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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.”

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