This weekend CNN will air a new special entitled “Battlefield Breakthroughs.” Featuring Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr and chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the two-part special takes a look at the medical breakthroughs developed on the battlefields – from long-distance robot surgeries and extraordinary prosthetics to creative physical rehabilitation techniques and effective pain management. In addition, Gupta and Starr will report how the medical lessons learned in war are impacting care at civilian rehab centers, doctor’s offices, and trauma centers – including the surgical care that saved the life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). “Battlefield Breakthroughs” will air on Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10 at 7:30am ET.
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Barbara Starr and Brian Vitagliano
Beginning today through Wednesday the Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer will air “The Journey Home,” a special series by CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr and producer Brian Vitagliano who undertook an extraordinary week-long assignment from the front lines of Afghanistan to cover the journey home of wounded US troops. The CNN team was granted exclusive access to ride on military transport aircraft that had been turned into flying hospitals by Air Force medical teams and travel with them as they evacuated critically wounded troops from Afghanistan to a military hospital in Germany and then on another military flight from Germany back to Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington DC. Starr, who says the best part of her job is “seeing the ultimate impact of Washington ‘politics and policy’ on the lives of American troops and civilians in places like Afghanistan and Iraq,” took some time to chat with Fishbowl about the series:
What prompted you to pursue this particular journey and story?
The military generally restricts our access to wounded troops. At hospitals like Walter Reed and Bethesda we are only allowed to interview troops already, thankfully, well on their way to recovery. This journey was about something very different. We rode on the evacuation flight with “just wounded” troops, some just a couple of days after being hit. Most were still on morphine, in pain, and worried about what was ahead for them. And on this assignment we also were able to interview the Air Force in flight medical teams who run this flying “ICU” at 40,000 feet. Some of them have been flying these evacuation flights for years now. This was a remarkable way to see firsthand that journey home.
What was the most difficult part of this assignment for you?
I think everyone will tell you the same thing. No matter how many trips to the front line, it is still staggering to see how young the troops are. When troops are first wounded they are handed a cell phone as soon as possible so they can call home. Many of these young troops make that first call back…to the mothers. The absolute toughest moment came after the camera was turned off and one of the young soldiers lying on a stretcher, asked me if Americans had “forgotten” the troops were “out there fighting.”
How did the wounded troops respond to your presence?
Because of patient privacy issues we only interviewed those who felt comfortable talking. They were overwhelmingly positive. Troops like to talk about what they are doing, what they’ve seen and how they feel. Young soldiers are some of the smartest people in this country and they have an acute sense of public and political opinion about the war. They absolutely know what people are saying – pro and con about the war. They will tell you though that they are in Afghanistan to do a job.
President Obama will address the nation from West Point at 8pmET on his Afghanistan plans. TVNewser reported yesterday that all networks will carry Obama’s primetime address. As far as we know so far, here’s how the nets and cablers will cover…
• ABC: Charlie Gibson will anchor ABC’s live coverage. He will be joined by George Stephanopoulos, Jake Tapper, Martha Raddatz, senior foreign correspondent Jim Sciutto in Kabul and ABC News consultant Ret. General Jack Keane. Terry Moran will anchor “Nightline” from West Point beginning at 11:35pmET. Also at 8pmET, political director David Chalian and senior political reporter Rick Klein will anchor ABC News NOW’s live coverage on abcnews.com. Aaron Katersky, Ann Compton and Steve Roberts will cover it on radio.
• CNN: Wolf Blitzer, Campbell Brown and Anderson Cooper will anchor CNN’s live coverage beginning at 8pmET from NY. John King, Christiane Amanpour, Fareed Zakaria, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Candy Crowley, Michael Ware, Pentagon correspondents Chris Lawrence and Barbara Starr, foreign affairs correspondent Jill Dougherty, and Ed Henry from the West Point, as well as senior political analysts Gloria Borger and David Gergen will contribute.
A special edition of “CNN Tonight” anchored by John Roberts will air at 7pmET, “360″ will air live at 10pmET and “Larry King Live” will air live at midnight. Senior international correspondent Nic Robertson and international correspondents Atia Abawi and Frederik Pleitgen will report live all night from Kabul. Correspondents Deborah Feyerick, David Mattingly and Mary Snow will report on reactions from civilians and troops at US military bases, including Ft. Hood, Ft. Bragg, 29 Palms and others. CNN Radio correspondent Bob Costantini will anchor live coverage from Washington. CNN iReport and the blog “Afghanistan Crossroads” will also have live coverage online.
• MSNBC: Coverage of the President’s speech on MSNBC will be followed by a special live editions of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” at 9pmET, “The Rachel Maddow Show” at 10pmET, “Hardball with Chris Matthews” at 11pmET and “The Ed Show” at 12amET.
• C-SPAN: Live coverage begins at 8pmET, likely on C-SPAN2 (if Senate is done for the day), plus coverage on C-SPAN Radio and live-streaming on C-SPAN.org.
We’ll continue to update.
• NBC’s Meet the Press: President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign manager David Plouffe, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, “Where Men Win Glory” author Jon Krakauer and NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski and Andrea Mitchell
• CBS’ Face the Nation: White House senior advisor David Axelrod and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT)
• ABC’s This Week: Senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett and a roundtable with NJ‘s Ron Brownstein, former Bush White House counselor Ed Gillespie, former Clinton White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers, ABC’s George Will and Rev. Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network.
• Fox News Sunday:
• Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)
• Washington Watch with Roland Martin: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Democratic strategist and pollster Cornell Belcher, LA Sentinel Danny Bakewell, Urban Radio’s April Ryan, commentator and contributing writer to theroot.com, essence.com and HuffPost Sophia Nelson, Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson and Interactive One Chief Content Officer Smokey Fontaine
• CNN’s Amanpour:
Will update as we learn them.
CBS’ Face the Nation: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel
Fox News Sunday: Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
CNN’s State of the Union: Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, CNBC’s Suze Orman and Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI)
CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: GWU professor of media and public affairs Steve Roberts, CNN’s Stephen Hayes and Barbara Starr, political analyst and author Keli Goff and former NY Post gossip columnist Liz Smith