XXXXX DRUDGE REPORT XXXXX FEB 02, 2006 09:16:03 ET XXXXX
ABCNEWS HOLDS TAPE OF ANCHOR BOMBED IN IRAQ
ABCNEWS executives have not viewed the video footage that was being taped when anchorman Bob Woodruff was injured by an explosive in Iraq, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.
Anchorman Woodruff and his cameraman Doug Hogt were in the hatch of a military vehicle taping footage last weekend when a bomb went off, seriously injuring both news veterans.
The war diary turned nightmare has remained in the original camera, a well-placed ABC source explained Thursday morning.
ABC executives made the controversial decision not to remove the tape from the camera.
"It is not first, second, or third thing on anyone's mind," said the insider.
The camera will be hand-carried and delivered to ABCNEWS headquarters in New York later on Thursday, from Washington, a source claims. "No one has seen what is on the tape. No one."
On whether ABCNEWS will air the footage: "It will be treated with the same standard and editorial judgment as any war footage."
Earlier this week, CNN's correspondent Christiane Amanpour complained the war was being sanitized by the government.
"The reason that the deaths and injuries of the American soldiers don't get as much publicity is because we are by and large banned from seeing it," Amanpour said.