Guest tres-b Posted July 21 Report Share Posted July 21 Couric was a joke before this and is even less credible now. Shep Smith is the only anchor worth watching...from access hollywood:Mere miles from St. Tropez, where celebrities like Paris Hilton, Liam Neeson and Pamela Anderson and Kid Rock were recently spotted enjoying the sand and sun, the world has erupted into a very frightening place.And once again, American news correspondents are braving life-threatening dangers to bring viewers and readers the story of the escalating violence in Israel's war against Hezbollah in Lebanon.NBC's Martin Fletcher is in Israel, where he and his crew came within seconds of becoming war casualties."A rocket fell 100 yards in front of us, straight in our line of driving," Fletcher told Access Hollywood. "Five seconds later we would have been hit. We just saw this flash of red flame, a huge explosion."Reporting from Haifa, where Hezbollah rockets rain down indiscriminately, presents a danger unique to even seasoned war correspondents."It's completely random," Fletcher told us. "Rescue workers carry victims to the train station. So, once you do this job, you accept that your fate is in someone else's hands."Despite the risk, anchors and reporters continue to flood into the Middle East.NBC's Brian Williams and ABC's Charles Gibson are already in the danger zone. NBC's Ann Curry filed her first report from Beirut Wednesday.The decision to enter a war zone remains a choice.More than 70 journalists have died covering the Iraq War. And in January, ABC's brand-new "World News Tonight" co-anchor, Bob Woodruff, was seriously injured when the convoy he was riding in was hit by an explosive device in Iraq.Risking their own safety to provide the depth of coverage needed is nothing new for network and cable news anchors.Once called the "most trusted figure" in American public life, according to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, Walter Cronkite spoke eloquently on opening communications with the North Vietnamese following his visit to the war-torn region. Dan Rather reported from Baghdad, and interviewed Saddam Hussein after Iraq invaded Kuwait.As the "World News Tonight" anchor, Peter Jennings reported from both the Gulf War and the war in Iraq.NBC's Tom Brokaw, who flew around the globe as an anchor to cover breaking news, may have even faced a potential threat to his life at home.A letter containing anthrax was sent to Brokaw as part of the 2001 anthrax attacks. Brokaw did not open the tainted letter, but two NBC News employees were infected.The big question remains: what about Katie?Katie Couric, who takes over the CBS Evening News in September told Access Hollywood that at this point, she would not venture into the Middle East hot spot."I think the situation there is so dangerous, and as a single parent with two children, that's something I won't be doing," Katie said. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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