Capehart writes, cover the story of Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya, who in 2000 was raped, kidnapped, and beaten while doing her job? (Hint: the answer is no). The fact is, while foreign correspondents abroad often face brutality, the brutality faced by journalists in their own countries is often far worse…and rarely receives the same attention.”


Classic Miranda, 2011: “The 20 to 30 minute attack on American 60 Minutes reporter Lara Logan in Cairo’s crowded Tahrir Square last week was a slap in the face for idealists talking up the wave of anti-government protests across the Middle East as the flowering of democracy. At a time when fundamentalist Islam is on the march, why would western liberal values – such as female equality - suddenly fill a vacuum left by departing autocrats? The increasing misogyny and subjugation of women in the Muslim world, repeatedly warned of by the Somali-born former Dutch MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali, is the single insurmountable obstacle to democratisation. There have been attempts by apologists for Logan’s attackers to play down this angle by dredging up statistics showing how prevalent rape is in the US. But the fact is that the 39-year-old foreign correspondent represented the decadence of the West to a certain brand of Islamist.”
and yet when a white person rapes it’s not considered a political act; unless it happened in an Occupy camp.
Classic Miranda, 2011: “It’s ominous when hardline Islamists like Hizb ut-Tahrir Australia start issuing press releases lauding Egyptian and Tunisian protesters.
It’s even more ominous when Iran starts claiming the protests sweeping the Middle-East are a victory for Islamists against the West.”

It’s ominous alright; imagine how many people will be laid off by the U.S. weapon manufacturing industry because there are less dictators to sell weapons to.


Classic Miranda, 2006: Stenhouse says the Department of Immigration does not see the organisation as an extremist group, even though its aim is to convert the host country to Sharia law. But he points out: “If the Egyptian Government and the Syrians - not noted for squeamishness in dealing with militant opposition - fear the Muslim Brothers then Australia would be foolish to think it knows better.
They persecute Christians as well so I guess we should do the same if they know better.