Anthony Bourdain Chronicles His Game-Changing Trip To Libya


A few days ago, Anthony Bourdain tweeted that he’d be traveling to a mysterious location to shoot his new CNN show, Parts Unknown. This morning, he finally revealed his location: Libya. (Gratuitous Self-Celebratory Moment: We called it!)

This is a huge deal for journalism, since Bourdain’s show may contain the first coverage of the Libyan Civil War that actually does things like focus on the lives of everyday citizens affected by the overthrow of a megalomaniacal dictator, the collapse of the Arab Spring’s idealism, and the looming threat of fundamentalism-driven militias, which, really, the 24-hour news cycle is not such a big fan of discussing. (Psshhh.)

In fact, Bourdain’s show could utilize a rarely-used journalistic technique called “nuance”, and might not even contain the following words:

  • Hillary Clinton
  • Conspiracy
  • Benghazi Hearings
  • The United States Congress (such a gross word)
  • Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016
  • Partisanship
  • Black Flower In The White House (…actually, if Bourdain found a copy of that song, we wouldn’t mind.)

Whoa! We just realized that if Bourdain avoided saying all of those words, he could file a story on Libya that wasn’t centered on American political theater! That would be so weird.

In any case, Bourdain’s been tweeting photos from his travels around the most war-torn areas of Libya, some of which can be seen below. Congratulations, Bourdain. You’ve punched your journalist V-Card. (And you look the part, too!)




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