The Lady Speaks

Iraq – circling the drain

In March, when Laura Ingraham had the nerve to say this:

Laura Ingraham on NBC's Today, March 21: "To do a show from Iraq means to talk to the Iraqi military, to go out with the Iraqi military, to actually have a conversation with the people instead of reporting from hotel balconies about the latest IEDs going off."

she was rightly taken to task by Lara Logan:

Kurtz: "What do you make of that comment about reporting from hotel balconies?"

Logan: "Well, I think it's outrageous. I mean, Laura Ingraham should come to Iraq and not be talking about what journalists are doing from the comfort of her studio in the United States, the comfort and the safety.

I mean, I don't know any journalist that wants to just sit in a hotel room in Iraq. Does anybody understand that for us we used to be able to drive to Ramadi, we used to drive to Falluja, we used to drive to Najaf. We could travel all over this country without having to fly in military helicopters. That's the only way we can move around here. So, it's when the military can accommodate us, if the military can accommodate us, then we can go out and see.

"I have been out with Iraqi security forces over and over again. And you know what? When Bob Woodruff was out with Iraqi security forces and he was injured, the first thing that people were asking was, oh, was he being responsible by placing himself in this position with Iraqi forces? And they started to question his responsibility and integrity as a journalist.

I mean, we just can't win. I think it's an outrage to point the finger at journalists and say that this is our fault. I really do. And I think it shows an abject lack of respect for any journalist that's prepared to come to this country and risk their life. And that's not just me. That's the crews, that's all the people that make up our teams here."

and Keith Olbermann:

A note about Laura Ingraham's comments: I've known her for a long time. I'll in fact give you the caveat that I've known her socially. But that hotel balcony crack was unforgivable. It was unforgivable to the memory of David Bloom, it was unforgivable in the consideration of Bob Woodruff and Doug Voigt, it was unforgivable in the light of what happened to Michael Kelly and what happened to Michael Weiskopf. It was unforgivable with Jill Carroll still a hostage in Iraq. It's not only unforgivable, it was desperate and it was stupid.

(Crooks and Liars has the videos here and here.)

Laura Ingraham's remarks were especially inflammatory considering they occured some seven weeks after ABC's Primetime News anchor Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt, were standing in the hatch of an Iraqi Army vehicle. and were injured when a roadside bomb exploded near them.

Despite this, journalists were still criticized for not reporting the good news of Iraq, even as bombs continued to explode and bodies piled up.

And now, it's happened again.

On Memorial Day two CBS journalists, cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan, were added to the rolls of those killed while reporting on Iraq after a car bomb exploded. Correspondent Kimberly Dozier is in critical condition at Landstuhl Regional Medical Hospital at Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

From CBS

The three journalists – embedded with the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division – were doing a Memorial Day story about what life is like for the troops in Baghdad when an explosives-packed car nearby suddenly blew up.

Dozier, Douglas and Brolan had been riding in an armored humvee but at the time of the blast – in the Karada section of Baghdad – they were outside on the street, accompanying troops who had stopped to inspect a checkpoint manned by the Iraqi Army. They were wearing helmets, flak jackets and protective eyeglasses when the bomb went off.

Douglas, 48, and Brolan, 42, died at the scene of the explosion, which also killed a U.S. soldier and an Iraqi interpreter and wounded six U.S. soldiers.

Kimberly Dozier, 39, was flown to a U.S. military hospital in Baghdad a mile away from the scene, where she underwent two surgeries for injuries from the bombing and was stabilized enough to be able to make the trip early Tuesday to Germany.

Palmer reports that at one point Dozier's pulse stopped.

"She didn't have a heartbeat. She was as sick as you get," a doctor told Palmer.

From left to right: Kimberly Dozier, Paul Douglas, James Brolan


May 30, 2006 - Posted by | Iraq, Media, US Military, War

1 Comment »

  1. I will soon write a poem about these scribes. I wrote one earlier about reporters titled SCRIBE.. I hope all is well with you my friend…

    Comment by thepoetryman | May 31, 2006 | Reply

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