Iraq Trip Footage Gets Lost on Way

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Some of the most important video of the Obama presidency went missing yesterday.

When President Obama made his surprise visit to Iraq, a CBS News crew acting as the pool for the networks shot footage of him meeting with U.S. troops. A CBS executive said Pentagon officials required the network to hand the tape to a military courier, who was to ferry it to a CBS representative outside the secure military zone so it could be transmitted to all the networks.

Hours went by; no tape. No one seems to know what happened. There was talk of sandstorms and a bungled handoff. The networks had to make do with Defense Department footage of less-than-top quality. The tape was finally located and belatedly handed off to CBS -- minutes before the 6:30 newscasts.

-- Howard Kurtz

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