Friday, May 25, 2007

Lara Logan Stands Up For Journalists Covering Iraq

This video is from last year, but is worth posting.

Howard Kurtz insanely asks Lara Logan about the lack of postive Iraq news coverage from journalist. Logan explains that the country is in shambles and proceeds to passionately defend her colleagues. Kurtz is unmoved and proceeds to play a tape of Laura Ingraham bashing the press.

Ingraham: 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 room balconies about the lates IEDs going off.

Logan said Ingraham's comment is easy to make "from the comforts of the United States." Logan points out it is impossible for journalists (and Iraqis) to freely drive around the country. Ingraham is living in John McCain's fantasy.

"I do want to point out that Laura Ingraham was in Iraq for 8 days," Kurtz said.

"8 days," laughed Logan. She was not impressed.

Kurtz's fair and balanced sthick of bashing Irsq coverage is really getting fucking old.

Update: Lara Logan gives an eloquent response to commenters who attacked her CNN interview.

The reason we are unable to go cover every school or bridge opening or “good news” story, is not because of concern over our own safety - it is first and foremost because of concern over the safety of those involved in the project.

Where schools have been highlighted in the media, teachers have been executed and the buildings bombed. Where reconstruction projects have been highlighted by the media, workers have been murdered and the projects bombed.

Following media reports about the Baghdad soccer team, soccer matches have been bombed, with almost a hundred players and civilian spectators killed in multiple attacks.

It is very often those involved in the projects that ask us to stay away.

And for those who question my moral courage I would like to point out the following:

- At age 17 I was counting the bodies from the weekend violence in our local morgue, fire station and hospitals during the anti-Apartheid struggle.

- Since then I have lived with, (often on my own, the only woman for a sustained period of time) Unita rebel troops on the frontline in Angola, Afghan Northern Alliance forces during their war against the Taliban, Palestinians fighting Israelis in the occupied West Bank and Gaza and Albanian rebels in Tetovo, Macedonia, to name a few examples.

Let's just get this out of the way. Lara Logan is the best damn journalist in television media. She is also breathtakingly beautiful.

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At May 25, 2007 5:44 PM , Blogger tas said...

What a wankjob Howie Kurtz is. Logan could have been shot in the head live during the interview and dropped dead and, from Kurtz's attitude, he would have continued, "Well, what about the schools? Electricity being turned on in some places, right? Where's all the good news? Can you hear me, Laura? Laura?"

I take Kurtz about as seriously as I do a sportscaster from the 70s which, incidentally, is exactly what he looks like. Just give him a mustache and place him on the sidelines of a college football game, where the fucknut belongs.


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