Sebastian Junger stresses the need for combat reporter to learn basic medical training

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Journalist Sebastian Junger began Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues following the 2011 death of photographer Tim Hetherington in Libya. Hetherington was wounded by mortar fire, and died on the way to a hospital. Junger said if fellow journalists on the scene were trained in basic first aid, Hetherington might have survived. … [Read more...]

War reporter directs new film, ‘Horse Soldiers of 9/11′

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It was the news the world breathlessly waited for immediately after the 9/11 terror attacks: a report of the first American troops on the ground in Afghanistan. All at once, the world’s attention focused on an iconic photo of those Special Operations Forces doing something no American military had done in nearly a century: They rode horses into combat. … [Read more...]

Two CNN personalities over their head in geopolitics

How not to conduct an interview

Two CNN personalities, I hesitate to call them journalists after this performance, were taken to task by a former CIA counterterrorism expert Michael Scheuer. The personalities clearly did not understand the geopolitical issues that are going on, nor were they prepared to ask intelligent questions. It's OK to ask dumb questions, the problem was, instead of just asking the real expert to elaborate on his answers, they decided to take off their reporter's hat and play amateur pundits. They lost that game. If you're going to be a reporter, be a reporter. Most print journalists already do a fine job on this. The … [Read more...]

The Sal Giunta story

The Sal Giunta story

This is a gripping video filmed by co-directors Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington of "Restrepo"  and a good example of journalists getting out of the way and letting the story unfold. The 14-minute video is  the story of Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta of the 173rd Airborne and his actions  in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley.  … [Read more...]