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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Pay attention to this.

Earlier today, Amblog noticed an odd question from an interview by Andrea Mitchell to James Risen in an interview.

Mitchell: Do you have any information about reporters being swept up in this net?

Risen: No, I don't. It's not clear to me. That's one of the questions we'll have to look into the future. Were there abuses of this program or not? I don't know the answer to that

Mitchell: You don't have any information, for instance, that a very prominent journalist, Christiane Amanpour, might have been eavesdropped upon?

Risen: No, no I hadn't heard that.

Later, Atrios is saying that the Amanpour question and answer have been taken out of the "complete transcript of the interview."

I don't know if you believe me, but I looked it up earlier after I saw the Amblog post, to see the context, and it was there. And now it's not!!!!!!!

We're learning something about the NSA program here, although I'm not quite sure what.

Later: NBC's explanation?
Unfortunately this transcript was released prematurely. It was a topic on which we had not completed our reporting, and it was not broadcast on 'NBC Nightly News' nor on any other NBC News program. We removed that section of the transcript so that we may further continue our inquiry.

Okay, so how does whether or not you've completed your reporting have anything to do with publishing a simple question and an answer. Is this some scoop that Andrea Mitchell let slip? Or just a poor excuse to retract something without any backing? Is his answer somehow invalid because you haven't completed your reporting? Or did you get one of those Keller type calls from the Whitehouse?

This is no answer at all.

4 Comments:

  • The plot thickens as we creep closer and closer to a fascist state.

    By Blogger liberal_dem, at 6:27 PM  

  • Christiane Amanpour, I'm told by confidential administration officals, is a terrorist operative residing from time-to-time in the US. Thus, it's ok, you see.

    Next question.

    By Blogger Rex Kramer, Danger Seeker, at 7:05 PM  

  • I wonder why no spying on Brit Hume?

    By Blogger GraemeAnfinson, at 3:50 AM  

  • Quick notes:

    Of the mainstream American journalists, I would rate Amanpour as one of the most likely to have vast and wide contacts with the Arab world. I follwed her career for years, back when she was "out in the field" more as a war correspondent. She would go places no one else would go, and that always impressed the hell out of me.

    Also, I didn't know this, her husband is James Rubin, former Clinton official, and adviser to the Kerry campaign. So, if the NSA was tapping her phone with the approval of the Bush admin, they most certainly also tapped a call or two from her husband to the Kerry campaign whether or not that made it out of the NSA.

    No proof at this point that she was tapped, just an odd stray comment in an interview, but still very strange and worth watching.

    Mike

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 7:57 AM  

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