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The broadcast nets went in different directions for their lead stories. ABC's "Good Morning America" led with the extending of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. NBC's "Today" led with a Norah O'Donnell package President Bush's consulting a private attorney to possibly represent him in the CIA leak case. CBS' "Early Show" started off with gas prices and a package by Mark Phillips.
White House counterterrorism czar Fran Townsend appeared exclusively on ABC's "Good Morning America" for her first live television interview. After being introduced with a laudatory package, Townsend was quizzed by Diane Sawyer about why Attorney General John Ashcroft and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge did not deliver the same message in announcing new terror warnings last week.
"You have to remember when you talk about the confusion, while I think that's unfortunate, the Attorney General has a different mission than Secretary Ridge. The Attorney General did an excellent job trying to mobilize the public to assist law enforcement in catching bad guys before they commit a crime or a terrorist attack," Townsend said. "Secretary Ridge is responsible for announcing when and if we should take particular protective measures related to the threat level."
Sawyer responded by wondering whether it was still bad to give mixed messages. "Of course it is," Townsend said, "and its unfortunate. I tell you, we're a lot more organized than three years ago, and we constantly refine our organization... We are continuing to get better."
Townsend also presented an extremely bleak view of what Jose Padilla was capable of, saying "he was determined planning on assassinating women and children where they sleep and live and eat… I find the debate over how he is being treated fascinating, because frankly it's a real Washington kind of debate. We wouldn't have the luxury of this debate if he had been successful."
The President Consults a Private Attorney
In O'Donnell's package on NBC, she reports the President has consulted with a private attorney "about the possibily of representing him in a grand jury investigation into who leaked the name of a convert CIA operative." O'Donnell went on to report that there is no indication that the President is the target of the nvestigation, but the consultation does "indicate the Whtie House believes he may face questioning by federal prosecutors." CBS' covered the story in a voiceover.
ABC's Robin Roberts reported in a voice-over that "thousands of troops being deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan may have to stay longer than planned." Roberts also noted that the President plans to discuss the war when he meets with the Pope tomorrow in Rome.
"Picture of the Morning"
GMA's "Picture of the Morning" featured President Bush giving handshake "pounds" and high fives to Air Force cadets at their comencement ceremony yesterday in Colorado.
Kerry Day Preview
NBC's Carl Quintannilla previewed John Kerry's day on the campaign trail. Kerry will today visit the Harry S. Truman Library in Missouri to discuss adapting the military to deal with terrorism. Quintanillia reported that part of Kerry's plan is two add two divisions to the military to lessen their reliance on the National Guard and Reserves. The Bush campaigh has alread responded, added Quintanilla, calling into question Kerry's voting record on military issues.
Ed Gillespie Visits "Friends"