ABC Holding Woodruff Injury Tape

Matt Drudge is reporting that ABC News has tape of the incident that wounder their news anchor, Bob Woodruff, and a cameraman over the weekend.

ABCNEWS executives have not viewed the video footage that was being taped when anchorman Bob Woodruff was injured by an explosive in Iraq, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned. Anchorman Woodruff and his cameraman Doug Hogt were in the hatch of a military vehicle taping footage last weekend when a bomb went off, seriously injuring both news veterans.

The war diary turned nightmare has remained in the original camera, a well-placed ABC source explained Thursday morning. ABC executives made the controversial decision not to remove the tape from the camera. “It is not first, second, or third thing on anyone’s mind,” said the insider. The camera will be hand-carried and delivered to ABCNEWS headquarters in New York later on Thursday, from Washington, a source claims. “No one has seen what is on the tape. No one.”

On whether ABCNEWS will air the footage: “It will be treated with the same standard and editorial judgment as any war footage.”

Cori Dauber got this one right. My hope is that ABC will decide that the news value of this is insufficient compared to the impact on the families of their crew–and that they will apply that lesson when they have tape of soldiers getting injured or killed.

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  1. Herb says:

    If there is any way for ABC News to make Bush look bad, ABC will air the tape, however you can bet they will edit the living hell out of it to make Woodfuff and his cameraman look good and be the innocent victims af a “War gone Bad” started by Bush by lying to the American people.

    Well. so much about a lefty news organization.