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(MSNBC)   David Bloom, NBC reporter, dies in Baghdad of a non-combat related pulmonary embolism at the age of 39   ( divider line
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2003-04-06 08:18:42 AM  
Damn, i just saw him. Tough way to go i guess.
2003-04-06 08:20:28 AM  
Wow. That sucks. He always did a good job.
2003-04-06 08:27:05 AM  
Yeah, he came up with that cool "Bloommobile" idea that he used while embedded so that he could appear on TV live when they were moving. Really cool guy and a true loss. A shame for his kids, though.
2003-04-06 09:16:15 AM  
2003-04-06 09:23:49 AM  
He was awesome........Why are we stuck here with Geraldo, while this guy has to die????
2003-04-06 09:25:29 AM  
I'd like to officially go on record as personally inviting PresidentFrankenstein to go and fark himself.....Can I get an Amen Brother for all who agree with me?????
2003-04-06 09:27:08 AM  
God Bless him and his family.

Over the last year I really enjoyed him on the weekend Today show. He was always witty and intelligent at the same time. I was surprised when I first saw him embedded with the military in Iraq. At the time it seemed to me that he was almost too important to the network to be doing that.

He did an awesome job reporting from Iraq.
2003-04-06 09:27:23 AM  
Long live Geraldo!
2003-04-06 09:27:48 AM  
Amen, brother.

My condolences to his family.
2003-04-06 09:28:37 AM  
Soliciting "Amen Brother's" is really unseemly. But, Amen Brother.
2003-04-06 09:30:32 AM  

Now, now. I thought that you were working on your "anger problem."
2003-04-06 09:31:57 AM  
Yes people die every day why should we pay attention to any of them?

2003-04-06 09:32:52 AM  
Leonard_Cohen Hmmmmmm, 1.0 x 10^7 people dying in Iraq for years huh???? Ummm, that would mean the entire population of the planet has died 12 times over in Iraq alone. Just kidding, I get your point, but Bloom really really was a good guy.
2003-04-06 09:33:39 AM  
Oh, shoot sorry...

What I meant to say was, Its very difficult to feel any sympathy towards this Bloom fellow, when thousands of children have died in the region through no fault of their own.
2003-04-06 09:36:17 AM  
1.0 x 10^7
Man I haven't seen scientific notation since my school days. What a waste of time, in all my years of engineering I only used it once and that was to settle a bet.
2003-04-06 09:37:09 AM  
Yeah, but the death of a reporter means something to the audience. It would have been a false Today show this morning if they did one story on it and moved on. They knew and loved the man and so did the people who watched him.

The regular soldiers who die in combat most people don't know. People care more about people they know or feel they know.

Is it more sad than the others who died in Iraq? Of course not! But it does hit people much closer to home, whether they knew him personally or not.
2003-04-06 09:38:16 AM  

Would you prefer that they cover every soldier's death in an all day marathon of sad stories and memories?

I would think that not only would that be absolutely terrible for every family who has lost someone, but it'd be awfully depressing.

And, to be frank, soldiers are expected deaths in war. They're SOLDIERS. If anybody's going to die, the chances are that it's going to be a soldier. Journalists, on the other hand, are not expected to sacrifice that much. They get there, they cover things, they win their Pulitzers, and they go home.

So pardon NBC if they're shocked and saddened by the death of one of their co-workers.
2003-04-06 09:38:43 AM  
PresidentFrankenstein and Leonard_Cohen: OK, I see your points after you explained yourselves. Thanks.
2003-04-06 09:38:59 AM  
Shoulda been Geraldo or Arnett.

2003-04-06 09:39:04 AM  
PresidentFrankenstein None of our soldiers are dying like this. Slow suffocating over 25 minutes as you are still able to draw breath yet every breath hurts more and more, pain engulfing your entire chest as your cardiac myocytes starve for oxygen, you breath harder and harder as you have plenty of time to sit back and watch your entire life pass before you, your thoughts desperatly thinking of how you want to look at your wife and children one last time till finally your heart quits, but you never got to experiance the endorphin kick because your heart couldn't push against the obstruction in your lungs, so you live and feel every excruciating second of your final minutes.........No, that is a death that needs to considered.......dipshiat.
2003-04-06 09:39:48 AM  
PresidentFrankenstein: How much time has NBC devoted to fallen soldiers

I understand where you are coming from, but think about this. In the local papers, there have been several articles written about Capt. Chris Seifert since he died during the grenade attack by a fellow officer in Kuwait. Why did the local paper focus on Chris when and not the other soldiers that have died in this war? Because he was a local boy.

It just so happens that David Bloom was "local" to NBC. It might not be fair, but does that make sense?
2003-04-06 09:42:29 AM  
Very sad. David Bloom was, hands down, the hottest thiing about network news.

/shallow Farkette

Though, pulmonary embolism? WTF? Can that be stress-related? It just seems so random, given the circumstances.
2003-04-06 09:43:16 AM  
If you've been watching NBC or MSNBC this morning, or even looked at their websites, they're definitely not making this top coverage. They're handling it in a very mature manner. They're still focusing on the troops, the big picture. In fact, it's actually hard to find articles about Bloom on their websites.

So maybe you should take a look around and give NBC some credit for doing it the right way.
2003-04-06 09:43:21 AM  
To paraphrase the late Tip O'Neill -all news is local.
2003-04-06 09:45:05 AM  

He's got three kids...:(
2003-04-06 09:54:32 AM  
My first reaction was "holy shiat"

I worked for a top NBC affiliate from 1998-2002 and saw alot of Bloom, and had a lot of respect. Even after leaving NBC I watched it's coverage and Bloom. Found him very credible and trustworthy. R.I.P.
2003-04-06 09:58:25 AM  
How does everyone think NBC would have reacted if he was actually killed in action, as opposed to pulmonary embolism?
2003-04-06 10:00:58 AM  
this sucks, he was a good reporter

Wydok who knows i'm sure it would have been more publized then.
2003-04-06 10:01:56 AM  
Truly heartbreaking. Bloom was an excellent newcaster and my personal favorite. He added a lot of depth to any story he covered, and did so with a humanistic edge that more reporters are sadly lacking. His most recent work in Iraq was his best ever. He'll be sadly missed.

My heart aches for his family and real friends, but I'm sure lots of us feel as if we knew him, too.

2003-04-06 10:05:04 AM  
A very sad time for his family and friends. I generally found his reporting to be more interesting than most of the tripe out there.
2003-04-06 10:10:36 AM  
What happened to PresidentFarkenstein's comments? Did he delete them? Can you do that with TotalFark?
2003-04-06 10:12:44 AM  
SurlyChuck: What happened to PresidentFarkenstein's comments? Did he delete them? Can you do that with TotalFark?

I assume it was a mod, but not sure why.

Not only that, but I swear I closed my bold tag when I quoted him. Maybe not.
2003-04-06 10:13:33 AM  
Now it's closed again. Huh. Guess I'm on crack.
2003-04-06 10:17:53 AM  
BUH leted.
2003-04-06 10:24:33 AM  
Did PresidentFrankenstein pull some crap like posting a NSFW pic or physically threaten anyone? Because all I saw in his first two posts were a dissenting opinion and a fairly well thought out explanation of his opinion. Oh well, not my site so I really have no say in what stays and what goes...
2003-04-06 10:29:45 AM  
David did an awesome job for NBC/MSNBC. I'm sure he was aware of all of the risks that he accepted going into Iraq, this just wasn't one of them.
I'll miss his reports.
2003-04-06 10:30:17 AM  
i'm saddened by this:(
i liked that guy...i used to watch him everey saturday morning at work.
2003-04-06 10:30:43 AM  
I'm not suprised he died, but I'm surprised it wasn't combat-related. It's a shame--he was starting to establish himself as the "scud stud" of this war. And NBC has covered his death in a very classy, appropriate way.
2003-04-06 10:31:56 AM  
Good night funny man.
2003-04-06 10:34:43 AM  
oh, sorry, i forgot i can't grieve for anyone who's died because so many other people die daily that i don't take a minute for.

2003-04-06 10:43:30 AM  
My prayers are with both David's immediate family and his NBC family.I always thought he might get Brokaw's job, not that boring Brian Williams.
God bless you David.
2003-04-06 10:44:21 AM  
Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Bloom the heir apparent to take over for Tom Brokaw, who is rumored to be retiring soon? I guess he isn't anymore. Very sad, he was a great reporter. My heart goes out to his family.
2003-04-06 10:46:31 AM  
What the heck is pulmonary embolism?
2003-04-06 10:49:16 AM  
Wakamole, the heir apperent to Tom Brokaw is Brian Williams, who fills in for Tom and hosts his own nightly newscast on NBC cable (I think it's on CNBC now, thought it's been on MSNBC before)
2003-04-06 10:52:27 AM  
TBD Embolism is the term used for any large particle that breaks off and travels through the blood vessels. When the vessels get to the lungs and to the organs, the vessels get very very very small. Anything larger than the diameter of these vessels with get stuck and prevent the flow of blood. The term pulmonary means lung, so a pulmonary embolism means a blood clot, or air bubble, or piece of cholesterol, or scar tissue broke off on in the blood vessels and got stuck in his pulmonary artery. It was of sufficient size that it stopped , or severly slowed the flow of blood such that his organs couldn't get oxygen. Without oxygen, his heart stopped.
2003-04-06 10:56:05 AM  
DariusMDeV, is there any treatment for a pulmonary embolism either on or off the battlefield?
2003-04-06 10:56:10 AM  
I don't think it's inappropriate for NBC to take a special moment to announce the passing one of its own. What I find offensive are the reports that list only "coalition" casualties in Iraq. Thousands of people are dying or injured through no fault of their as a direct result of this war. And, contrary to the monstrous opinions of some, Arabs have just as much worth as Americans.
2003-04-06 10:59:36 AM  
SomeBrunette: I'm going to completely guess here (because speculating without any real knowlege is fun on Fark), but emergency treatment for pulmonary embolism is probably similar to emergency treatment for certain types of stroke.
2003-04-06 10:59:55 AM  
SomeBrunette Not really, it depends on knowing what the embolism is made of, there are drugs which will degrade blood clots rather rapidly, but they depend on a working circulatory system to get them to the area where they are needed. This is what people die of on the operating table, so if a top flight surgeon with the man already open on the table can't do anything, then there really isn't much a field medic could have done for him.
2003-04-06 11:02:37 AM  
...sorry, I didn't see that post was addressed to anyone in particular.
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