A helicopter carrying aid from Iraq’s Kurdish autonomous government to stranded Yazidi refugees in the Sinjar mountains of northern Iraq crashed on Tuesday, killing the pilot and injuring other passengers, including a New York Times journalist on assignment for the newspaper.
Alissa J. Rubin, 56, The Times’s Paris bureau chief and a longtime war correspondent, suffered an apparent concussion and broken wrists but was conscious, she confirmed when contacted briefly by cellphone. Adam Ferguson, 35, a freelance photographer working for The Times who was accompanying her, said via cellphone that he was not injured.
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According to Woodruff, who posted a note on the World News’ daily blog earlier today, he has returned with “different parameters” than his previous trips to the Middle East. (The trip on which he was injured was his seventh to Iraq, he said.)
“I will stay on the US military bases without going out on the streets or battle zones like I have in the past,” Woodruff said. “I owe this not only to myself, but to my family, friends, colleagues and my new ‘brothers and sisters’ also injured in the war whose stories I have been reporting since I’ve returned.”
When we spoke to Woodruff earlier this year at an event for the charity he and his wife Lee Woodruff started, Remind.org, he told us he was no longer covering wars. Although he did admit, “I’m addicted to in-depth pieces and international stories.”
Post-Sopranos, James Gandolfini‘s next project is a documentary for HBO on the Iraq War. Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq is debuting on Sunday, September 9 on the pay cable channel. The film features exec producer Gandolfini interviewing numerous disabled veterans… From the press release:
“In a war that has left more than 25,000 wounded, Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq looks at a new generation of veterans. Executive Producer James Gandolfini interviews ten Soldiers and Marines who reveal their feelings on their future, their severe disabilities and their devotion to America. The documentary surveys the physical and emotional cost of war through memories of their “alive day,” the day they narrowly escaped death in Iraq.”
Preview clips are available at HBO’s website.
— Neal Ungerleider
So, the AP has found the Iraqi policeman they quoted six weeks ago, and — despite US and Iraqi denials — shown he exists. (‘Course, now Jamil Hussein faces punishment for speaking.)
And former CNN chief and current “Iraq Slogger” co-founder Eason Jordan — who was going to go look for Hussein with a blogger he called “co-president of the Eason Haters’ Club”– tells FishbowlNY: “I’m relieved the dispute about the existence of Jamil Hussein has been resolved. With the benefit of hindsight, I believe all involved in this case could and should have handled it better.”
The blogger, Michelle Malkin (pictured), says she’s still going to Iraq on a military trip, and tells FishbowlNY she has no regrets over her hammering on the Hussein affair:
No regrets at all. I hope Jamil Hussein, who lent his name and rank publicly to dozens of Associated Press stories, will talk to journalists other than those employed by the Associated Press about the incidents he has witnessed across Iraq.
As I stated when I made our plans public, the “Jamil Hussein” story is one important item on our agenda, but not the only one. As bloggers on this story have noted from the beginning, Jamilgate isn’t just about Jamil Hussein. [Fellow blogger] Bryan Preston and I plan to do as much on-the-ground reporting as we can to nail down still unresolved questions. And we are looking forward to reporting first-hand on the security situation in Iraq.
Jordan, in a separate note to us, wishes Malkin well.
Ahhhh, NOW we know what makes for a good cable news story. It has to be “human interest,” which to On the Media co-host Bob Garfield means “aberrant, ongoing and unresolved.” But when he says a story like the Mt. Hood climber search “affects nobody but the principles,” is he forgetting the taxpayer money spent on the rescue efforts? Besides, we’ve heard news people justify this kind of coverage as cautionary tales. (“Remember, when you’re mountain climbing, not to die a horrible death by getting lost …”) OK, sure, those stories push more “real” news aside. But isn’t that what the news business has been about since before the penny-paper days of the 19th Century?
Impressively for a holiday week (check out the disharmonious “Fa la la la la” at 52:46 on the podcast), they managed to put a show together with no retreads of previous stuff. Co-host Brooke Gladstone interviews Eason Jordan (pictured) about his new “Iraq Slogger” venture — essentially a newswire devoted solely to Iraq that’s already, after weeks in existence, gotten about 500,000 pageviews and some 100,000 visitors, Jordan tells FishbowlNY. OTM covered half of the new business.