Sunday, February 8

Too Late

CNN says it overplayed Dean's Iowa scream

NEW YORK -- It probably means little now to Howard Dean, but CNN's top executive believes his network overplayed the infamous clip of Dean's "scream" after the Iowa caucuses.

"It was a big story, but the challenge in a 24-hour news network is that you try to keep all of your different viewers throughout the day informed without overdoing it," said Princell Hair, CNN's general manager.

...the cable and broadcast news networks aired Dean's Iowa exclamation 633 times - and that doesn't include local news or talk shows - in the four days after it was made, according to the Hotline, a Washington-based newsletter.