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White House / Fleischer Resignation / Gergen Interview #728700

CNN Evening News for Monday, May 19, 2003
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(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.

(White House: John King) Announcement by White House press secretary Ari Fleischer† that he will leave for the private sector featured; scenes shown; details given of the controversies during his tenure. [FLEISCHER - says he is looking forward to relaxing.] [October 1, 2002, FLEISCHER - says Iraqi President Saddam Hussein could be eliminated "for the cost of one bullet."] [May 14, FLEISCHER - comments on the cooperation from Saudi Arabia.]

(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Live interview held with former presidential adviser Harvard University professor David Gergen about the White House press secretary. [GERGEN - says a press secretary serves two masters & served President Bush as a loyal, disciplined & imaginative secretary, but this White House has been extraordinarily closed to the media; states the real issue is do citizens have enough information; notes Fleischer will be in big demand on the lecture circuit.]

Woodruff, Judy;
King, John

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