Reporting of the on-going turmoil in Libya is fairly similar between television news channels. Some spend more time on it than others, and some reporters are simply better at war reporting (more objective and less breathless, impressed by their own faux bravery). Lately, reporters have come to don helmets and bulletproof vests to prove that they are near dangers. This is patently different from earlier war reporting, where it was badge of honor to taunt danger and dress the part of foreign correspondent.
Something else new to the 24-hour cable news genre is anchors travelling to hotspots to have their face imposed upon the turmoil in the background. (Daily Show does this more cleverly using blue screen.) I do not know why these people must waste travel expenses, because they do not do better than their colleagues in the field, who are pushed to the sides...or closer to the front. There are some very brave, intrepid reporters, who do not get anchor roles (beauty before bravery).
Women reporters are particularly interesting to watch. I was amused to see one Sky News (UK) anchorwoman, dressed in spotless cliché blue helmet and vest on a Tripoli rooftop far from any shooting, breathlessly reporting tidbits feed to her by TelePrompTer, which had been sent in from her colleagues closer to danger. This was clearly contrasted by the brave BBC women in the thick of things, with bullets whizzing over head and fighters rushing past or crouching in the background. I’m sure that the Sky woman had her hair and make-up staff (flown in with her and put up at the same luxury hotel) complained about the helmet destroying her hair, while I have never seen the BBC woman (who’s been turning up in all the war zones for years) ever seem to care about her hair...which is probably why she does not get an anchor job.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.