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June 17th, 2012
01:49 PM ET

The Aftermath of War

Former CNN correspondent Michael Ware tells Howard Kurtz about his post-Iraq struggle with PTSD


Filed under: War
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    August 3, 2012 at 4:38 am | Reply
  2. Mitch Dworkin - Dallas, Texas

    I think that after everything Michael Ware did for CNN for many years and with what he is going through right now with PTSD, the CNN decision makers should NOT have cut his time short because of Rodney King's death. Rodney King coverage was playing all day and it should have been taken from some other story on this show. Michael Ware should NOT have been interrupted and when he was talking because his time was cut short due to Rodney King. I think that was a terrible decision. Look at how much good that Michael Ware did for CNN! Was he not entitled to his full time slot?

    July 10, 2012 at 2:00 am | Reply
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      August 3, 2012 at 4:06 am | Reply
  3. truth

    Yes- Michael was cut short but it seemed as if he was trashing CNN on CNN. That doesn't seem like the brightest thing do if you want to get your point across. Maybe they shut he down because he wasn't telling the truth? I mean, if your under contract with a major corp and you have health insurance your covered for the time you're under contract. so maybe that wasn't the whole truth? The fact that he's sick now as a result of what happened to him when he was working for them is another story. They should be taking care of all issues concerning his PTSD.

    July 3, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Reply
  4. John

    Ware got bushwacked... Kurtz is a chump... CNN and TIME Inc. could not be more ungrateful or ungracious... I am shocked.

    June 25, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  5. Jared

    This interview shows the obvious bias by the mainstream media (among many others) on PTSD, who think that those who voluntarily place themselves in harms way, whether to do the fighting or to report on it, are simply 'adrenaline junkies' who go for selfish reasons and therefore deserve what they get, or at least have brought it upon themselves. They obviously have no notion of real service, or of volunteering to go overseas not because you want to but because you truly believe it needs to be done and that you can do the job, possibly sparing others from having to.
    As a combat infantry veteran of Afghanistan, I'm continually surprised and disgusted that these issues, which are already becoming a large problem as more veterans reintegrate into civilian life after combat deployments, are casually swept aside by those who have so little understanding of PTSD and how it effects those suffering from it and their families.
    Howard Kurtz should be ashamed at trying to lay blame on Michael (and all others who CHOOSE to serve) for developing PTSD while performing his job in a war zone, in order to show the citizens of the countries fighting there the progress (or lack thereof) in the wars their soldiers are fighting. The attitude that "nobody forced you to go and therefore the consequences of going are your own to deal with" is a very poor one that the host of this show (and those affiliated) should be ashamed to endorse.

    June 23, 2012 at 2:01 am | Reply
  6. Curt

    Michael was always so negative about the coalition's achievments. Would still liked to have heard more about his condition. Howie should not have cut him off like that. But Michael, dude, wear a clean shirt to a video interview!!

    June 21, 2012 at 7:54 am | Reply
  7. Akua Serwaa

    Michael Ware gave all his best to the world and to CNN for the war coverage and couldn't get a second to finish his own sentence with Howard Kurtz. How pitiful.

    June 20, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Reply
  8. Andrea Giles

    What in the world happened yesterday? I was very interested in what Mr. Michael Ware had to say, realizing that he's seen the worst of the worst in this world and why does he do what he does? Because no one else will! He put his life on the line and is suffering now, makes sence he's human but not Mr. Kurtz he's a puppet journalist. I care. I was hanging on every word (having been through my own hardships, alone, which wouldn't for a second compare to what this man has seen!) and then Mr. Ware is dismissed by Mr. Kurtz. I couldn't believe it. Doesn't it seem to be the way of the world... exactly what Mr. Ware was communicating seems the reality is no one with the authority to do anything cares. I'll never watch the show again.
    How can we contact Mr. Ware?

    June 18, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Reply
  9. Chris Dziekan

    I watched for years as Michael Ware reported from the front lines. He deserved better than he received on Reliable Sources. Please get him back on to share his story. This is my attempt to "Keep You Honest!"

    June 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply
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      September 12, 2012 at 1:05 am | Reply
  10. Kathy in Canada

    CNN – shame on you. You cut short an important story on PSTD with a former employee – who might I add should have his medical expenses covered by you – to cover breaking news on a story that impacted the US years ago. PSTD is current and becoming a very real problem now that troops are home. The tone of the piece was at best accusatory and victim blaming. I was disgusted by the way Mr. Ware was treated by Mr. Kurtz. I think Mr. Kurtz should be the topic of poor journalist behaviour that his show is desgined to point out.

    June 18, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Reply
  11. larry

    I agree with previous comments, and urge the show to revisit Mr. Ware, who is in obvious pain and whose story needs to be fully explored.

    June 18, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  12. Shazza North

    I was appalled at the way Michael Ware was dismissed on the June 17th showing of Reliable Sources. Ware has given so much of himself to bring to us the story of the horrors of war. And then to be cut off for Rodney King's accident death by drowning? This decision shows that CNN and/or Mr. Kurtz have seriously flawed priorities.

    June 18, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
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      September 12, 2012 at 3:05 am | Reply
  13. Mike

    The Michael Ware story — it seems — deserved more time.
    The public should know, for example, why Ware is covering his own medical expenses when PTSD perhaps should be a condition covered by his employer at the time — Time Warner.
    Also, it's another example of how Howard Kurtz does stories on how the media is failing to cover the substantive stories and than does it on his show — or is forced to do it.
    Is CNN merely reaching for the celebrity/titillating "breaking news" it hopes will spread via social media and lead to people turning to CNN to learn more, thus increasing ratings?
    When often, there is usually nothing more to learn. They could have said it once, than put it on their scroll. But why pass up an opportunity to show, in perhaps CNN management's opinion great — at the time video — of rioters, beatings and fires that could "hold the audience."

    June 18, 2012 at 9:36 am | Reply
  14. Caitlin

    Howard Kurtz and CNN do not respect Michael Ware or PTSD. It is no secret how badly CNN treated Michael and now Howie is towing the party line. I am disgusted.

    June 17, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Reply
    • Vysakh

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      September 12, 2012 at 3:25 am | Reply
  15. mary keefe

    My husband and I felt Howie gave short shrift to Michael Ware today. Was the Rodney King death so much more vital news while Ware was relating a first-hand insight on post traumatic stress and isolation from the recent wars? He was not only cut short but, it seemed to me, criticized for being a victim – i.e. nobody asked you to become this war reporter.
    WOW! You want to talk about heroes – he's one.

    June 17, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Reply
    • Marie

      I so agree with you. He was very short with him.I think his story should be handled with respect. I wanted to hear more. Is this how they treat their former reporters who risk their lives to get the story.

      June 17, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Reply
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        September 12, 2012 at 12:23 am |

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