I gave a speech at the University of South Carolina. This is what the student newspaper said:
Conflict correspondent David Axe left a full room of journalism students and faculty staff stunned after saying if he had God’s power then he would not stop wars — simply because he likes covering them.
“War is dramatic. The stakes are high,” he said. “I would be terrified if there were no more wars.”
Axe, a former Free Times staff writer, came to USC Tuesday for its I-Comm week to discuss war, self-censorship and selling war. Traveling quite a distance for his passion, Axe has reported on conflict zones in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Chad, Congo, Lebanon and East Timor for outlets including Wired, C-SPAN and Voice of America.
He talked about who can be blamed for exaggerating today’s wars in the public eye. He invited the audience to jump at him with questions at anytime, which is exactly what third-year broadcast journalism student Amit Kumar did when Axe made his controversial remark.
“There are a lot of other things wrong besides war. There are a lot things wrong with government in general,” Kumar said. “If you really had the option — yes or no — to end war right at this moment and you just said you wouldn’t, then I think you’re to blame.”
Echoes of my infamous “screw Darfur” comment from a couple years back.