Ted Turner on volunteering to report from Baghdad for CNN: "I did say, 'Well, you know, if nobody else will do it, I'll do it.' And they said, 'No.' But, because I'm sixty-four, and I've been pretty well wiped out anyway, I might as well go out. I thought it'd be kind of goodhere I am, going down in flames. I think it would be a dramatic way to exit the world. But they turned me down, and, really, it probably wasn't that good an idea. They said, 'You're not really qualified to do it.' I said, 'Well, all you have to do is hold the microphone up and say, 'The bombs are falling all around me.' There's no magic to this game."
Q & A: journalists and generals [New Yorker]