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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Couric going to Iraq and Syria

Lord knows why this is news, but it is. (And I might add that's one of the most flattering pictures of Katie on Breitbart's page.)

Katie Couric plans to leave Wednesday for an ambitious reporting trip to Iraq and Syria—the CBS anchor's first time in the war zone—in anticipation of a crucial military report on progress of the American effort.

Couric will anchor the "
CBS Evening News" from Baghdad next Tuesday and Wednesday, then from Damascus on Thursday and Friday.

Couric will travel throughout Iraq to talk to military and civilian leaders, soldiers and average Iraqis, spending most of her time outside of Baghdad.
CBS News would not reveal many specifics of her plans in advance because of competitive and safety concerns. The trip, in the works for six weeks, anticipates the surge progress report by Gen. David Petraeus that is expected the second week of September.

"You can't help but get a very detached perspective when you're not there and you're not witnessing things firsthand," Couric told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "I'm curious about very basic questions regarding living conditions, about how much fear there is in the street, about how the soldiers really are doing."

Couric and her traveling partner, evening news executive producer Rick Kaplan, were fitted with 30-pound body armor vests in Kaplan's office on Tuesday. Both needed to send theirs back to add extra protection to the sides.

To break the tension as Couric's armor was pulled tightly around her, Kaplan smacked her on the shoulder.

Safety is a sobering concern for all reporters in Iraq. The
Committee to Protect Journalists said 112 journalists have been killed in Iraq since March 2003. An additional 41 media workers have been killed, the latest being CBS News Iraqi translator Anwar Abbas Lafta, whose body was found over the weekend in Sadr City.

If you were coming here to see me bag on her, I'm not going to do it. I ask why this is newsworthy when those that have gone before her didn't get a peep, really? Sure, other network people have gone to Iraq, but has any MSM outlet utilized Michael Yon or Bill Roggio for their reporting? Did any speak with Michelle Malkin or Bryan Preston when they went over to Iraq. Nope. not a peep.

I hope Ms. Couric is as safe and secure over there as embed bloggers have been . But I also hope she takes the opportunity to go out with the troops, on patrol, and that she sees the same thing that so many others have in venturing there. The surge is working and things are getting better.

Publius II


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recall Mrs. Couric saying something to the affecrt, she had children and now way would she go to Iraq. Why now? The answer is very simple-her rating continue to slide-downward. Rawriter

August 29, 2007 at 11:48 PM  

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