1The Iraqi reporter who threw his shoes at the US president
During a news conference at his surprise visit to Iraq, President Bush showed great reflexes by dodging a shoe thrown by an angry Iraqi journalist. In the middle of the news conference with Mr Maliki, Iraqi television journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi stood up and shouted "this is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, dog", before hurling a shoe at Mr Bush which narrowly missed him. Showing the soles of shoes to someone is a sign of contempt in Arab culture.
With his second shoe, which the president also managed to dodge, Mr Zaidi said: "This is for the widows and orphans and all those killed in Iraq."
Mr Zaidi, a correspondent for Cairo-based al-Baghdadiya TV, was then wrestled to the ground by security personnel and hauled away. Al-Baghdadiya's bureau chief told the Associated Press that he had no idea what prompted Mr Zaidi to attack President Bush, although reports say he was once kidnapped by the militia and was beaten up.
The shoe thrower was taken away by security guards and the news conference continued.
Correspondents called it a symbolic incident. Iraq's central criminal court sentenced Zaidi to three years in prison for assaulting a visiting head of state, but the judge later shortened his sentence to one year. Since his release in September 2009, Zaidi has put his journalistic career on hold and instead has engaged himself in humanitarian work by setting up the Al Zaidi Foundation, a human rights organization for Iraqi civilians affected by the war.
2The reporter who took her own life on a live TV news broadcast
Christine Chubbuck was the first and only TV news reporter to commit suicide during a live television broadcast. On July 15, 1974, eight minutes into the broadcast, the depressed reporter said “In keeping with Channel 40's policy of bringing you the latest in blood and guts, and in living color, you are going to see another first: an attempted suicide.” With that, Chubbuck drew up a revolver and shot herself in the head.
Three weeks before her suicide, she had asked the station's news director if she could do a news piece on suicide. After her suggestion was approved, she visited the local sheriff's department to discuss with an officer methods of suicide. In the interview, an officer told her one of the most efficient ways was to use a .38 caliber revolver with wadcutter target bullets, and to shoot oneself in the back of the head rather than in the temple.
3The reporter who live tweeted his heart attack
White House correspondent Tommy Christopher with Mediaite.com may have made Social Network history as being the first person ever to update his or her Twitter page while having a heart attack. This claim is unverified and likely inaccurate, but nonetheless, it takes a courageous reporter to inform the public even in personal trying times.
Approximately at 6pm on Sunday afternoon Christopher wrote, “I gotta be me. Livetweeting my heart attack. Beat that!” Presumably a few minutes later the paramedics arrived to tell Christopher he would be stable after his crisis. An hour later Christopher joked about needing to own a cardiac cat, referencing a viral video in which a cat is trying to revive his dead feline friend. He also updated his followers about the pain he was feeling, “even after the morphine.”
4The reporter who did an amazing backwards half court shot
A reporter was making a story in a basketball court and threw a ball. He managed to achieve a shot even better than the one from the story he was telling about.
5The reporter who stepped in to save a boy in Haiti
The earthquake in Haiti has had the world's attention locked on its tragic aspects, the relief efforts, and even controversy. In this CNN video footage, you can see one of their reporters, Anderson Cooper, stepping in to help a boy caught in the middle of a violent looting. Say what you will about the media and Haiti (or just AC and his Getty cameraman), but the video is really something.
6The 5 year-old sports reporter
Joey, a 5-year-old kid reporter for Blackhawks TV, may give professional reporters some competition covering the National Hockey League. Recently, he hit the beat looking for answers for Blackhawks TV on NHL.com . Joey asked some Blackhawks stars, like Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, who the biggest Turkey on the team was. He also asked Duncan Keith how much money the tooth fairy left him for the seven teeth he lost in one game last season.
“A dollar a tooth,” Keith said. The Blackhawks then got to turn the table on Joey and ask him some questions. Joey knew his Hawks jerseys, correctly identifying who wears which numbers. They also asked the 5-year-old how long he'd been a Blackhawks fan.“Six years,” Joey said.
7The sports reporter who tried the worst competitions such as the Sauna Championship
Rick Reilly, 52, has been voted National Sportswriter of the Year 11 times. His new book -- out May 4, 2010 -- is called "Sports From Hell: My Two-year Search for the World's Dumbest Competition." It's the account of his search for the dumbest sport in the world. He entered the Sauna World Championship competition in Finland in 2007. He said it was the longest 3:10 minutes of his life:
You'd be amazed at how much fun it is to watch a grown man come apart like a $9 sweater. A Belarusian started out sane, just sitting there. Every 30 seconds a pitiless stream of water came out from a ceiling shower in the center of the sauna and splashed on the molten-hot rocks, creating a 100% humidity level in the room that would melt gold. About two minutes in our man started rocking a little. At three his eyes started blinking oddly. At four he began twitching. At five his eyes got huge. At six he started swallowing each breath like a gulp of scorching soup. Then he started glancing around wildly, as if to say to the others, Are you mad? Don't you see what's happening? They've locked us in a Crock-Pot! He started wiping his eyes and mouth. He moved his hands out toward his thighs to rub them, then realized that's not allowed and did so anyway, crazily, as though he were covered in lice. The judges flagged him once, then twice. Then he lurched for the door, and he was out.
8The reporter who was dragged from the Air Force One when she was trying to give Obama a letter against gay marriage
Brenda Lee is a reporter for the Georgia Informer. She was removed from the press area near Air Force One on May 28, 2009, after attempting to give a letter to Barack Obama.
This reporter for a small newspaper was forcibly removed from a press area near Air Force One shortly before President Barack Obama arrived at Los Angeles International Airport. Airport security officers carried the woman away by the feet and arms as she protested her removal. She later identified herself as Brenda Lee, a writer for the Georgia Informer in Macon and said she has White House press credentials. Lee said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that she wanted to hand Obama a letter urging him "to take a stand for traditional marriage." She said she asked a Secret Service agent to give the president her letter, but he refused and referred her to a White House staffer. Lee said she refused to give the staffer the letter.