Journalist's Text Message

March 30, 2005 5:27 pm

Got invited to a memorial for a friend's mother. Second one. Must be that time.

Eggs over easy, toast with apricot jam and butter. You cover the toast with butter and jam then cut off an egg and put it on top. Then you bite in and try not to lose too much of the egg. For one or two bites it gets all your attention. Then coffee or tea with milk and sugar, and a fresh orange juice, oranges from Egypt.

Three journalists from Romania got snatched from the street in front of their Baghdad hotel. One of them somehow sent a text message on her cell phone to her mother which read: We are kidnapped. This is no joke. Help.

They must not have understood where they were. They must not have had the mindset, that as a Westerner, if you step on the ground without a lot of guns protecting you, people will snatch you. Some will do it to humiliate you and kill you on tape. Most will do it for money. In a multi-million dollar deal a lot of people will be watching your every step. The drivers, the fixers, the translators could all be involved. Thus the proper mindset is that at all times there is a concerted effort to snatch you. Once this attitude sets in though, really sets in, it tends to stick. So even when you get on a plane and switch time zones it might still be there — for instance when you walk through Central Park at dusk and hear someone behind the trees.

Producer here threw up and came back to work which was strong. Came back smiling. I once had a cameraman who had his tooth pulled in Ingushetia and came back to work that afternoon with a swollen mouth which was impressive. Slim Fagen once held throw up in until after a hit in Bagram, but I never saw the evidence. It went over a wall at night, so I can't vouch for it.

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I just have to give you credit for the funniest and most timely moment of coverage in this war. Shortly after Baghdad fell, you did a report about looters. The camera was showing a closeup of your face as you talked. Then as it panned back, you were in the back of a pickup truck filled with looted goods. The truck had been driving the whole time and you were sitting in an office chair in the back of that truck. I laughed so hard that I couldn't stand it. I have been a huge fan ever since!!! God Bless America! [ed. note: this Harrigan video is now available. Just click the video tab within the blog.]

— Bryan (Atlanta, GA)


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— Jeff (Dearborn, MI)

Your self-sacrifice and commitment to truth in reporting are second-to-none. You are equal in the effort in Iraq to our troops. Thank You.

— Ken (Orlando, FL)

We all think you are great and hope that you will be safe this Easter. Hopefully somebody sent you a chocolate egg.

Your fan -Tessa.


From Knoxville, Tennessee, you are looking pretty worn out. I believe in what the troops and you are doing there, but hope to see you all home soon. There should be a parade. You are always in my prayers and always have my gratitude and highest respect.

— Doug

Dear Steve,

Sounds like you had a normal childhood, what with the dog and the Easter eggs. What happened? Love your cynical humor even though it's real. Stay safe and keep giving us those little stories that are indeed quite amusing.

— Barb (Fort Worth, TX)

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I just wanted to say thank you for your wonderful blogs. My boss makes me read them everyday at lunch time, but I have to admit, I enjoy them. Don't tell her though or she will come up with some other form of torture for me. Keep blogging!!!!

— Neatie (Rockbridge Baths, VA)

Dear Harrigan,

Always enjoy your food blogs. We think you are a food critic disguised as a war correspondent. The ultimate cover.

We are missing the daily reporting from Baghdad. The news originated here in the States just isn't the same as the news "live" from Iraq. Reporting by a field correspondent has a different feel, appeal and impact. Perhaps we are just impatient and will hear more from you soon. Take good care of yourself.

— Your fans in Virginia

Steve Harrigan currently serves as a Miami-based correspondent for Fox News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in 2001 as a Moscow-based correspondent.