Fox News Greg Palkot Olaf Wiig Severely Beaten in Cairo

Greg Palkot is one of my favorite journalists at Fox News. He has been doing a yoeman’s work covering the Cairo story. Fox has reported that Greg and his cameraman Olaf Wiig were both severely beaten yesterday by pro-Mubarak supporters. You may remember Olaf Wiig’s name. He was kidnapped by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, along with Fox News’ Steve Centanni in 2006. They were held for about 13 days in Baghdad.

Greg Palkot

Olaf Wiig

Here’s the story on Greg and Olaf (transcription from video)

Fox News not immune to this either. Two of most prominent and veteran correspondents and camera crews yesterday, were set upon themselves.

Greg Palkot, whom you’ve seen with all his amazing coverage of the protests for the last few days and Olaf Wiig, his dedicated cameraman, were in a position above Tahrir Square yesterday reporting on the incidents going on there, reporting on the back and forth between the demonstrators and the pro-government forces.

They were forced to leave their position when a molotov cocktail was thrown and a large fire erupted and they were forced to flee. They ran out and right into the pro-Mubarak crowd, and were severely beaten -beaten to the point that they had to be taken to the hospital. They spent the night in the hospital. The extent of their injuries was fairly grave…

John Roberts, the new guy at Fox (formerly with CNN), says Palkot and Wiig got separated in melee, and both got “the stuffing beaten out them.” Eventually, they tried to run to an armored personnel carrier. Not sure if they made it or not. The ran into the pro-Mubarak group as they were trying to get away from a large fired from a lobbed molotov cocktail.

On a day when a Washington Post Cairo Bureau Chief Leila Fadel is arrested in Cairo, Fox News’ Greg Palkot and Wiig are attacked, and Fox’s Ashley Webster was threatened in his own hotel room, Brian Hartman and a ABC news crew were carjacked and threatened with beheading:

Hartman says it was only through the appeal of Abi-hanna, who is Lebanese and a veteran ABC cameraman, that they were saved from being killed or severely beaten.

“We thought we were goners,” Hartman said later. “We absolutely thought we were doomed.”

Word of their harrowing ordeal came in a Twitter message from Hartman that stated, “Just escaped after being carjacked at a checkpoint and driven to a compound where men surrounded the car and threatened to behead us.”

“The men released us only after our camera man appealed to the generous spirit of the Egyptian people, hugging and kissing an elder,” he added in a subsequent tweet.

Christiane Amanpour, who interviewed Hosni Mubark, was also threatened.  I can’t stand the woman…do not like talking about her. You can read that story here.

Greg Palkot and Olaf Wigg Beaten in Cairo (video)

Thanks to The Hot Joints for the video.

Linked by Alan at Just Above Sunset: The Unlikely Triumph of Hope – thank you!

  • Honestly, Maggie … I don’t feel any sympathy for these journalists. There was a time when I respected the profession, but not any longer. Not since they stopped being the free press, and signed on to become part of the state run media. Beyond this, we send our young soldiers in harm’s way and pay them next to nothing, while the pay for these so-called journalists to take risks (for themselves) is quite high. Yesterday, Egyptians beat the crap out of Anderson Cooper. Maybe now sissy boy may not be quite so arrogant in the future. I do share your view with regard to Amanpour … she is a creep of the first order.

    • Mustang, I listened to probably each report Palkot gave. He is an excellent – very balanced, reporter. I appreciate him being there. I believe Fox is a “free press,” although I do see some things I don’t like, and there are things I would like to see but do not, but it doesn’t happen often.

      I agree about our soldier’s pay, but I don’t believe that has anything to do with Fox or Greg Palkot.

      I don’t see Palkot’s work in anyway resembling Amanpour. I really think we need press out there.

      Are you saying we should have no press in these areas?

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  • I agree with you Maggie. Greg Palkot is one of the better journalists out there. His reporting is always straight up. And no, it has nothing to do with US soldiers’ pay. Reporters are paid whatever they can make through the free market. It’s different with soldiers, although I do believe they deserve to be treated better.

  • This evening, I spoke by phone with Nonie Darwish. She and I have counted each other as friends for some time now.

    She told me, “I knew when I saw all those journalists on the streets of Cairo that they wouldn’t be allowed to continue to report from Egypt.”

    I plan to interview Nonie on the air tomorrow — on The Gathering Storm Radio Show.

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  • My problem with so-called western journalism is that they are continually laying the predicate for the idiot trap: western naiveté. It is entirely possible that Palkot was beaten at or about the same time as Anderson Cooper and it had nothing to do with ratings wars. On a personal note, I so thoroughly detest Cooper that when I heard of this, my first thought was that the arrogant so-in-so had it coming.

    I think Palkot is an excellent reporter, but what is the likely consequence of taking a western film crew to Egypt? If you answered “something bad,” then the next shoe to drop is “Then why go?” This is particularly true when you listen carefully to the drivel reported from Cairo: Egyptians want democracy and an end to totalitarianism! Balderdash! The Egyptians simply want the freedom to elect a government that will establish state sponsored terrorism against Israel and the United States … So no, I’m not giddy about western journalists perpetuating false narratives about Egyptian “freedom fighters.”

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