Sexual assault victim has “form for dressing provocatively”, says Daily Mail

The British newspaper's take on the sustained sexual assault of CBS reporter, Lara Logan.

Amid the hysteria at Tahrir Square in Cairo earlier this week, reports emerged that the CBS reporter Lara Logan was subjected to "a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating".

What was the Daily Mail's diary column's take on this event?

"Nothing excuses the Cairo sexual assault on CBS TV reporter Lara Logan, 39, but" – and you knew there would be a but – "she does have 'form' for dressing provocatively in inappropriate locations."

Wow.

According to the column, Logan was rebuked in 2002 by British military officers in Afghanistan for "flashing her cleavage", which explains why she was sexually assaulted nine years later. Doesn't it?

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Quiz: Can you identify fake news?

The furore around "fake" news shows no sign of abating. Can you spot what's real and what's not?

Hillary Clinton has spoken out today to warn about the fake news epidemic sweeping the world. Clinton went as far as to say that "lives are at risk" from fake news, the day after Pope Francis compared reading fake news to eating poop. (Side note: with real news like that, who needs the fake stuff?)

The sweeping distrust in fake news has caused some confusion, however, as many are unsure about how to actually tell the reals and the fakes apart. Short from seeing whether the logo will scratch off and asking the man from the market where he got it from, how can you really identify fake news? Take our test to see whether you have all the answers.

 

 

In all seriousness, many claim that identifying fake news is a simple matter of checking the source and disbelieving anything "too good to be true". Unfortunately, however, fake news outlets post real stories too, and real news outlets often slip up and publish the fakes. Use fact-checking websites like Snopes to really get to the bottom of a story, and always do a quick Google before you share anything. 

Amelia Tait is a technology and digital culture writer at the New Statesman.