How CNN Phoned Home

NBC's Tom Brokaw was envious as well as curious. "How did CNN manage to stay on the air?" he asked Bernard Shaw, the cable network's anchorman, in an unusual intermural interview. Shaw hesitated. "Let me take a pass on your question," he said. "The next time I see you I'll explain."

The professional jealousy was understandable. The vivid first-person accounts that Shaw and his colleagues transmitted during the initial bombing of the Iraqi capital -- while other reporters in Baghdad were cut off from the world -- amounted to the TV coup of the week. The feat was possible because CNN...

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