Lara Logan: A Lesson In Corporate Competition

I was stricken by the difference between the fates of two CBS female on screen “talent.”

Few statistics exist about sexual assaults on female correspondents in combat zones, in part because so many are loath to report attacks for fear of losing their beat.

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Logan had been detained, blindfolded and isolated, by Egyptian police the previous week and admitted to vomiting throughout the events that preceded the ejection of her and her crew from the country. She hadn’t – I gather – the appropriate documentation from her own network and State Department to substantiate her contention that she was there as a journalist.

The manic effort to return to Egypt to be “part of the story” is revealed in her interview with Esquire in which she acknowledged the risk both to her person and to her crew’s ability to even conduct their mission once they were back in the country. It is in this context that I assert the concern that beautiful, … no, glamorous women in the media aren’t even real in their own minds. Lara suppressed her own survival instincts to do this coverage and demonstrates an absence of something MOST women acquire once having survived a life-threatening experience. We all grow up in one split second as we confront how close we came to death. Our first concern, ALWAYS, is our children. We all ask, Who would provide for them? And in that moment, no matter how long it has been since giving birth, we become mothers. Bearing babies, a universal portal experience, becomes Mothering in the real world when we choose between the allure of a world of success and the satisfaction of knowing your kids are in good hands: YOURS. Logan’s experience failed to unravel the guise of illusion with which she had surrounded herself as a part of the mainstream press. Her work, undoubtedly, transcends the juiceless pulp dispensed by Katie and her studio colleagues, but she performs in a hack system of low-budget, profit-driven, corner-cutting chumps trying to “scoop the competition” willing to be anything but professional in this kid’s approach to covering the news. She and her producer, her husband and her private security overlooked some important matters she should have addressed, RESPONSIBLY, prior to returning to Egypt. In the absence of answers that satisfied her need to know she had covered those bases, Logan should have returned to her vortex, given thanks for her good fortune having been removed from the country because, to her captors, her story didn’t cut it. She pushed her luck, took a risk that, dispite that factors to show she calculated that risk, she dismissed, without legitimate consideration, and allowed herself to be driven by the story. Thus, she BECAME the story and the denoument should be an unravel that opens not only her eyes, but those of CBS brass who need to re-define the qualifications that determine professionals in Journalism.

One Response

  1. Somewhat interesting, is the statement by Lara Logan prior to returning to Cairo, that she is drawn to violent scenes.

    What in her psyche draws her to violence? I remain very concerned as a nursing professional that a woman ignored the multi-level warning system which is part of our make-up for defense and survival.

    I read her initial story of detention on her first trip to cover the story and she seemed a bit detached from the very real danger to her own physical safety.

    Good post. Appreciate your thoughts.

    Tammy Swofford

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