Behind The Interview: Patraeus - The News Junkie
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Monday, April 7, 2008

Behind The Interview: Patraeus

How ABC News Landed The Exclusive With General Patraeus:

The television networks have spent the last few weeks in pursuit of an interview with Gen. David H. Petraeus, the United States commander in Iraq, ahead of his testimony to Congress this week on progress in Iraq. So how did ABC land the exclusive story?

It could have been the same way the network got into North Korea and Cuba: the personal touch of David Westin, the president of ABC News.

For three days in late February, Mr. Westin visited the network’s Baghdad bureau. There, in a meeting with General Petraeus, Mr. Westin made an informal pitch for the interview.

First of all, look how big that computer is! That is a computer in the photo above, right? Secondly, I think it's laudable that the President of ABC News is not only chasing down stories and exclusives but he's visiting active war zones to do it. Cheers to you Mr. Westin.


hammer111 said...

ABC/Disney is obviously the most administration friendly of the Big Three networks (not counting Fox network and affiliates since they have no comparable nightly newscasts or national network newscast), and they know interviews given to Foxnews are correctly seen as propoganda, so no surprise here.

Editor: Shawn Wasson said...

I don't know about that... ABC's news broadcast is hosted by Charles Gibson who is clearly no fan of the Bush administration and is more obvious about it than either Brian Williams or Katie Couric. I think this was a coup by the president of ABC News who just wanted to squeeze out the exclusive from underneath Fox News.