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Yes, this is newsworthy: Stephen Colbert gets a buzz cut

by Annie Wu, posted Jun 7th 2009 9:05PM
Stephen Colbert's new hair
As most of you know by now, Stephen Colbert is taking his show on the road again and this time, the Colbert Report is going to Baghdad. It's certainly a far cry from his first TCR outside of New York, that week in Philadelphia way back in April of last year (check it out, I was there). The troops and the casual viewers at home will definitely be in for a treat.

Something I certainly was not expecting out of this trip was a new look for Mr. Colbert. Sure, he was bound to incorporate some camo to get into the spirit of things, but I was expecting maybe, like, a tie or a playful lapel pin. But no. As we can see from this video, Mr. Colbert is hardcore enough to bypass the semi-patriotic accessories and get a full-on buzzcut.

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Comedy Central reveals they are sending Stephen Colbert to Baghdad

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 6th 2009 1:02PM
Stephen Colbert going to IraqThe time and nation that Stephen Colbert couldn't reveal where he is taking his show has been revealed. And because elite Army ninjas have not sneaked into his studio and whisked him away to an interrogation room for breaking the military code of silence, it's been confirmed by the network.

Stephen Colbert is taking his Colbert Report to Baghdad for the troops next week. The network claims this is the first time the USO has brought a television show into a combat area for a week of shows, if you don't count, say, the news.

Colbert has landed in Baghdad and underwent some basic military training to prepare for his visit to the region at Camp Victory, the former home of Saddam Hussein's Al-Faw Palace. That alone should provide hours of hilarious material for the show. But there's more going on than just producing something to keep you entertained during your post-work Kraft dinner.

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Katie goes to Iraq on her first anniversary

by Richard Keller, posted Aug 30th 2007 11:30AM

Katie Couric will anchor from Iraq and Syria next weekWhat would you do if you were Katie Couric and the first anniversary of your stint as anchor of the CBS Evening News was fast approaching? Would you have a big party to celebrate, get drunk, and dance wildly in your underwear in the middle of Fifth Avenue in New York City? Or, would you suit up in some body armor and report from Iraq?

Personally, I'd frolic in my underwear. Katie is forgoing that frivolity and going to Iraq.

Next Tuesday and Wednesday Couric will be anchoring the news from Baghdad, which will be her first time in the war zone.

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ABC News cameraman and soundman ambushed, killed in Iraq

by Meredith O'Brien, posted May 18th 2007 7:32PM

ABC News imageTwo ABC News journalists were ambushed and killed in Iraq as they were headed home from the ABC News Baghdad bureau yesterday, ABC announced.

Thirty-three-year-old cameraman Alaa Uldeen Aziz, and 26-year-old soundman Saif Laith Yousuf were in their car when they were "reportedly ambushed and they were killed by unknown assailants" after being "stopped by two cars full of gunmen," ABC's web site reported. The network's Baghdad correspondent, Terry McCarthy said, "Today we've lost two family members, and it really hurts."

One hundred and four journalists have been killed while covering the Iraq War, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. Notably, one of ABC's anchors, Bob Woodruff, sustained serious injuries while covering Iraq in January 2006.

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CNN looks at Iraq combat hospital for Veteran's Day special

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 19th 2006 7:03PM
baghdadCNN will offer an insider's look at a combat hospital in Baghdad on Veterans' Day, November 11 at 8 pm and 11 pm with a special titled CNN Presents: Combat Hospital. The special, which will repeat on November 12 at 8 pm and 11 pm, will not use any narration or musical score, but will simply follow the doctors and nurses in a combat hospital located in a building once used by Saddam Hussein himself as they try to help anyone who arrives wounded, whether it be US soldiers, civilians, coalition forces or insurgents. While I find this topic very interesting, such things can often be ruined by poor or misguided coverage, but this special sounds like it was done in a tasteful manner. I certainly like the idea of not using narration or trying to emphasize the drama with a musical score. It seems enough to just have the cameras there to record the chaos.

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The Daily Show: August 21, 2006

by Annie Wu, posted Aug 22nd 2006 11:15AM
The Daily Show"Karr Talk": FOX News was bragging a bit about having one of their people on the plane, scoping out John Karr. Ohh, just imagine all the crazy crap that could've gone down! As it turned out, Karr spent most of his ride sipping champagne and eating king prawns. Wow. Senior Media Ethicist Rob Corddry reported live from the plane, his head slowly emerging from a toilet bowl. He wanted to do some real investigative journalism and find out more about ol' Pervert McMurderman (HA!) by hiding in the First Class toilet. He seemed crushed when Jon informed him that Karr wasn't in First Class but in Business Class. Oh, and I loved how the entire audience let out a collective groan when Rob said, "Scoop of a lifetime, Jon, and I let it slip through my fingers." After they cut away, Jon started laughing and explained that, since it's Rob's last week, they've all been think of terrible things for him to do. Man, I'm really going to miss Rob.

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CBS reporter walks out of the hospital -- UPDATE

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 5th 2006 5:33PM
kimberly dozierKimberly Dozier left a Maryland hospital this week, two months after nearly getting killed when a car bomb exploded nearby. Two of her colleagues, cameraman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan, were killed in the attack. Dozier suffered serious injuries to her head and legs. She was treated in Iraq, then moved to Landstuhl in Germany, Bethesda in Maryland, and finally to Vernon hospital in Maryland. When she left the hospital this week, she thanked the Army's 4th Infantry Division for treating her immediately after the attack and paying tribute to her fallen colleagues.

Amazingly, Dozier plans to return to work as soon as possible. She still has a few more surgeries on her legs.

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CBS reporter's recovery is "miraculous" -- UPDATE

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 17th 2006 9:33PM
kimberly dozierFrom the Good News department comes word that CBS reporter Kimberly Dozier is making a "miraculous recovery". Those are the words used by CBS News president Sean McManus, who is not a doctor. Still, two-and-a-half months after being critically wounded in Iraq, she's about to be released from Bethesda Naval Hospital. Dozier sustained shrapnel injuries to her head and legs on May 29 when a bomb detonated near the convoy she was traveling with in Baghdad. Her cameraman, Paul Douglas, and soundman James Brolan were killed in the blast. McManus said that Dozier will have full use of her legs and she apparently didn't suffer any brain injuries because he describes her as "sharp as a tack" and says she plans to return to Iraq.

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CBS News staffers killed in Iraq, correspondent critically injured

by Richard Keller, posted May 30th 2006 7:52AM

Kimberly DozierTwo CBS News crew members covering the war in Iraq were killed on Monday during some of the worst violence in the country since the new government was sworn in. Cameraman Paul Douglas, soundman James Brolan, and an American soldier were killed when a car bomb exploded during a patrol of central Baghdad.

Also injured during the explosion was CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier. The 39-year-old newswoman was reported in critical condition at a U.S. military hospital in Baghdad after going through two surgeries to remove shrapnel from her head. A spokesperson for the network says that Dozier still has several severe injuries to her lower body that needed to be taken care of. She has since been flown to Germany's Landsthul hospital for additional treatment.

Reports of journalist deaths and injuries in Iraq are not uncommon these days. Back at the beginning of the year Bob Woodruff, recently named co-anchor of ABC's World News Tonight broadcast, and his cameraman were seriously injured when the vehicle they were riding in struck a roadside bomb.

More information about Dozier can be found at AOL News. Full coverage of the attack, with reflections by co-workers of the slain Douglas and Brolan and injured Dozier can be found at the CBS News website.

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HBO plans wartime comedy

by Adam Finley, posted May 9th 2006 7:04PM
palestine hotelTV Week is reporting that HBO is currently working on a new series called Hotel Palestine, based on the oft-attacked hotel in Baghdad of the same name where foreign journalists often stay. The series, however, is not a drama, but a comedy, which you already know if you read the title of this post. According to the article, HBO isn't saying much about the half-hour comedy, which will focus on a group of reporters living in the hotel. It's too bad Don Knotts passed away, he would have made a great landlord. Actually, if this was anyone else but HBO I'd be a little more wary, but I'm guessing it will be done with some class. I guess we'll have to wait and see if I'm wrong about that or not. 

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Bob Woodruff leaves the hospital -- UPDATE

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 16th 2006 9:04PM
bob woodruff releasedABC News anchor Bob Woodruff was released from a military hospital today, six weeks after being seriously injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq. He suffered injuries to his neck, head, face, and chest and will requires many more months of rehabilitation, first in a private facility and then at his home. When he was released, doctors say he was laughing and joking with family and staff. Doug Vogt, the ABC cameraman also injured in the explosion, was released from the hospital in February.

ABC News has said that Woodruff is welcome to return to the anchor chair when he is ready. In the meantime, Diane Sawyer and Charlie Gibson have been subbing for him. ABC will dedicate Monday's entire episode of World News Tonight to the third anniversary of the Iraq war.

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Injured ABC journalists return to USA -- UPDATE

by Anna Johns, posted Feb 1st 2006 8:56AM
World News Tonight anchorman Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt arrived in the United States last night and are being treated at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. ABC says it considered moving the men to a private hospital but decided against it since the military doctors have experience treating victims of bombings. The picture at the right is of soldiers loading Woodruff on transport that would take him to a C-17 military plane in Germany. You can see from all the medical instruments, his injuries are very serious. Woodruff's family reports that he was hit in the face and brain with shrapnel when the Iraqi military vehicle he and Vogt were riding in hit a roadside bomb just outside Baghdad, Iraq over the weekend. Vogt, on the other hand, is reportedly in much better condition. He was laughing and making jokes while at the hospital in Germany, whereas Woodruff could barely open his eyes.

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ABC News anchor seriously injured in Iraq

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 29th 2006 6:23PM
Co-anchor of World News Tonight Bob Woodruff and cameraman Doug Vogt were injured when the vehicle they were riding in hit a roadside bomb early Sunday morning. The two apparently were standing up in a hatch, filming a story in the vehicle as it drove along.

The two are listed in stable but critical condition, after being flown to the "green zone" where military doctors operated on them. ABC is providing continuous updates on their conditions here.

Concidentally, today's Washington Post features an article about Woodruff and his co-anchor, Elizabeth Vargas. In the article, Woodruff says his goal is "to be the best damn foreign correspondent I could be."

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