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