Monday, May 29, 2006

That CBS News Crew Needed Better Protection

Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt were hideously wounded from improvised explosives in Iraq. A huge contributing factor was the woefully inadequate body armor and helmets they were wearing.

Now American CBS correspondent, Kimberly Dozier, 39, was horribly injured. Two British crewmen, CBS cameraman Paul Douglas, 48, and soundman James Brolan, 42, were killed according to a spokesman for CBS News.

Since Woodruff and Vogt were hurt I’ve been paying attention to what war zone correspondents are wearing. The sad truth is that they look more prepared for skateboarding or bicycle racing than for reporting in a combat zone. There has been little improvement.

Were these deaths and extreme injury avoidable too? If this is the case what will it take to wake the networks up?


Anonymous said...

You ask: Were these deaths and extreme injury avoidable too?

Uh, yeah. Stay the hell out of a war zone. My Marine and many others will tell you it's bad enough being hogged tied in a war you can't really fight. Babysitting a bunch of camera toting media munchers is just one more duty none of our military members need. I hope the lady recovers, but I won't miss one less correspondent spinning lies about our military to appease the enemy.

Anonymous said...

To: June 01, 2006 9:32 AM

I'll take a free press over the alternative, thanks. Perhaps you'd like to spend some time in a country where the government runs the news organizations and see how you like that.