Monday, April 07, 2003
The US' journalist casualties in Iraq are now up to two. One, Michael Kelly:
Michael Kelly, 46, the Atlantic Monthly editor-at-large and Washington Post columnist who abandoned the safety of editorial offices to cover the war in Iraq, has been killed in a Humvee accident while traveling with the Army's 3rd Infantry Division.
Kelly, the first American journalist killed in the war, had also served as editor of the New Republic and National Journal. But his decision to join up with U.S. forces marked a return to his reporting roots, since he covered the first Persian Gulf War as a magazine freelancer and turned his observations into a book, "Martyrs' Day." While one Australian and two British journalists have been killed covering the war, Kelly's death is the first among the 600 correspondents participating in the Pentagon's embedding program.
Two, David Bloom:
David Bloom, a prominent NBC News journalist who was covering the war in Iraq, died suddenly of a non-combat ailment while on duty.
Described as "dedicated, tenacious and talented," the 10-year NBC veteran, who was 39, was traveling with troops about 25 miles south of Baghdad when he suddenly collapsed, according to NBC spokeswoman Allison Gollust.
He was airlifted to a nearby field medical unit, where he was pronounced dead from a pulmonary embolism, Gollust told The Associated Press.
I have a peculiar and forceful loathing for that "non-combat ailment" phrase. Something horribly clinical about it. Also like "he didn't die in battle so it's not as interesting" or something. I don't know, maybe it's just because I'm me and it's late at night, but I hate it.