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CBS Mistakenly Sends Bombing Report

Don't know if this is amusing or frightening... ;-)



CBS Mistakenly Sends Bombing Report 

 NEW YORK (AP) -- A CBS practice news report about a U.S. bombing of
 Iraq was inadvertently transmitted to television stations by satellite. To the best
 of the network's knowledge -- and to its relief -- the rehearsal did not
 air on any stations. 

 A technician at a West Virginia station was stunned Friday afternoon when he
 was checking satellite transmissions and found CBS anchor Dan Rather
 describing the aircraft used in a bombing run on Baghdad. 

 ``It looked like a real broadcast of what was going on,'' said Bill McClure,
 master control operator at WTAP-TV in Parkersburg, W.Va., an NBC affiliate.

 ``What is usually a quiet room in the back of our department became very
 packed,'' he said. 

 WTAP officials hurriedly called The Associated Press to check if Iraq had
 been attacked. It hadn't. 

 Rather and CBS News correspondent David Martin in Washington were
 practicing in case U.S.-led forces bomb Iraq and the network is called upon to
 deliver a special report, spokeswoman Kerri Weitzberg said. 

 The network, which also wanted to test new graphics that would be used to
 cover the story, planned to use a fiber optic link that would ensure the test
 report would only be seen in New York and Washington newsrooms, she said.

 But for 20 minutes, it was mistakenly sent to a satellite where it could be
 picked up by anybody with special receiving equipment -- usually only at
 television stations. 

 CBS received ``a handful'' of phone calls from people confused by the
  transmission, she said. 

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