Thursday, September 07, 2006

Dangerous Job

Reporters Getting Attacked on the Beat etc


A reporters beat can be quite dangerous at times. Most of the time when we hear or talk about the hazards of being a journalist, we usually equate it with beats that involved gang activity, war and conflict coverage. It goes with out saying that Al Qaeda, the war in Iraq and the war against terrorism have further compounded the problem. I don't need to remind you about the reporters and photographers who get kidnapped, shot, beheaded or have had bombs and grenades thrown at them. Much of these usually happen in other countries, in war zones, or countries that are politically unstable which is mostly countries that are not in the western hemisphere. Here in America we journalists find a very safe haven. We enjoy the liberties of being able to practice journalism without fear of intimidation. This is because America is the beacon of free press and free speech. As journalists we believe we work for the people and are the watch dogs of society, protecting citizens from bad governance and ensuring that tax payers money is used properly. We also try to expose corruption and illegal activity, which is what one investigative reporter was doing when he suddenly found himself not just a part of the story, but practically became 'a man without a face'. Check this out.


This is CRAZY. The woman even threatened to get a gun and have him end up in Tijuana or Enscenada or some place like that in Mexico. That's practically a death threat. I am so flabbergasted by this. Poor reporter got the beat down of his life but he kept his cool and gave us GREAT TV. My question is how dumb could these people have been. They only worsened their case. What do you guys think about this? Should the reporter have fought back? Lord know that as a 'sistuh' I would have taken off my earrings and my high heels and given that woman a whoopass nigerian momma beating. Should the photographer have stopped recording and jumped in to rescue his partner? I'ld like you to share your views. Meanwhile here are some other 'On the Job Reporter Hazards' as well as bloopers that I found on You Tube. Funny stuff. Gawd I love that website. I need to upgrade on technology so I can load stuff up man.


Man this guy is a pro and also bold, I would have gotten on my knees and started praying.


Poor dude, the kids actually made his story much more interesting.


The purse lady was probably drunk


Are you kidding!?! This really aired?


That's gotta be the most annoying thing. Trying to do your stand up and a moron comes around acting stupid. But I am sorry I had to laugh over her last gasp of frustration. I hope she threw the mic at the dude.

All I can say is HOLY COW!!! This reporter was very lucky


This one got me cracking up, especially the live shot with the torch light. HABA!!!!

Now this one below is classic. Our African brother gave us a 'FACE' when they caled him an expert. Toooo Funny!!! I love television...greatest stuff created after the internet.




THIS IS A SELECTION OF BLOOPERS... I think the hazard was probably trying to keep a straight face.




OK I AM NOT SURE WHERE I WAS TRYING TO GO WITH THIS BLOG BUT I THINK I WENT OFF ON A TANGENT. THE POINT I WAS REALLY TRYING TO MAKE IS THAT BEING A REPORTER IS A HAZARDOUS JOB THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO KEEP YOU NOT ONLY INFORMED BUT ALSO ENTERTAINED. KEEP WATCHING THE NEWS PEOPLE BECAUSE TV IS GREAT.

4 comments:

Calabar Gal said...

Ahhh I couldnt help but laugh at the reporters ordeals.
1. Rosa and her husband were very silly and didnt think at all, knowing that the press like to have concrete evidence. They should have realised they were being filmed and behaved appropraitely or with more restraint. No I didnt expect the cameraman to stop filming and help his reporter and loose all that beautiful footage? Addy even u would do the same now abi?
The second footage was absolutely hilarious. I know the guy was absolutely in distress filming with all those missiles flying around but then, thats the bane of you reporters isnt it? Filming live from the scene of the 'action'
Going back to have a look at the rest of the clips.......

Parazone super Bleach said...

It's funny cuz just recently I Saw a reporter on the news getting clubbered by this Persian/Indian/Asian dude and his wife. The poor reporter sustained cuts and bruises to his face a cracked rib etc... I actually thought about you..(not being attacked oh! God will not let u meet a crazy person!)..and was like naaah...from what I gather you probably will have to show them some of our African Gidigbo moves or very sensibly take your "Loubous" off and pick race! LOL

T. said...

na wa o.....i really felt bad 4 d ist guy o, he was even trying to be nice, trying to shake her hand after she gave him a hot slap...wo if i was the one,i would have given her a serious beat down b.4 i even remember that i'm still on the clock or that i even have a job!!

As for d woman trying to do a stand up... her response was just too hilarious!!

Azuka said...

It's a dog eat dog world. Sometimes the press goes too far, but some people can be downright annoying -- and the rest of us purchase a newspaper, or sit in front of the TV without appreciating the hazards these people went through.

One of my friends Mrs Bukola Olatunji had something like that in 1999 -- http://mediarightsagenda.org/attmar99.html.

Various other attacks exist. Keep up the good work.