A number of viewers emailed us about our reporting and treatment of the Lara Logan story last night. Some viewers wondered why we showed her photo (she's a public figure who makes her living on television), while others wondered why we reported that she had been a victim of a sexual assault—and then reporting the family is requesting privacy. It’s important that everyone knows that the news about Lara, and the brutal attack she suffered in Cairo, was issued by CBS News in a statement. It would not have been made public without Lara's permission. Lara and I are on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists, and it’s my strong suspicion that as a veteran foreign correspondent, she didn't want what happened to her to join the numerous unreported incidents around the world each year. I have communicated with her but I have no personal knowledge of her motivation in releasing this news. I was cheered today (we all were) by word that she's been released from the hospital. But back to the viewer complaints we received: Everyone should know that the details and nature of her attack that we reported was directly from her own network's statement...as was the request for privacy.
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