Monday, August 14, 2006

FOX NEWS CREW KIDNAPPED

Well, another reason for me to ditch the idea of switching over to TV news. There was a kidnapping today in the Middle East. Fox News reporter Steve Centanni and his cameraman Olaf Wiig were taken hostage in the Gaza Strip by Palestinians protesting American backing of Israel (!) (?) in the Mideast conflict. Authorities are trying to negotiate a release.

This is yet another sad reminder of the dangers prominent journalists face out there in the Middle East. It's a long list of people who have had bad things happen to them over there- a list that includes names like Kimberly Dozier, Bob Woodruff, and David Bloom, who died of a blood clot. And of course, even though Dozier survived, the rest of her CBS crew was killed.

That's not even counting the people who've had close calls but escaped completely unharmed. ( IE: Lara Logan who almost got blown up by a roadside bomb). And it's not even counting the many print reporters in places like Israel, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan etc. who have been taken hostage or even killed.

Scary situation for these reporters.

As I say, it's one thing to admire the bravery and fearlessness of these news reporters in covering these big stories. It's another thing to actually want to do what they do for a living. Which is why so many friends of mine scoff at the whole notion of going over to a place like Israel to report the news; who wants to get killed.

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