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A ratings coup.

Byline: The Register-Guard

SADDAM Hussein's interview with Dan Rather of CBS News brought forth the Iraqi dictator's surprising suggestion that he and President Bush hold a debate on live television. Much that was said during the interview could not be believed, but least credible of all was Rather's statement that he wouldn't act as moderator because he had other things to do.

Like what, Mardi Gras? If Rather thought there was a ghost of a chance that Saddam and Bush would debate, the last thing he'd do is stand aside and let Peter Jennings or Tom Brokaw take the spotlight.

Of course, Rather knew a debate would never happen. Diplomacy can't be conducted on live television. Still, the world was at least momentarily tantalized by the surreal prospect of a pre-war debate. And Rather would have jumped at the chance to beat Joe Millionaire in the ratings.
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Title Annotation:Editorials
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Mar 1, 2003
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