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Be careful what you say, especially in the heat of the moment, on Twitter.

As you may recall, immediately following the shootings in Tucson last month, some liberals were quick to blame Sarah Palin for the tragedy. Now, a liberal journalist is taking heat for offensive Tweets he sent immediately following news of the brutal sexual assault suffered by CBS reporter Lara Logan in Egypt.

As the news was breaking, Nir Rosen, a journalist and NYU fellow, Tweeted several disturbing remarks, including:

"Jesus Christ, at a moment when she is going to become a martyr and glorified we should at least remember her role as a major war monger" and "Look, she was probably groped like thousands of other women."

Conservatives on Twitter captured screen shots of the offensive remarks, which came in handy after Rosen issued a partial apology and removed some of the comments.

Now, National Review's Jim Geraghty reports that NYU has accepted Rosen's resignation:

From Karen J. Greenberg, Executive Director, Center on Law and Security

Nir Rosen is always provocative, but he crossed the line yesterday with his comments about Lara Logan. I am deeply distressed by what he wrote about Ms. Logan and strongly denounce his comments. They were cruel and insensitive and completely unacceptable. Mr. Rosen tells me that he misunderstood the severity of the attack on her in Cairo. He has apologized, withdrawn his remarks, and submitted his resignation as a fellow, which I have accepted. However, this in no way compensates for the harm his comments have inflicted. We are all horrified by what happened to Ms. Logan, and our thoughts are with her during this difficult time.

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What is going on in this country... people are running off at the mouth and ruining reputations of others and also there own.. thats all I am hearing is the left did and the right did something else.. our country is going down the tube

February 26 2011 at 3:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Political correctness is a cancer on free speech. Opinions, even bad ones are a personal right. Ignorance and insensitivity are teaching moments. Human emotions often lead to outbursts of later regretted remarks. We each have a right to apologize for our thoughtless comments in such situations. However, the public certainly has the right to question such remarks and disagree with them. In America, speaking your mind isn't a criminal act. Hurt feelings and disgust are a part of life. Civility is a model not a rule. It's not a perfect world and we shouldn't expect one.

February 22 2011 at 5:39 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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when you comment publically while employed by a private institution, the employer has the right to terminate anyone. Right or wrong that's the way it is. NYU is not a state school, so the Board can decide as they wish even though we may not agree w/the decision

February 22 2011 at 7:37 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Speaking out is absolutely a right. Dealing with the consequences of speaking out is also, and just as importantly, a right too.

February 26 2011 at 10:58 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Mr. Rosen should be sure to determine the facts about a situation before he makes comments. As for the behavior of Egyptians, it astounds me that Moslems should behave in such a manner. I lived in Turkey for some years, and I know that Moslem men can ensure a tiny space around a woman even in a crowded minibus. They do it out of respect for women and their faith. Just when it became all right for men to abuse women in any situation escapes me. The women are not at fault here no matter who or what they are. It is the honor of the men that is being compromised. That goes equally for any situation. If our troops in Iraq abuse or rape women, it reflects on the honor of the men involved and the honor of their military units and our government. Men who are true men do not abuse women for any reason. Men who do, even the groping that Mr. Rosen speaks of, are flawed and unworthy.

February 22 2011 at 9:23 AM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

Though I think this journalist's comments are inappropriate, I am most concerned with the direction our society is heading. Our freedom of speech is being compromised and now we are all being constantly scrutinized for every action we do and say. We have to constantly watch our P's and Q's...Do I condone this journalist's comments, absolutely not, but should he resign his position because of a lapse or error in judgement? Absolutely not...Academic freedom is what makes our educational system one of the best in the world...if we all think and act alike then how are we to learn and grow from eachothers trials and tribulations...we are not born perfect...He apologized...when did we become a society of perfection? We are always throwing the first stone (watch the movie the Stoning of Soraya...that's enough to make your stomach churn). For lack of a better term, I am liberal, but I am afraid that our liberal intentions are fighting for the wrong cause...I grew up in an era of freedom; regardless, whether we agreed with eachother or not!

February 21 2011 at 10:16 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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I do not know the reporter, but comments such as he made about her (and later had to recant) simply don't have a place in civilized society. She was brutalized and terrorized at the least, separated from her crew and stripped of her clothes by a crowd of men and attacked physically. I can't imagine anyone saying what this journalisy / professor said even if it was the truth, which it wasn't. The first thing you learn in journalism class is to make sure you're reporting the truth. His opinion was she deserved it, and it wasn't that bad or worse than what other women endured? How enlightening. He deserved to lose his job as an instructor.

February 22 2011 at 9:58 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Nir Rosen's remarks are offensive in many ways. I write to address the remark: "she was probably groped like thousands of other women." This remark shows misunderstanding and insensitivity towards routine sexual harassment in Egypt. Even if she had been harassed "just like other women" it is not acceptable. Over 90 percent of female tourists to Egypt are harassed, sometimes by people supposed to be there to protect and create order, like hotel staff. This is true regardless of age, type of dress, or any other objective factor. Simply by being a Western woman one is presumed to be available for groping. I am well over 50 and experienced this repeatedly. When Egypt stabilizes its democracy perhaps it will attend to its routine harassment of women.

February 21 2011 at 9:02 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply

Comments made by Nir Rosen were not only thoughtless but probably he thinks that women should not be journalists either. In a University such as NYU, one would expect a bit more civility and better choice of words, Martyr? hardly, just doing her job.

February 21 2011 at 7:28 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply

I am pleased that AOL has determined to hold this forum accountable to civility. While I do not support "Political Correctness", the level of vitriole spewed here by commentors in the past, made participation by any intelligent civil person not only undesirable but impossible.

Regarding Nir Rosen's "tweets", I for one am greatful that he and his ilk have been exposed for the twits they truly are: cynical, no, hateful people who in their power positions as teachers, professors, commentators etc. extend their influence over young minds or unstable minds while adding an essence of evil to the subjects they comment on.

Finally the mask is removed and the face behind is revealed in all it's ugliness. His arrogance testifies against him. Hooray! One down, thousands to go!

February 21 2011 at 5:30 PM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply

Nir--- your attitude toward women came out loud and clear with that remark--

February 21 2011 at 4:59 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply

The real question is how does a jerk like Rosen get hired by NYU? It says alot about what USED TO BE an elite and well respected university. Supporters of this university should insist that whoever hired him should also be fired. This would enable the university to at least regain some of the respect that it has lost by hiring him.

February 18 2011 at 3:42 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply

This terrible assault is exactly the reason the military, especially the USMC, does not want to place women service personnel in direct combat environments, front lines. Also, women aviators who are shot down in enemy territory face the same sexual assault and other harmful acts on their bodies to include death!

February 17 2011 at 9:20 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

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