Archive for ‘war’

January 28, 2013

Journalist and historian Stanley Karnow dead at 87

The Pulitzer Prize winning foreign correspondent, author, historian, and documentarian died Sunday at the age of 87.

Stanley Karnow, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist who produced acclaimed books and television documentaries about Vietnam and the Philippines in the throes of war and upheaval, died on Sunday at his home in Potomac, Md. He was 87.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said Mr. Karnow’s son, Michael.

For more than three decades Mr. Karnow was a correspondent in Southeast Asia, working for Time, Life, The Saturday Evening Post, The Washington Post, NBC News, The New Republic, King Features Syndicate and the Public Broadcasting Service. But he was best known for his books and documentaries.

Karnow was one of a crop of print journalists whose reporting during the Vietnam War pointed out the discrepancies between the upbeat statements of the U.S government and military, and the far more complicated and less sundry reality on the ground.

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January 1, 2012

AP poll finds that Bin Laden killing the biggest story of 2011 and my end of the year rambling commentary

The top story of the year according to a survey of U.S newsroom directors and editors.

The results to the annual poll of U.S news editors and News directors was released in mid-December and the next few posts will likely seem to have happened a few weeks ago, because I have had other issues to cope with and hence the back log.

Anyway since we are on the precipice of 2012, (which as this cartoon I came across illustrates, I think is just a plot by the Mayans to freak us all out ), it seems just as timely as it was weeks ago.

Gauging the opinions of 247 U.S  News Directors and News Editors, the Associated Press asked them what was the biggest story of 2011. By an overwhelming majority, 128 of them said the NAVY SEAL operation that located and killed Al-Queda mastermind Osama Bin Laden. The Earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown that hit Japan in fairly quick order of one another, came in a distant second with 60 votes.

Obviously, since those  in charge of U.S News rooms and not media outlets around the world, the selection would seem to be tilted towards stories that have a substantial effect on or involve America. As the AP noted however, this year about half  have an international flavor to them. 

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May 3, 2011

Bin Laden is dead (and reactions)

  

    Honestly, I was hoping to do a big hard news article using several sources and recounting much of the history of  the U.S hunt for Osama Bin Laden, news of the raid, and how it affected U.S policy over the last ten years, but I forgot to save the post.

  Hopefully this much more modest and personal post will suffice.

As we all know, late Sunday night President Barack Obama in a televised address from the East Room of the White House, announced  that Al-Queda mastermind Osama Bin Laden was killed in a U.S raid.

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April 22, 2011

Deaths of two journalists on the frontlines of the Libyan conflict reminds us of bravery and the dangers of covering a war

      Tim Hetherington, the award winning  photographer as well as co- Director of the 2010 acclaimed documentary “Restrepo”, is one of two photographers that died Wendsday amidst fighting in the Libyan city of Musrata, a stronghold of armed rebels trying to stave off pro-government forces. Chris Hondros, a freelance photographer working for Getty Images was also killed. Hetherington and Hondros, along with two other photographers with the Panos Photograph agency  also sustained injuries that are said to be non-life threatening. As many as thirteen others civilians also were slain in the attack.

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