*****BREAKING NEWS***** NBC News correspondent Richard Engel is MISSING in Syria!!
News blackout. Hasn't been seen since Thursday. Not good.
"NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel has gone missing in Syria, according to Turkish news reports. The reports also say that Aziz Akyavaş, a Turkish journalist working with Engel, is unaccounted for. NBC News has been successfully keeping Engel's status subject to a news blackout—one to which Gawker agreed until now—for at least the past 24 hours.
Turkish newspaper Hurriyet is reporting that Engel and Akyavaş were last known to be in Syria and haven't been in contact with NBC News since Thursday morning. The news has been reported widely in the Turkish press over the past 24 hours, including by Turkish news channel NTV, which presents itself as an international partner of MCNBC. It's also been widely distributed on Twitter.
But NBC News has been asking every reporter who inquires about the report to participate in a news blackout. It has also taken to Twitter and asked people who repeated the Turkish reports there—including freelance reporter Danny Gold—to take them down. You can see here a screengrab of the Twitter account @NBCComm asking a Twitter user who had mentioned the reports to urgently call a cell phone number (that account has since been taken down).
NBC News declined to comment for the record about Engel's whereabouts, but asked Gawker not to report what it characterized as "rumors" about Engel's current status.
The Turkish reports have been referenced on Twitter by Slate's David Weigel, Michelle Malkin, former MSNBC anchor David Shuster, and hundreds of others."
So sad. I hope he is found and is safe. He's done some good reporting in very dangerous situations.
I also hope he is okay. I think he's the best mainstream media reporter out there.
Why couldn't they have sent Luke Russert to Syria?
I hope he is found safe and returns to the US permanently. Too dangerous.
He always gets very close to the action and I have long thought he might get into trouble. He is one of the few real TV journalist working for network TV and puts himself in dangerous spots all the time.
NBC working that hard to keep a lid on it makes me think it might be a kidnapping for ransom situation. They don't want a herd of reporters getting in the middle of it and potentially messing things up.
He's been able to avoid something like this happening for so long, I was beginning to think he was invincible, I hope he is found safe.
I totally agree, R7.
Noooo! He's such a hot piece.
Agree with R4. Maybe a trade can be arranged?
Sadly, as he comes from a country that supports and commits torture, he is fair game to be tortured. That is how it goes.
Bumping this thread to go above the duplicate thread.
Hope Engel is ok. Not looking good.
Did another reporter die recently?
I'm having déjà vu. This is weird.
Take Anderson instead, you brutes!
Wow, I really like this guy.
Very disturbing. He is an outstanding reporter.
[quote]Sadly, as he comes from a country that supports and commits torture, he is fair game to be tortured. That is how it goes.
You are one dumb fucking cunt.
Dear God, why you'd you have to put in jeopardy such hot snatch?
[quote]Did another reporter die recently?
Anthony Shadid of the NY Times
Is he gay?
Wikipedia says he was married but divorced...
Are the rights to his life story available?
I was watching him on the news about a week ago and the story was about how easy it suddenly was to get into Syria and I thought how lucky he has been over time in some pretty horrendous situations. God I hope this doesn't end ugly.
[quote]Wikipedia says he was married but divorced...
In other words, he's gay.
Or she is a lesbian or insane, because there is no other reason to divorce such a man.
Wow, I was confusing him with Bob Woodruff (also very nice looking) and thinking what a shitty run of luck. In the meantime, this sucks for Richard Engel. Hope he's OK.
Engel and his wife divorced because he chose foreign corresponding over his family.
Get the Frau at R25
I can see how putting having a spouse who put their life on the line regularly in a career would be very hard to be married to. And he is away from the US for long stretches of time. Silly to assume he is gay. Sheesh.
I hope he is OK- but as I said- he has always put himself in dangerous spots in the Middle East in the name of journalism. I imagine it would be terribly hard to have a relationship with such a person.
Actually, R27, I think I heard something similar to what R25 reported regarding Engel's divorce.
charlie, not to mention the spouse at home has all the disadvantages of marriage with few of the advantages. Some people might prefer to live that way, but it's probably hard to find.
I don't think he has kids, so he really didn't choose reporting over a family, per se. He got married o someone he met in college. I really don't know how folks like him enter into marriages knowing that separation alone can erode them, never mind the danger.
Rachel is going to be very upset.
Engel is childless, with a divorce caused in part by his preoccupation with covering the Middle East since he graduated from Stanford 11 years ago.
He's a very handsome man. I hope he gets out soon.
Richard's will be the face that launched a thousand drones.
The USA Today article is almost six years old.
In a related story, Anderson Cooper stubbed his toe getting out of the shower this morning.
Oh, R36? The circumstances around his divorce CHANGED?
NBC News has been asking every reporter who inquires about the report to participate in a news blackout, but Googling 'NBC News correspondent Richard Engel missing in Syria' pulls up pages of 2nd and 3rd tier news sites running the story. Nice
Who's his bf? His big is his cock?
[quote]The USA Today article is almost six years old.
Update: Engel is childless, with a divorce caused in part by his preoccupation with covering the Middle East since he graduated from Stanford [bold]17[/bold] years ago.
LOL @ R41. And Richard Engel Missing is currently trending #2 on Yahoo. News blackouts, right or wrong, are not very effective in the age of technology.
[quote]Oh, [R36]? The circumstances around his divorce CHANGED?
Well, I didn't say the circumstances changed, did I? If you want to believe he's still 33 and graduated from Stanford 11 years ago, go ahead.
Agree R39, I just hope they weren't trying to keep the story quiet because his life hung in the balance
He & Rachel were classmates in Stanford, IIRC. She will be very upset.
Hopefully he's just off somewhere fucking Alex Marquardt for a long weekend.
Oh dear - he loses points on the hotness meter for being short.
Shit...he's often the best part of the NBC nightly news. (Which I watch nightly)
I always confuse him with the skinny English Richard on MSNBC who is on Rachel's show a lot.
Being ransomed I fear.
I always thought the name Richard Threlkeld was an awesome name for an international reporter. It's kind of James Bond-ish. But Threlkeld was kind of nerdy looking. He died in a car accident not far from where I live.
This is why I don't think he'd make a very good boyfriend.
A fuckbuddy arrangement would be good, but I wouldn't want to get too emotionally invested in either Engel or Marquardt or any of the gay journalists that are routinely reporting from politically unstable parts of the world.
I hope he makes it out okay. He's one of the best reporters out there, and gorgeous to boot.
Please tell me our David Muir is safely in US soil!!!
Diane - David's got his tongue up your ass even as we speak...
Just as long as Rob Marciano is safe. God couldn't be that cruel to take someone so beautiful from this earth.
He is really one of the few REAL reports. I hope he gets out OK.
The news black out is odd. First, you cant really black out the news anymore. So really its only a partial black out for Americans but not the world.
Secondly, why? He is either doing something super covert that got discovered, in hiding, or worst, prisoner for ransom. Remember that guy that got beheaded a few years ago and they uploaded the video on the internet?
NBC has a ton of cash, so while we "dont negotiation with terrorists" as US policy, NBC is a private organization and can do whatever they want. Maybe that is why they want it quit, so they can get him back home with cash under the table, without it turning into a big thing to taunt the US government with.
What happened?? No word yet?
Given that the Assad regime in Syria is noted for its oppression of the citizenry, and the fact that just last week the United States recognized the opposition forces as the true representatives of the Syrian people, it would not surprise me at all that Engel was kidnapped and is being held by the Syrian government in retaliation for the change in American policy.
Sadly, this won't end well, I'm afraid.
Hurry home, Richard, our thoughts and hearts are with you.
[quote]I always confuse him with the skinny English Richard on MSNBC who is on Rachel's show a lot.
Are you thinking of Richard Wolffe? He's never on Rachel's show. Other MSNBC shows, but never Rachel's.
I hope Richard Engel is okay. He's a fine reporter.
As long as it isn't David Muir, who cares
Syria can take all the White House press corps and all the network anchors, as long as we keep our David Muir!!!
R68, it's only fair that you should know that R67 is David Muir.
R19, Shadid, of the Times dies from an alergic attaick due to horses.
Shit. We need him. Sending love his way.
I'm so sick of religious radicals. Both Islamist and homegrown fundies. They are fucking up everything.
I hope he doesn't get manhandled like I did...unless he gives permission and establishes a safe word.
The Syrian conflict has taken the lives of many a good journalists. Marie Colvin died in February. I hope Richard won't be added to the list of prominent foreign correspondents.
Good thing he's cute or none of you would care.
Some of you are such morons, esp. R71. Such a sucker.
I guarantee you he's fine. I don't mean there's some "conspiracy." I just get the feeling he's in an area where it's tough to communicate.
[quote]Shit. We need him. Sending love his way.
Read his books. Great and depressing insider information about what's really going on in the Middle East.
Warning: You'll never get some horrible scenes out of your mind.
Engel is fluent in about five Arabic languages, has lots of friends there, and has always been lucky. I so hope the luck sticks around this time.
Those words might come back to haunt you, r75.
R76 in addition to Arabic, he's fluent in Spanish and Italian as well.
Brilliant man, amazing reporter. Hoping so much for a positive outcome on this. But the fact that NBC put a blackout on it makes me think things are bad....and a kidnapping/ransom situation is going on.
Don't want to see video of him being beheaded by his captors like we did of Daniel Pearl.
RIP Richard Engel
For anyone who is a frequent visitor to gore sites you know the brutality of the fighting in Syria. It is dangerous.
Probably stuck somewhere at the border bet. Syria and Turkey.
As opposed to the sight of 20 kids riddled with bullets, R80.
They're fine. In Turkey. You can all relax.
hE'S A jew
He's fine!FINE! He sends his love!
He's the son of Georgia Engel of The Mary Moore Show.
20 dollars says Ann Curry has him shackled in her Westchester basement pumping him for info on why she got shitcanned.
Time to step up NBC, follow your boss, never waste a good crisis.
Don't worry, his rich daddy will post money wherever bail may be needed.
And also the reason for the news black out. He was freed by still in the country trying to sneak out of the country with his crew.
was hoping for something a little more dramatic
Georgette and Ted will be so happy. Who knew the Olivier from the Brady Bunch would grow up to be so good looking and talented?
Since no one denied r85's Georgia Engel claim, I had to look it up. No he's not Georgia's son, she doesn't have any children, she never even married. Which could be the impetus of a gay rumor if anyone cared one way or the other.
You should check out that Breitbart site. Some of the most pathetic comments I've ever seen. People really are depressingly stupid.
I hoped they were going to talk about this on Morning Joe, but they've been on for an hour and so far it hasn't been mentioned.
But apparently it was covered in 'Way Too Early' because that segment where the producer reads viewer emails to 'What are you doing up so early?' had a woman comment that she's so relieved to hear Richard is OK.
That's great news that he has been freed and is OK!
He is short with a big ass. I think they probably enjoyed using him while captive.
I wonder how many men he's slept with? He has a boy in every port, I imagine.
[quote]was hoping for something a little more dramatic
So essentially you were hoping for a beheading? Because being kidnapped, held captive for 5 days, and only escaping due to gunfire with no shortage of deaths is pretty dramatic.
He's been released and is unharmed. He was kidnapped.
Why the new blackout? Was this related to protecting him?
Richard talked about the escape on the Today Show. I'm sure MSNBC will be running it as well - if they aren't blocking the coverage still.
I saw it on CNN.
I'm so relieved my future heterosexual husband has been released safe and sound.
He was NEVER in any real danger. He worked for a big news company, they wouldn't screw with him.
Today's terrorists are not like the old school ones that killed Aldo Moro because it was cool.
R108, what about Daniel Pearl?
I'm relieved he and his colleague are free.
You don't even know what you're talking about r108. So many prominent foreign correspondents and photo journalists have been killed in Syria this year. If anything, the terrorists want to kill a journalist with "name," or from a high-profile organization.
The news story I saw before my server froze said the only reason they were released was that the kidnappers hit a rebel roadblock they hadn't been aware of; two of them were killed and the rebels freed Engel & his staff.
The kidnappers had conducted mock executions while the hostages were blindfolded, among other emotional tortures.
He's been very lucky considering how he's repeatedly put himself in OTT dangerous situations.
R108, you're a fucking idiot.
Engel's one of the best foreign correspondents working the Middle East beat. He risks his life every goddamned day so that braindead fucking losers like R108 can get accurate news out of the region.
Die in a grease fire, 108.
Only a dummy couldn't see this was a PR stunt. Get your head out of your ass! So gullible.
Brian Williams just said that the reason they did the blackout was because they didn't want the kidnappers finding out they had a "valuable" hostage.
On a side note, why in the hell does NBC insist on shoving David Gregory down the throats of those who watch the Today Show? I don't watch but when I saw the clip of Engel from the Today Show, I noticed Gregory was filling in for Lauer.
No one wants to watch Rove's baboon-faced bitch on the weekend -what with MTP being at a 20 year low- so why make viewers watch him during the week?
I saw him and the other two guys interviewed earlier today and he looked HOT with his 5 day beard. Yum.
He's 5' 4", but still hot.
Picture with five day beard, please.
I want him very deeply inside me.
And he can bring along one of his middleeastern friends, too. MMmm.....big Arab dick!
I don't buy NBC's explanation. He was an American with a crew; he wasn't just accompanied by the Turkish journalist. And the crew had their equipment with them. Surely someone had NBC identification? The captors knew they were dealing with important people.
The only thing that didn't give away his importance is his stature. I had no idea he is so short.
Fall on your knees R126. But don't hurt yourself. I mean, ya know, at your age...
This guy is definitely hot. I still wonder what he does for sex and he is constantly travelling for his job.
A Christmas miracle! Seriously glad he is safe
He's a bad liar. This PR stunt cost him his reputation. Even with all of his awards, he got greedy and wished to be a household name. I can't even look at him.
You're what harsh, r130.
Billy Bush was "reporting" about Engel's release and he said "...my friend, Richard Engel". Odd pairing.
Billy Bush probably barely knows him, but wants to feel he has credibility beyond asking "The Situation" how many times a week he tans.
Did anyone see Richard and his crew on Rock Center? It was a good interview and they are so lucky to be alive. Apparently more of the interview will air on the Today Show tomorrow morning.
r130, ... cite your fucking source.
R135, enhance your calm. I'm fairly sure that R130 is kidding.
Richard presented his hole for a Syrian uncut gang bang
I'm watching their Rock Center interview now. He seems very cozy with John Kooistra, who keeps his arm draped behind Richard and demonstrates how he touched Richard's thighs while they were blindfolded to reassure their safety.
And BTW, Samantha Guthrie or whatever her name is, is terrible. Rachel Maddow did a much better job when he visited her show.
It was cute when Maddow and Richard hugged and she told him to become a dentist.
Was Rachel's show the only MSNBC show he visited?
It was a good segment.
I think it was, r141, on the strength of them being friends prior to their careers.
They used to beard for each other.
Richard Engel Reveals a Diary of His Syrian Kidnapping—and How His Captors Terrorized Their Victims
[quote]We all lay down in the truck, hoping they’d shoot over us. My face was pressed against the floor. I tucked my hands under my cheek to get it off the cold, greasy metal. I drifted off to sleep. There’s peace in sleep. Aziz was lying on top of me. I could feel his heat. He was wearing cologne and it smelled good. In sleep I could escape.
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I sat behind Mustafa and next to my old friend Aziz Akyavas. Aziz, 57, is grizzled and handsome; he loves women and they love him back.
Aziz was lying on top of me. I could feel his heat. He was wearing cologne and it smelled good. In sleep I could escape.
“Open your eyes,” he said—dramatically, as if he were saying, “Open sesame.” I kept my eyes shut. If I opened them it would mean I had understood his command. He came up close, opening my eyelids with his fingers. “Hello there,” he said, his mouth an inch from my face. He still wore a ski mask, but I could see the crinkles around his eyes and the outline of his smiling lips. “You’re beautiful,” he said.
[italic]Who the fuck is this guy? Is he going to rape me?[/italic]
In my mind I made a meal. I made the meal I promised myself I’d make when I got out. I was chopping onions and peeling garlic. The garlic got under my fingernails. I wiped my forehead with the back of my hand so I wouldn’t get the garlic in my eyes. I smelled the garlic under my thumbnail as it passed my nose. I diced three kinds of mushrooms and scraped the mushrooms and the onions and the garlic into a pot. I diced three plum tomatoes and slid the tomatoes with a long knife into the pot with the simmering mushrooms and garlic and onions. I stirred and put my favorite wooden spoon with a small burn on its handle on the edge of the pot and took a deep sip of red wine. It was pretty in the light as I swirled it around. My girlfriend, [bold]Mary[/bold], set the table. For dessert I made ice cream.
In the bathroom, I was allowed to take off my blindfold and hang my clothing on a peg. The water was hot and there was soap and shampoo. Abu Jaafar stood next to me, watching from behind the anonymity of his ski mask. He handed me my clothes when I had finished.
“I am sorry,” Abu Jaafar said in English. He looked on as I dressed. Then he opened his arms to embrace me. He was crying. He squeezed me hard. “I am sorry,” he said into my ear, again in English.
Abu Jaafar was a contradictory man. He said he was 28 years old, had studied agricultural engineering, enjoyed theater, and fancied himself a poet.
Three days later I returned to New York. I chopped onions and peeled garlic, and the wooden spoon with the burn mark rested on the pot. At least three other foreign journalists remain missing in Syria.
Why would anyone think Richard Engel is gay is beyond me. He is cute, but straight!
While I think he is straight, I don't believe he has a girlfriend. How can he have a girlfriend in the US when he does not live here?
It's weird hearing such a serious journalist curse. Also strange: heterosexual pretense.
I've never heard any real evidence that he could be totally straight. His former marriage seemed like it had been a marriage of convenience with the wife living in the U.S. while he lived in the Mid-East.
He mentioned his girlfriend MARY. MARY is a female name. HE is straight! I keep telling you all the.