CBS Reporter: Feature Stories Can Get Us Killed in Iraq
Posted on May 29, 2006
In light of the CBS crew that was just attacked on May 29 (two killed, one wounded) reporting a routine feature story in Iraq, watch CBS reporter Lara Logan speak in late March about how these kinds of attacks are tragically all too common.
Crooks and Liars:
...Our own editors back in New York are asking us the same things. They read the same comments. You know, are there positive stories? Can?t you find them? You don?t think that I haven?t been to the U.S. military and the State Department and the embassy and asked them over and over again, let?s see the good stories, show us some of the good things that are going on? Oh, sorry, we can?t take to you that school project, because if you put that on TV, they?re going to be attacked about, the teachers are going to be killed, the children might be victims of attack.
Oh, sorry, we can?t show this reconstruction project because then that?s going to expose it to sabotage. And the last time we had journalists down here, the plant was attacked. I mean, security dominates every single thing that happens in this country….So how it is that security issues should not then dominate the media coverage coming out of here?
CBS reporter Lara Logan says it’s “unfair and it’s really unfounded” to say that reporters are to blame for the horror stories coming out of Iraq.