ON MONDAY, a flurry of tweets and posts started popping up after a Turkish news report revealed NBC’s chief foreign correspondent had been captured inside Syria. Gawker led the way with blasting it out, but it was also picked up by Breitbart and a diarist at DailyKos, which eventually deleted the post. Tweets were re-tweeted by Michelle Malkin, as well as David Wiegel and David Shuster, with an explosion of tweets following as the news spread widely.
NBC had requested no one circulate the news of Engel and his crews’ capture and it was obvious it was due to the serious nature of trying to get them out. Gawker’s explanation is that they weren’t told of an immediate threat to Engel, which John Cook explained.
There can be little doubt that the news was blasted out by Gawker after the Turkish report in order to get the “scoop.”
Today, great news, as Engel and his crew have been released, which was announced by NBC News.
Richard Engel, the chief foreign correspondent for NBC News, and three of his crew members were freed on Monday after five days in captivity in Syria, the news organization said on Tuesday.
NBC chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel, right, crossed back into Turkey Tuesday after he and his crew were freed unharmed following five days of captivity inside Syria.
The journalists were unharmed. The news organization released a short statement that said, “We are pleased to report they are safely out of the country.”
I did not post on the story Monday, because of the obvious dangers it posed to Engel and others in captivity in Syria. Others ignoring this reality and sharing the news that went public doesn’t change the reality the NBC News crew and its lead reporter were facing.
Some times the gods rescue us from earth’s devils. Richard Engel and his crew got lucky.