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Iraq-US Relations / Rather Interview / Packer Interview #723125

CNN Evening News for Sunday, Mar 02, 2003
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(Studio: Fredricka Whitfield) Report introduced.

(No location given: Howard Kurtz) Taped discussion with CBS News anchor Dan Rather about his interview with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein presented. [RATHER – talks about his reaction to Saddam’s statement that Iraq won the Gulf War; comments on the role of the reporter; says he wanted the interview to be quality journalism so people would understand who Saddam is; comments on his conversation with Saddam after the cameras were off; recounts what Saddam wanted to know about Americans’ view of President Bush; talks about Iraqis’ control of the cameras and translations and conditions for the interview.]

(Studio: Fredricka Whitfield) Live interview held with "New York Times Magazine" George Packer† about what happens after a war if Saddam is removed from power. [In New York, PACKER – says no one knows what kind of political reality we’ll find; states the administration hasn’t made its plans clear; comments on the cultural & political complexities in Iraq; talks about Arab states calling for Saddam to step down and an Arab role in rebuilding.]

Whitfield, Fredricka;
Kurtz, Howard

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