I’m a big fan of The Kalb Report. Now in its 16th season, the program is focusing on the relationship between a free press and a free society. I attended the taping of Play by Play with Bob Costas, What Makes 60 Minutes Tick? and, most recently in March, War Reporting: The New Rules of Engagement.
Four of America’s top correspondents joined Marvin Kalb to discuss the changing nature of war reporting and warfare in the digital age. They included Rajiv Chandrasekaran of The Washington Post; Cami McCormick of CBS News; Laura King of the Los Angeles Times and Martha Raddatz of ABC News.
It was a wonderful opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at how journalists cover wars, the difficulties they face and the many reasons why they’re drawn to such a dangerous profession. In the discussion, I learned that McCormick was seriously injured in Afghanistan in August 2009 when the vehicle she was riding in was hit by an explosive device. She is still recovering from her injuries, but wants to return to the battlefield as soon as she can.
War reporters have a strong, insatiable desire to tell a story that so often goes untold. That is also the case for many military members who have turned to blogging to share their own experiences. I believe that seeing and reading about war is very good thing. It is important that we know and understand the complexities of war and what our military members do day in a day out to defend our borders and protect our freedoms. Just as we thank our military members for their service, we also must remember to thank the many journalists and military bloggers who have courageously risked their lives in order to share their experiences with us.