Obama calls injured reporter Lara Logan
President Obama Wednesday at the White House.
February 16th, 2011
07:05 PM ET

Obama calls injured reporter Lara Logan

WASHINGTON (CNN) –President Obama called injured CBS correspondent Lara Logan today according to a White House official.  Logan, who had been covering the Egyptian revolution, was separated from her camera crew Friday in Tahrir Square as thousands of Egyptians gathered to celebrate President Hosni Mubarak's resignation.  A statement released Tuesday by CBS News said the correspondent "suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers." 

On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney called on the Egyptian government to bring the people who attacked Logan to justice.  "During those events, the 18 days, the President made clear that our position was violence was unacceptable," Carney said at the  White House briefing.   "Specifically harassment, detention - violence against journalists was unacceptable, and that the perpetrators of violence needed to be held accountable.  And that remains our position."

Topics: President Obama • The News

soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Gaylon Barrow

    Nothing new here to the Obamanites this is their forte. Someone shouod use gatlin guns on the whole bunch. i am getting so tierd of thier flapping lipped mouths. WAKE UP AMERICA WE NEED a new goverment. If A RAPE IS COMMITED THEN IT SHOULD BE AN AUTOMATIC DEATH PENALTY.

    February 16, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
    • Jason Koley

      Get help. My suggestions:
      1. Lay off the booze.
      2. Learn to type.
      3. Read a book and try to understand how the world works.
      4. Don't try to make everything about your party of choice.

      I'm a Republican voter, but people like you make us look awful.

      February 17, 2011 at 6:31 am |
      • Andrew

        Awesome comment. The world needs more conservatives like you. I'm so tired of the language in the party's right now. "If your conservative your an ass, if your liberal your an idiot." What happened to our civility? Anyways, nice to hear a voice of reason on a news board.

        February 18, 2011 at 9:27 pm |
      • Patrick from Minnesota

        Too bad I can't "like" this.

        February 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
      • NoDoubt

        "Like" this comment! Well said.

        February 27, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
    • Alicia Adelmund

      I think using violence against differing opinions is exactly what killed 9 yr old Christina Taylor in Arizona and caused harm to AMERICAN journalists in Egypt. Honestly, if you can't post an opinion on something using grown up words instead of having a tantrum, your opinion isn't welcome. And for the record , I am not pro or anti Obama or any of the BRAVE AMERICAN journalists doing their jobs in a very scary place. They all deserve a call from POTUS, whomever is in the White House, when something so appalling occurs while trying to cover a humanitarian cause. There is something seriously wrong with your thinking that it would mean less coming from any AMERICAN PRESIDENT! Honestly, it's not just you, it's all the ANTI people out there that can't stand apart from their politics and be a HUMAN BEING first when the need arises. So you were probably happy when a US congresswoman was injured because she was a DEMOCRAT? Well I didn't think so, but honestly, your rhetoric had me worried!

      February 17, 2011 at 8:18 pm |
    • Féliz Navidad

      look, im canadian and i don't believe in the death penality! i belive in good torture in prison for like, 220 years and then realese after taking almost half his ca$h!

      February 18, 2011 at 10:14 am |
    • Vudel Ishmanoff

      You are enough of the kind we must to eliminate by the uthinasia. To clean up the humanity

      February 18, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
  2. Gaylon Barrow

    The Last person I imagine she wanted calling here was Obama.

    February 16, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
    • XWngLady

      Yes. Because the last thing that a sexually harrassed woman would want is to hear from the leader of this great country of ours to convey the support and well wishes of the entire nation.

      February 17, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  3. williefloyd

    Guess you folks loved the comment made by the woman at Fox News?? No doubt she spoke for all Reps. Didgusting!

    February 17, 2011 at 6:48 am |
  4. Tom in Delaware

    The downplay of this crime by the MSM is totally disgusting. The narrative they are putting forth about the events unfolding in Egypt doesn't include violence, racism, bigotry and Anti-Americanism.....nope, they reserve that narrative for the Tea Party.

    And you wonder why more and more people tune into Fox News every day.

    February 17, 2011 at 6:58 am |
    • Ram Rivas

      In your dreams!!, all you extreme right wingers believe your own lies...look at the ratings..nobody in his right mind watches Fox news.....

      February 18, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Take a look at Cable News Ratings. Fox news wins hands down in any category.


        February 18, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  5. Peace

    Dear CNN,

    How did gaylon barrow's comment get past your censors?


    February 17, 2011 at 7:51 am |
  6. D

    Gaylon, you understand this didn't happen in America...right? And you understand that the U.S. doesn't have the right to sentence Egyptians to death...right?

    Just checking, since I thought the story was pretty clear.

    February 17, 2011 at 9:47 am |
  7. nobama

    Did Gregg Palkot fro FoxNews get a call from the Prez after his beating in the same region?

    February 17, 2011 at 9:51 am |
    • XWngLady

      This is so immature and sad..."well, I didn't get a cookie, but you gave Sally one"...Is it AT ALL POSSIBLE for Americans to be happy for someone else's favor especially when it doesn't benefit them? Is it possible that we can celebrate someone else fortune without worrying that one person got something more than the next person....its just stingy. If Gregg Palkot is upset that the President called this woman, but not him, then he needs to grow up too....But somehow I doubt that he is that selfish.

      February 17, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Barry always shows political favorites. Like how he treated the two Republicans that actually took down the Arizona shooter. Who did Barry praise, the Democrat that held Gabby's hand.

        February 18, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
  8. Alicia Adelmund

    I am so disturbed by the lack of spelling and proper english sentence structure on the internet from people who seem so passionate about their comments. People please don't type out in anger. It doesn't sit well for the AMERICAN school system:)

    February 17, 2011 at 8:25 pm |
  9. Féliz Navidad

    Look! Obamom has the right to call sexually harrassed woman and pass on the news! Since when do we care?!?!?

    February 18, 2011 at 10:11 am |
    • Patrick from Minnesota

      Thanks for exposing your own heatlessness. Go to Iran where people like you are actually praised.

      February 19, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  10. Trent NYC

    @Alicia Adelmund. Everywhere you walk, somebody is going 2 judge your walk. And, even a blog of such, with the wrong "PUNCTUATION/ SPELLING", u get judge. We all make mistakes on blogs or use less words to shorten them. Its not like second party software (Microsoft Word) is used wen blogging. On to the next.... I feel for that reporter and what she went through out there. We as humans, anywhere n the world have the right to exercise Freedom of Speech. Some rulers of these countries are so possessed with power, they care less what protesters and citizens of that country imply. For example.. President of Uganda, Africa. This fool said in an interview; if any citizens of Uganda protest of such - will be thrown in jail and prosecuted to the fullest extent. We should let our voices be heard everywhere throughout the world and get those corrupted individuals out of office. We care.. and need people in office who care for us.

    February 20, 2011 at 9:08 am |
  11. BaronvonDilligaff

    Best, most courageous and honest reporter left in a sad, sad business.
    You all want to rant hidden behind your hate? Honor those with courage and integrity. Even if you think you don't agree with their reportage. Proof of the degradation of the American people is the lack of intelligence in the political discourse,

    February 23, 2011 at 12:13 pm |