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May 16, 2004
By: Kevin Drum

POWELL ON MEET THE PRESS....Jeez, doesn't anyone watch Meet the Press anymore? Why do I have to go to Drudge to find out what happened during the taping of his interview with Colin Powell?

Powell was on a remote feed from Jordan and apparently the interview went over the agreed 10-minute limit. At about the 13-minute mark Emily Miller, one of Powell's aides, got pissed off and moved the camera off Powell and onto some palm trees. Here's the transcript:

Russert: Finally, Mr. Secretary, in February of 2003, you placed your enormous personal credibility before the United Nations and laid out a case against Saddam Hussein citing...

Emily: You're off.

Powell: I am not off.

Emily: No. They can't use it. They're editing it. They (unintelligible).

Powell: He's still asking me questions.

Emily: He was not...

Powell: Tim, I'm sorry, I lost you.

Russert: I'm right here, Mr. Secretary. I would hope they would put you back on camera. I don't know who did that.

Powell: We've really scre...

Russert: I think that was one of your staff, Mr. Secretary. I don't think that's appropriate.

Powell: Emily, get out of the way.

Emily: OK.

Powell: Bring the camera back, please. I think we're back on, Tim. Go ahead with your last question.

(I'm reproducing Drudge's transcript here, which is slightly different than the one at the Meet the Press site. Drudge's version sounds a little more accurate to me.)

Anyone want to take bets on just how long Emily Miller continues to have a job? Especially after this clip has been aired for the 100th time on CNN?

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