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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:31 PM
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U.S. networks face quandary over Saddam execution
As the world awaited word of Saddam Hussein's fate, U.S. television news executives faced a quandary over whether to break a taboo against airing footage of executions should video of his hanging become available.

As of Friday evening, two major broadcast networks -- ABC and NBC -- as well as cable news outlets CNN and Fox News Channel -- said they would wait to see what images of Saddam's execution, if any, surface before deciding whether and how to use them.

All said they would break into regular programming with special coverage when they confirmed the former Iraqi leader was dead, although none contemplated any live pictures from the hanging.

CBS appeared to be the most reluctant of the networks to take the unprecedented step of broadcasting video footage of an execution on television in the United States, a country where 53 people were put to death in 2006 alone.

CBS News Vice President Paul Friedman all but ruled out showing footage of Saddam's hanging, saying, "I personally believe it is beyond the pale to show executions."

http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/N29272060.htm
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Erika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:36 PM
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1. Faux News has been showing horrible pics of dead bodies
all night. Now it's different?
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