Did anybody see this? I was watching, and it was pretty surreal. I'd like to believe the press agent, that she just thought the interview was going on too long, and wanted to end it, but she clearly said that NBC was going to edit the broadcast. Sure, the interview was with the "liberal media" and the question was about his personal reputation and the speech at the UN, but I didn't really see anything overly damning in the questioning.
My favorite part of the interview was when Mr. Powell started to say something like "We've really screw..." I think he realized that NBC was going to have a lot of fun with the interview, and that it would get a lot more press than usual. Methinks Emiliy might be posting her resume online sometime soon. The website for the Today show has a link: http://msnbc.msn.com/id/3032633/?ta=y under the show highlights thing. Number 15, I think.
Powell scolds aide after interview interrupted ‘I don’t think that’s appropriate,’ host Tim Russert says The Associated Press Updated: 3:29 p.m. ET May 16, 2004WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Colin Powell chastised a press aide for trying to cut short the taping of a television interview Sunday.
Powell, speaking from a Dead Sea resort in Jordan, was listening to a final question from moderator Tim Russert, who was in the Washington studio of NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
In the broadcast, aired several hours after the interview was conducted, Powell abruptly disappears from view. Briefly seen are swaying palm trees and the water, backdrops for the interview.
Powell can be heard saying to the aide, “He’s still asking a question.” The secretary then told Russert, “Tim, I’m sorry I lost you.”
NBC identified the aide as Emily Miller, a deputy press secretary.
Russert responded: “I don’t know who did that. I think that was one of your staff, Mr. Secretary.” The host added: “I don’t think that’s appropriate.”
With the cameras still on the water, Powell snapped, “Emily get out of the way.” He then instructed the crew to “bring the camera back,” and told Russert to go ahead with the last question.
After Powell answered, Russert thanked the secretary for his “willingness to overrule his press aide’s attempt to abruptly cut off our discussion.”
Five interviews scheduled State Department spokeswoman Julie Reside said Powell had scheduled five interviews, one after another, and that NBC went over the agreed upon time limit. She said every effort was made to get NBC to finish up, but that other networks had booked satellite time for interviews with Powell.
The executive producer of “Meet the Press,” Betsy Fischer, said Powell was 45 minutes late for the interview and that “everyone’s satellite schedules already had to be rescheduled” anyway.
She said the exchange was not edited out because most taped interviews are not altered before airing.
Fischer said Miller called right after the taping to “express her displeasure” that the interview ran long. Fischer also said Powell called Russert a few hours later to apologize.
The State Department would not confirm either call or that Miller was the aide addressed by Powell.
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Oh my god! Powell's press aide must have lost her frickin mind!
It looked really bad. It looks like the White House's hired media guns don't like difficult questions. Maybe it's because they've been faced with an awful lot of them lately.
Everytime something like this happens, it just adds fuel to the fire that's burning down Bush's approval rating. (God only knows what's going to happen to it when smooth-talkin' George has to face Kerry in a televised debate!)
Powell's composure was admirable, though. I have to agree with Wordlife. He's the only member of W's inner circle who doesn't give me the heebie jeebies.
That was an amazing episode of Meet the Press. I thought the camera thing was NBC problem, then finding out it was Powell aid who made the camera to go turn away, surreal "I don’t think that’s appropriate, Sir I'd like to ask my final question"... I did get a subtle message (or maybe not so subtle) that the fix is in on the Iraqi elections. Russert asks what happens if one of America's favorites aren't elected "what would happen" and Powell is all like "It's not going to happen, trust me" and Russert all like "but what if". I thought Powell would just have a major over the top drama TV moment and scream "Because dammit we aren't going to allow it to happen you dumb ass" LoL
2nd part of the show with John McCain, what an amazing man. Republican, Democrat, Conservative, Liberal. It doesn't matter, he just seems like a man of honor, someone who's heart is in the right place & really there for not party or political lines(which there are people on both sides guilty of that). But he truly seems like someone who wants to do what's in the best interest of U.S & the world. Why the hell couldn't this man win the Republican race in 2000. He's better then both G Dub & I'll even say Kerry. This is a man of quality. I look at GW & think "Can't America do better then this?" then I look at McCain & it answers my question "Yes you guys can"... The look on McCain face when having to watch that guy saying he'll speak for alot of people "He's more offended by the reaction to the Iraqi photos then the actual photos" McCain seemed embarrassed that he's in the same profession as him
smark/net attack wienerville advisory stays at BLUE alert - Guarded (With Benoit & Eddie being World & WWE champions you'd expect all's be right but couldn't do it due to Trish/Y2J character switches & whats the deal with JBL PPV main event)- 5/6
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