FOX, CNN, Chris Thank discussed on Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter

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Welcome back political news takes up so much time so much oxygen but most reporters are working every day on other fronts for example, these historic overwhelming fires in the Western. United States these are of course, one of the most important stories in the world right now the air quality is horrendous. We need to stay focused on these fires. There is news on all fronts these days, and that brings me to CNN chief international correspondent Clarisa Ward She's been on the front lines many stories for the past decade plus and she's out with a brand new book titled on All Fronts, the education of journalist Chris Thank you for coming on with me. Thank you for having. ME. Right. There's a lot I learned in your book including about your early days where I didn't even realize this you worked out Fox News, you describe the ups and downs of working at Fox including sexism and misogyny. So tell us what happened that you hadn't revealed until now. Well I. Never Thought about the fact that there was a lot of pressure at Fox and this doesn't come as any surprise anyone to look a certain way. So I was sent an email by very well intention to anchor while I was in Baghdad covering the US occupation than insurgency that was raging. They're basically telling me that I should try to wear my hair down because that's how Roger likes girls to wear. Their hair down a tree can appreciate Ryan the absurdity of being in Baghdad being in a war zone and getting an email telling you that you should be wearing your hair down. I didn't even have hairdryer needless to say I've heard stories from other. Fox offers a similar about that focus on appearance. You moved around many networks over years pretty much everywhere. But NBC at this point why that kind of hopscotching around. That I always dreamed of working for CNN when I was first starting out, and then it just took me a really long time to get here at up frustrated at ABC News even though I work with some amazing journalists because there just wasn't a huge focus on international stories CBS was a wonderful place to work but there was this kind of dysfunction between sixty minutes and the news division that made it very difficult to be someone who was divided between both sides of the street there, and then CNN came with this incredible offer and opportunity, and I haven't looked back I will not be going anywhere else. So why do you think people? What is it? The people need to know about covering conflict zones like Syria for CNN. Well, what are the most important stories in your book about that? I think that people need to understand a few things first of all I think there's way too much of a taboo still about talking about issues of trauma and covering war and the absolute Lee inevitable toll that takes on an individual. We need to be much more outspoken about that and kind of get rid of this idea that war correspondents needs to be tough as nails. We don't need to be tough as nails we actually need to. Be Extremely, compassionate and extremely open to the trauma, the horror that we're processing. But I look at the next generation of Journalists Brian and I got their work cut out for them because we are kind of slipping into this post truth world than it is becoming increasingly difficult for journalists to kind of navigate the line between journalism and activism, and when do you respond to the attacks on Wendy you ignore the attacks it's it's a really difficult atmosphere. It is and the way through it is to keep telling the truth and and learn from people like you Chris. Award. The book is on fronts a highly recommend it. Thank you. We're coming. Up Next on the program my one on one but netflix co CEO read a sticks. In, other bills that we're.

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