I learned something about the media today. During the interview with PM Maliki two days ago the Prime Minister’s press team also set up a couple of cameras and microphones. Our producer initially protested but was told that the Prime Minister’s people always record the interviews for their own archives. I asked the producer why this was such a big deal, and he replied, “just watch”.
The next morning the entire footage of the interview with the Fox News correspondent was run on Al-Iraqia TV news, one of Iraq’s national media outlets. The Iraqi media team was either from Al-Iraqia or the Prime Minister’s office gave them the footage. Either way, it was extremely underhanded.