When Reporters Fire Weapons


One of the classic ethics questions that critics of the media try to expose American reporters' insufficient patriotism with is some variant of, When push comes to shove in a war zone involving U.S. troops, would you pick up that gun?

Well, push came to shove the other day in Iraq, so freelance reporter Michael Yon picked up an M4, and

just about got everyone killed when he hit a propane tank.

A discussion on the propriety of Yon's actions, from a military and not journalistic-ethics perspective, over at Intel Dump.

UPDATE: Yon's account is definitely worth a look-see.