Iraq Trip Footage Gets Lost on Way

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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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