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Posts Tagged ‘Hamid Karzai’

Cablers (And NBC) Break Into Coverage For Obama/Karzai Presser

President Obama and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai are holding a joint news conference in Washington, drawing live coverage from the cable news channels, as well as NBC, which broke into regular programming shortly after 1:30 to cover the event.

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CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Interviews Hamid Karzai

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will interview with Afghan President Hamid Karzai this afternoon. Karzai is in the U.S. to attend the NATO Summit in Chicago.

Karzai met with President Obama yesterday (pictured). NATO countries are expected to sign off today on Obama’s exit strategy from Afghanistan, which calls for the withdrawal of U.S. troops by the end of 2014.

The interview is slated to air today in the 5pmET hour of “The Situation Room,” which Blitzer is anchoring from Chicago. It is Karzai’s only scheduled interview during his trip to the U.S.

‘My Wife Went To Afghanistan, And All I Got Was This Tie’

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That’s Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren buying a tie for her husband, John Coale in Kabul, with two pretty powerful shopping companions: Afghan president Hamid Karzai and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Van Susteren returned from her trip yesterday only to check her email this morning to find this picture sent by the photographer.

(Photo: Courtesy Hossein Fatemi, via GretaWire)

Zakaria on Viewers From Washington to Kabul

zakaria_2-19.jpgThe New York Observer’s Felix Gillette interviews Fareed Zakaria about his recent big “get” of Hamid Karzai and the global reach of his weekend CNN show, GPS.

“If Karzai wants to give an interview that’s going to be watched in Washington and in Kabul simultaneously, there aren’t that many forums that can do that,” Zakaria said. “And I’m willing to give him the space to explain his views and to elaborate on them.”

The interview aired on February 15.

Zakaria talked about the lack of appeal for international news on American TV. “I think American audiences have a certain fatigue of the sameness of coverage: a kind of unending incremental coverage of the rest of the world, where they don’t understand why this is important,” he said.

Click continued to see the interview from last weekend…

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McCain Campaign About-Face On Editorial Presence for Palin’s U.N. Visit

palin_9-23.jpgDeveloping: TVNewser has learned all the networks were prepared to ban the use of pictures and video from Gov. Sarah Palin‘s meetings at the UN today. The ban was in protest of the McCain campaign’s restriction on editorial presence.

We hear the networks had arranged for a pool camera to cover all the meetings, and at least three journalists were to be present as well (one print, one radio, one TV). Earlier today, the McCain campaign said it would allow just one editorial person inside. Later, the campaign limited it to a camera only.

Within the last few minutes, the campaign reversed course and will allow a CNN producer in to the meetings.

Gov. Palin is to meet today with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

> Update: Kate Snow reports on ABCNews.com about the back-and-forth, and how a CNN producer was eventually allowed access (CNN was pre-designated for pool duty).

> Update, update: Politico has the first pool report from CNN’s Peter Hamby. Total amount of access allowed? “Grand total of 29 seconds,” he writes.