Cut and uncut
A request has been directly made by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for CBS to air the entire “60 Minutes” interview that Mike Wallace conducted with the controversial head of state two weeks ago in Tehran.
CBS, which aired the edited version on Aug. 13, granted C-SPAN permission to air the entire 90-orso-minute segment on Aug. 14. Interestingly enough, C-SPAN will first air the edited “60 Minutes” version at 8 p.m., immediately followed by the entire interview.
“We agreed with CBS News that airing this interview [. . .] fits withCSPAN’s style of airing events asthey happened and without commercials,” said TerryMurphy,C-SPAN’s vice president of programming. “This is also a unique opportunity for viewers to see for themselvesthe editorial process at amajornetwork news organization, and find out which portions of an extended interview actually make it on air.”