WHAT DID YOU THINK of today's guest, Jim MacMillan?
Here are a few things that stood out for me:
- Journalists are first responders: when everyone is running away from disasters, journalists are running in.
- The things journalists see can have an impact on their mental states.
- Few places deal with journalists suffering from trauma. The Dart Center is one.
- In Iraq, Jim survived two car bombs, three roadside attacks, two kidnappping attempts and he was shot in the helmet. He was also knocked unconscious at one point, and he suffered hearing loss.
- He did 200 combat missions while embedded with the military.
- 16 people he got to know died while serving the country.
- He lived in squalor with the troops.
- The war was not always portrayed in the American media as it existed in reality, Jim said.
- Being embedded is "a view through a straw."
- He was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage. But he said, "You can't celebrate when 100,000 people have died."
- He's now a new media guru.
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