Live From Baghdad
A dramatization of CNN's coverage of the Gulf War. In August 1990, CNN producer Robert Wiener, along with his producing partner and alter ego Ingrid Formanek, led their group of journalists and crew to the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, a few months before the U.N.-imposed deadline for the Iraqis to withdraw their presence from the neighboring, oil-rich nation of Kuwait. With the "Big Three" networks scrambling to get the story, CNN's Wiener put aside personal safety to cover the crisis as it escalated to war, contending with everything from antiquated transmission equipment to Iraqi attempts at manipulating and censoring his stories. Despite all obstacles, the CNN crew made history by becoming the only American network to broadcast continuous coverage live from Baghdad as the war erupted.