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*****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."

by Anonymousreply 15303/24/2013

So sad. I hope he is found and is safe. He's done some good reporting in very dangerous situations.

by Anonymousreply 112/17/2012

I also hope he is okay. I think he's the best mainstream media reporter out there.

by Anonymousreply 212/17/2012

OMG!

by Anonymousreply 312/17/2012

I hope he is found safe and returns to the US permanently. Too dangerous. Great reporter.

by Anonymousreply 512/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 612/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 712/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 812/17/2012

I totally agree, R7.

by Anonymousreply 912/17/2012

Noooo! He's such a hot piece.

Agree with R4. Maybe a trade can be arranged?

by Anonymousreply 1012/17/2012

Sadly, as he comes from a country that supports and commits torture, he is fair game to be tortured. That is how it goes.

by Anonymousreply 1112/17/2012

Bumping this thread to go above the duplicate thread.

Hope Engel is ok. Not looking good.

by Anonymousreply 1212/17/2012

Did another reporter die recently?

I'm having déjà vu. This is weird.

by Anonymousreply 1312/17/2012

Take Anderson instead, you brutes!

by Anonymousreply 1412/17/2012

Wow, I really like this guy.

by Anonymousreply 1512/17/2012

Very disturbing. He is an outstanding reporter.

by Anonymousreply 1612/17/2012

Dear God, why you'd you have to put in jeopardy such hot snatch?

by Anonymousreply 1812/17/2012

[quote]Did another reporter die recently?

Anthony Shadid of the NY Times

by Anonymousreply 1912/17/2012

Is he gay?

Wikipedia says he was married but divorced...

by Anonymousreply 2012/17/2012

Are the rights to his life story available?

by Anonymousreply 2112/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 2212/17/2012

[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.

by Anonymousreply 2312/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 2412/17/2012

Engel and his wife divorced because he chose foreign corresponding over his family.

by Anonymousreply 2512/17/2012

children?

by Anonymousreply 2612/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 2812/17/2012

Actually, R27, I think I heard something similar to what R25 reported regarding Engel's divorce.

by Anonymousreply 2912/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 3012/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 3112/17/2012

Rachel is going to be very upset.

by Anonymousreply 3212/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 3312/17/2012

He's a very handsome man. I hope he gets out soon.

by Anonymousreply 3412/17/2012

Richard's will be the face that launched a thousand drones.

by Anonymousreply 3512/17/2012

The USA Today article is almost six years old.

by Anonymousreply 3612/17/2012

In a related story, Anderson Cooper stubbed his toe getting out of the shower this morning.

by Anonymousreply 3712/17/2012

Oh, R36? The circumstances around his divorce CHANGED?

by Anonymousreply 3812/17/2012

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

by Anonymousreply 3912/17/2012

[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.

by Anonymousreply 4112/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 4212/17/2012

[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.

by Anonymousreply 4312/17/2012

Agree R39, I just hope they weren't trying to keep the story quiet because his life hung in the balance

by Anonymousreply 4412/17/2012

Crap.

He & Rachel were classmates in Stanford, IIRC. She will be very upset.

by Anonymousreply 4512/17/2012

Hopefully he's just off somewhere fucking Alex Marquardt for a long weekend.

by Anonymousreply 4612/17/2012

More hot Alex (ABC's man in Syria) with his beard...

by Anonymousreply 4712/17/2012

Meh to Marquardt, r46/47.

by Anonymousreply 4812/17/2012

How do those wanderlusty folks maintain relationships? Or did Engel have lots of one-night stands?

by Anonymousreply 4912/17/2012

He is rather short.

Perhaps he is not missing but merely overlooked.

by Anonymousreply 5012/17/2012

I'm very concerned about him.

by Anonymousreply 5112/17/2012

Oh dear - he loses points on the hotness meter for being short.

by Anonymousreply 5212/17/2012

Shit...he's often the best part of the NBC nightly news. (Which I watch nightly)

by Anonymousreply 5312/17/2012

I always confuse him with the skinny English Richard on MSNBC who is on Rachel's show a lot.

by Anonymousreply 5412/17/2012

Being ransomed I fear.

by Anonymousreply 5512/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 5612/17/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 5712/17/2012

I hope he makes it out okay. He's one of the best reporters out there, and gorgeous to boot.

by Anonymousreply 5812/17/2012

Please tell me our David Muir is safely in US soil!!!

by Anonymousreply 5912/18/2012

Diane - David's got his tongue up your ass even as we speak...

by Anonymousreply 6012/18/2012

Just as long as Rob Marciano is safe. God couldn't be that cruel to take someone so beautiful from this earth.

by Anonymousreply 6112/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 6212/18/2012

What happened?? No word yet?

by Anonymousreply 6312/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 6412/18/2012

Hurry home, Richard, our thoughts and hearts are with you.

by Anonymousreply 6512/18/2012

[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.

by Anonymousreply 6612/18/2012

As long as it isn't David Muir, who cares

by Anonymousreply 6712/18/2012

Agree, [R67]!

Syria can take all the White House press corps and all the network anchors, as long as we keep our David Muir!!!

by Anonymousreply 6812/18/2012

R68, it's only fair that you should know that R67 is David Muir.

by Anonymousreply 6912/18/2012

R19, Shadid, of the Times dies from an alergic attaick due to horses.

by Anonymousreply 7012/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 7112/18/2012

I hope he doesn't get manhandled like I did...unless he gives permission and establishes a safe word.

by Anonymousreply 7212/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 7312/18/2012

Good thing he's cute or none of you would care.

by Anonymousreply 7412/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 7512/18/2012

[quote]Shit. We need him. Sending love his way.

Me too,r71.

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.

by Anonymousreply 7612/18/2012

Those words might come back to haunt you, r75.

by Anonymousreply 7712/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 7812/18/2012

RIP Richard Engel

by Anonymousreply 7912/18/2012

For anyone who is a frequent visitor to gore sites you know the brutality of the fighting in Syria. It is dangerous.

by Anonymousreply 8012/18/2012

STFU, R79

Probably stuck somewhere at the border bet. Syria and Turkey.

by Anonymousreply 8112/18/2012

As opposed to the sight of 20 kids riddled with bullets, R80.

They're fine. In Turkey. You can all relax.

by Anonymousreply 8212/18/2012

He's fine!FINE! He sends his love!

by Anonymousreply 8412/18/2012

He's the son of Georgia Engel of The Mary Moore Show.

by Anonymousreply 8512/18/2012

20 dollars says Ann Curry has him shackled in her Westchester basement pumping him for info on why she got shitcanned.

by Anonymousreply 8612/18/2012

He's been freed and is OK!

by Anonymousreply 8912/18/2012

That's great news!

by Anonymousreply 9012/18/2012

Great News!

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.

by Anonymousreply 9112/18/2012

was hoping for something a little more dramatic

by Anonymousreply 9212/18/2012

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?

by Anonymousreply 9312/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 9412/18/2012

You should check out that Breitbart site. Some of the most pathetic comments I've ever seen. People really are depressingly stupid.

by Anonymousreply 9512/18/2012

He's free.

by Anonymousreply 9612/18/2012

Now that he's okay...

Any shirtless pics?

by Anonymousreply 9712/18/2012

He looks cute with some scruff on his face!

by Anonymousreply 9812/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 9912/18/2012

That's great news that he has been freed and is OK!

by Anonymousreply 10012/18/2012

He is short with a big ass. I think they probably enjoyed using him while captive.

by Anonymousreply 10112/18/2012

I wonder how many men he's slept with? He has a boy in every port, I imagine.

by Anonymousreply 10212/18/2012

[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.

Freak.

by Anonymousreply 10312/18/2012

He's been released and is unharmed. He was kidnapped.

by Anonymousreply 10412/18/2012

Why the new blackout? Was this related to protecting him?

by Anonymousreply 10512/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 10612/18/2012

I'm so relieved my future heterosexual husband has been released safe and sound.

by Anonymousreply 10712/18/2012

r103 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.

by Anonymousreply 10812/18/2012

R108, what about Daniel Pearl?

I'm relieved he and his colleague are free.

by Anonymousreply 10912/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 11012/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 11112/18/2012

He's been very lucky considering how he's repeatedly put himself in OTT dangerous situations.

by Anonymousreply 11212/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 11312/18/2012

Only a dummy couldn't see this was a PR stunt. Get your head out of your ass! So gullible.

by Anonymousreply 11412/18/2012

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?

by Anonymousreply 11512/18/2012

I saw him and the other two guys interviewed earlier today and he looked HOT with his 5 day beard. Yum.

by Anonymousreply 11612/18/2012

He's 5' 4", but still hot.

by Anonymousreply 11712/18/2012

Picture with five day beard, please.

by Anonymousreply 11812/18/2012

I want him very deeply inside me.

And he can bring along one of his middleeastern friends, too. MMmm.....big Arab dick!

by Anonymousreply 11912/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 12012/18/2012

R177, Yes, very short, like most porn stars.

by Anonymousreply 12112/18/2012

Any photos of his feets?

by Anonymousreply 12212/18/2012

Gayface

by Anonymousreply 12312/18/2012

He has a hot ass, and he can live forever.

by Anonymousreply 12412/18/2012

He's been released. He's safe. It's over.

by Anonymousreply 12512/18/2012

No closing this thread, the man is HOT!

by Anonymousreply 12612/18/2012

Fall on your knees R126. But don't hurt yourself. I mean, ya know, at your age...

by Anonymousreply 12712/18/2012

This guy is definitely hot. I still wonder what he does for sex and he is constantly travelling for his job.

by Anonymousreply 12812/18/2012

A Christmas miracle! Seriously glad he is safe

by Anonymousreply 12912/18/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 13012/19/2012

You're what harsh, r130.

by Anonymousreply 13112/19/2012

Billy Bush was "reporting" about Engel's release and he said "...my friend, Richard Engel". Odd pairing.

by Anonymousreply 13212/19/2012

Billy Bush probably barely knows him, but wants to feel he has credibility beyond asking "The Situation" how many times a week he tans.

by Anonymousreply 13312/19/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 13412/21/2012

r130, ... cite your fucking source.

by Anonymousreply 13512/21/2012

Richard presented his hole for a Syrian uncut gang bang

by Anonymousreply 13712/21/2012

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.

by Anonymousreply 13812/22/2012

And BTW, Samantha Guthrie or whatever her name is, is terrible. Rachel Maddow did a much better job when he visited her show.

by Anonymousreply 13912/22/2012

It was cute when Maddow and Richard hugged and she told him to become a dentist.

by Anonymousreply 14012/22/2012

Was Rachel's show the only MSNBC show he visited?

It was a good segment.

by Anonymousreply 14112/22/2012

I think it was, r141, on the strength of them being friends prior to their careers.

by Anonymousreply 14212/23/2012

They used to beard for each other.

by Anonymousreply 14312/23/2012

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.

Direct quote!

by Anonymousreply 14403/07/2013

Interesting quote, R144.

by Anonymousreply 14503/07/2013

A hoax. All of it.

by Anonymousreply 14603/07/2013

r146 = Rand Paul

by Anonymousreply 14703/08/2013

Richard Engel is sex on a stick!!!!

by Anonymousreply 14803/08/2013

The whole story is up on VF now!! (My) Choice selections:

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.

by Anonymousreply 14903/24/2013

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?

by Anonymousreply 15003/24/2013

It's weird hearing such a serious journalist curse. Also strange: heterosexual pretense.

by Anonymousreply 15103/24/2013

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.

by Anonymousreply 15203/24/2013

He mentioned his girlfriend MARY. MARY is a female name. HE is straight! I keep telling you all the.

by Anonymousreply 15303/24/2013
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