CBS’ Charlie Rose Nabs Interview with Syrian President Assad

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CBS newsman Charlie Rose snared an exclusive interview with beleaguered Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus on Sunday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The interview will reportedly air in various parts on CBS News programs on Monday, including “CBS This Morning,” where Rose is a co-host, and “The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.”

Rose’s timely sitdown with Assad — apparently the first, and possibly only interview Assad is granting to U.S. journalists — will air just when President Obama will be embarking on a media blitz in which he’ll tape interviews on Monday with at least six American TV networks — NBC, Fox News Channel, ABC, PBS, CNN and, yes, CBS.

Those interviews are expected to be aired in various parts on all the various platforms — on-line and on TV — managed by all six news organizations. The president will be making his case for U.S. military action in Syria following the apparent use of deadly nerve gas by the Assad regime against rebel strongholds in Damascus. The gas attack reportedly killed about 1,000 Syrians, according to the U.S. State Department.

Obama will address the nation on the subject of Syria in a televised speech Tuesday night.

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