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NBC Evening News for Saturday, Nov 29, 2003
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(Studio: John Seigenthaler) The killing of two Japanese diplomats near Tikrit, Iraq & the death of seven Spanish intelligence agents from a rocket-propelled grenade reported.

(Baghdad: James Hattori) The war of words over how what is going on in Iraq is being reported examined. [Coalition troops in Iraq commander Lt. Gen. Ricardo SANCHEZ, US Central Command commander Gen. John ABIZAID - say things have been getting better.] [Retired Army Col. Ken ALLARD†- says the war will be won in TV sets back home.] [After being shut down, Al-Arabiya Wehad YACOUB†- defends airing a Saddam Hussein piece.] [Secretary of Defense Donald RUMSFELD - says Al Jazeera & Al-Arabiya are cooperating with the insurgents.] [USC Annenberg School of Communication professor Martin KAPLAN†- says more media is needed.] [Al-Iraqiya Shameen RASSAM†- comments.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Report introduced.

(Crawford: David Gregory) The impact of President Bush's surprise visit with the US soldiers in Iraq examined; scenes shown of Bush serving Thanksgiving dinner. [On radio address, BUSH - says we will not forget their sacrifices.] [Senator Hillary CLINTON - calls the visit "terrific."] [Former White House spokesman Joe LOCKHART†- criticizes Bush.] [Political analyst Stuart ROTHENBERG†- comments on the president's image.]

(Studio: John Seigenthaler) Tomorrow's coverage on "Meet the Press" outlined.

Seigenthaler, John;
Hattori, James;
Gregory, David

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