Friday, February 4, 2011

Bad week for US news correspondents ...

The Egyptian Unhappiness (the name by which it will be known, of course, in the history books) has taken a toll on the well-being of news reporters from across the globe, including a few Americans:

Fox News’ Greg Palkot & Producer Hospitalized
Fox News Channel foreign correspondent Greg Palkot and FNC producer Olaf Wiig have been hospitalized in Cairo, Egypt after being attacked by protesters. Palkot was beaten badly and Wiig may have a broken jaw.

ABC News Crew Threatened with Beheading; CBS’ Lara Logan Detained

ABC News reports a group of Egyptian men carjacked a crew from ABC and threatened to behead them today. Correspondent Brian Hartman, cameraman Akram Abi-hanna and two other ABC News employees were surrounded on a road from Cairo’s airport to the downtown area. ABC News spokesman Jeffrey Schneider said, “We are assessing the security situation literally on a minute to minute basis. Our priority is to ensure the safety of all of our staff in the field.”

Meanwhile, TIME reports, CBS News chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan has been detained along with her crew by Egyptian police outside Israel’s embassy in Cairo. Says a CBS News spokesperson, “For security reasons CBS will not be commenting on, or revealing in any way, CBS personnel activity, movement or location.”

CNN's Anderson Cooper Attacked in Cairo
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and his crew were attacked by pro-government protesters in Cairo, Egypt. Today, CNN has finally released video of the incident, which saw Cooper getting punched in the head. Luckily, no one was seriously injured.

(Mike says: I find it kinda interesting that, even though he was kicked in the head almost a dozen times, Anderson Cooper wasn't seriously injured.)

Why are there no NBC or MSNBC reporters on the list of the wounded/attacked?

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