I'm a bonafide war footage junkie. Dunno why, it's just part of my genetic coding. The ironic thing is though, on a certain level I don't have a lot of sympathy for journalists that get themselves blown away in war zones. Of course if you consider the humanity of the situation it's horrible. Left behind kids, wives, families, husbands etc, it's horrible, but like a profession soldier they volunteer for it and walk willingly in to war zones with a camera. No one dopes them up whatever and gaffer tape's a camera to their shoulder.
Alot of what they do they do for personal gain. How much does footage of a civilian being shot a professional soldier 'go for' these days?. What does being in the right spot at the right moment do for a journos career?. Tell me none of these journos consider this stuff when they sign up for it.
Do journalists deserve free access to war zones?. Are doing it 'for me', 'the victims', or themselves?.