The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Monday, May 17, 2004
Powell's minder pulls the plug on Russert gig
We have the WaPo story (May 17) from Howard Kurtz (run on C4) and the Meet the Press transcript.
Did Powell's press aide, the impeccably WASP-ly named Emily Miller, know what question genial Tim Russert was going to close with when she tried to end the interview?
Russert had clearly identified the speech in the first few words of his question; but the transcript is not clear whether Miller had started pulling the plug before hearing them (emphasis mine):
And Russert proceeds with the question.
Now, the interview was being taped  as part of a production-line, movie press junket sort of arrangement. Russert ran over time, it seems. But that doesn't explain the flunkey's reference to editing.
Russert's question was, of course, on the abortion that was Powell's February 5 2003 UN Security Council presentation on Iraqi WMD. Powell said he regretted the statement. Hardly his first admission on WMD intel, though.
Stand by for further particulars. We hope.
(Whoever codenamed the agent Curveball is surely in line for some sort of reward...)
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