Hazardous Strategy

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Thursday, February 2, 2006

Hazardous Strategy

February 2, 2006

ABC co-anchor Bob Woodruff was nearly killed by a roadside explosive device as he traveled with Iraqi soldiers over last weekend. We should pray for him and his cameraman, Doug Vogt.

The New York Times subheadline on this story said, “field reports were a ratings strategy.” What kind of ratings strategy exposes a young man with a wife and four young children at home to extreme danger?

In Iraq there is no front line and people are killed indiscriminately. Nearly three years ago, NBC’s David Bloom was killed in a similar attack. Bloom, a Christian, had two young daughters at home.

I understand ambition as well as anyone, having spent most of my professional life in journalism. I understand ego. But I don’t understand putting your life in danger with a young family at home. It’s not that we lack information about Iraq. Information is available through numerous sources.

Please pray for Bob Woodruff and Doug Vogt and also pray that this kind of thing won’t happen again among money-hungry network bosses.

Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.




Hazardous Strategy