August 27, 2007

The Accidental War Correspondent

I'm almost finished with my next dispatch from Iraq and should have it published later today. While I'm wrapping that up, take a look at food journalist Anthony Bourdain's hour-long TV episode from Beirut last year. Someone did us the favor of uploading it to You Tube. Bourdain went to Lebanon to film a show about restaurants, but he went in July and ended up as a war correspondent of sorts on accident until he was rescued by the Marines.

He did a better job covering Lebanon than many, if not most, foreign correspondents even though he's "only" a food journalist. Somebody should give him a prize.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at August 27, 2007 12:32 PM

This is off topic, but does anyone have an opinion of the following breaking story:

Is this good news or public relations posturing?

Tom in South Texas

Posted by: Tom at August 27, 2007 02:05 PM

His experience, the way the expressed what he went thru, and the manner in which he was treated by the Marines, was extraordinary. Hmmm, reminds me of someone else .

I am not certain exactly what he is, but agree that it is not just "only a chef/food critic".

Thanks for increasing the exposure to Mr. Bourdain (who writes a rather good book himself).

Posted by: Ron Snyder at August 27, 2007 05:35 PM

Bourdain rocks. I've been a fan of his since I read "Kitchen Confidential" a couple of years ago... and his Travel Network program never fails to enthrall (and this, from a dedicated non-TV watcher).

It's funny, I was discussing this very program with my wife tonight. This was journalism at its absolute best, and the usually gruff and semi-macho Bourdain does nothing to try to cloak his fear or his gratitude upon being rescued by the Marines. And the lack of anti-Israeli propaganda was refreshing too.

I heard that Bourdain won an Emmy for this show. He deserves it (and so do you, Michael).

Posted by: Pete (Alois) at August 27, 2007 06:17 PM

Bourdain is excellent TV. I haven't read his book, which by all accounts is pretty good, but on TV he's turned food exploration into an artform.

Posted by: anon at August 28, 2007 11:40 AM

That was the best TV reporting I've seen from Lebanon on the war. And the lamb stew looked good too.

Posted by: Bruno at August 28, 2007 07:02 PM
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