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his is an absolutely must see interview of Powell on Meet the Press with Tim Russert:
EMILY MILLER, STATE DEPARTMENT PRESS AIDE: You’re off.
SECRETARY POWELL: I am not off.
EMILY MILLER, PRESS AIDE: No. They can’t use it, they’re editing it.
SECRETARY POWELL: He’s still asking the questions.
EMILY MILLER, PRESS AIDE: He was not …
SECRETARY POWELL: Tim, I am sorry I lost you.
MR. RUSSERT: I am right here Mr. Secretary. I would hope they would put you back on camera. I don’t know who did that.
EMILY MILLER, PRESS AIDE: He was going to go for another five minutes.
SECRETARY POWELL: We’ve really scre…
MR. RUSSERT: I think that was one of your staff Mr. Secretary. I don’t think that’s appropriate.
SECRETARY POWELL: Emily, get out of the way. Bring the camera back please. (Camera returns to the interview subject) I think we’re back on Tim, go ahead with your last question.
The quasi-excuse was that the interview was going too long, but NBC rebutted the claim:
She said every effort was made to get NBC to finish up, but that other networks had booked satellite time for interviews with Powell.
The executive producer of Meet the Press, Betsy Fischer, said Powell was 45 minutes late for the interview and that “everyone’s satellite schedules already had to be rescheduled” anyway.
UPDATE: Lisa Rein has put up bittorrent links to all of the video files. Hurrah for the ingenuity of the Internet.