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Rather's Saddam interview: propaganda?(9 posts)

Rather's Saddam interview: propaganda?Captain Morgan
Feb 27, 2003 6:37 AM
I am sure most of us watched the interview last night. I thought Dan let Saddam off the hook.

It was apparent that Saddam is a very intelligent man, I'll give him that. He used this interview as a way to appeal to American mainstream, and I thought he was pretty effective, but only because Dan Rather let him. However, I thought Saddam lost some credibility when he tried to contend that Iraq did not lose the Gulf War and that he lost a very small portion of his military.

Dan Rather focused his interview on the weapons process, but did not seem to broach the subject of his cruel reputation. There were no questions about the killing of his own people, his prior USE of chemical weapons, the killing of his sons-in-law, etc. But obviously that's why he had Dan Rather do an interview and not O'Reilly.
Give Saddam credit for PR savvy.OldEdScott
Feb 27, 2003 7:57 AM
That was a hell of an effective performance. And the idea of challenging Bush to a debate was masterful.

Doesn't mean he's a good guy. Hitler was pretty good at PR too.
re: Rather's Saddam interview: propaganda?Alpedhuez55
Feb 27, 2003 8:12 AM
Who is served by this type of interview other than Saddam? Either Rather went in with strict limits on what he could ask or did not want to ask any tough questions. Even if the questions were edited out before he got the tape, at least he could have said he asked them. THey stated the content was in tact after the editing.

He does not come across as looking like a courageous journalist behind enemy lines, he comes across as a man trying to boost his sagging ratings. He asked soft ball questions to a big name guest. He is turning to Larry King!!!

Mike Y.
what should have been askedDougSloan
Feb 27, 2003 8:22 AM
1. It's been reported that you are a cold blooded murderer of your own family and people. How do you respond to those allegations?

2. You must realize that you have no hope of winning a war with the United States and it's allies. Why would you not surrender and save your people's lives instead?

3. Why did you order the burning of oil wells during the Gulf War, when you knew it would cause massive pollution and cause people to risk their lives putting out the fires and capping the wells?

4. In hindsight, would you have invaded Kuwait again knowing the world's committment and ability to stop you?

5. Have you killed anyone personally?

6. Have you offered any type of support to terrorists? Do you support terrorism against the United States and it's allies?

7. If you possessed nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons, would you use them to defend your country?

8. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Any others?

Doug
what should have been askedryder1
Feb 27, 2003 8:31 AM
We heard about the play you had written for Iraqi theater. Are you currently working on any other scripts? Do you think writing and theater could turn into a full time occupation and maybe give up the brutal dictator thing?
LOL. I like that. nmDougSloan
Feb 27, 2003 8:57 AM
ps: we know he'd be welcomed in Hollywood nmDougSloan
Feb 27, 2003 8:58 AM
Rather was massaging Saddam's shouldersLeroy
Mar 1, 2003 1:15 PM
through the whole interview: Bernard on Don Imus' wfan radio show. That whole thing was disgusting. Rather is a disgrace.
Next, Saddam to guest on "I'm a Celebrity, get me out of here!"Me Dot Org
Feb 27, 2003 9:39 AM
Show to be taped around March 15th...