CBS News was making plans early today to air a Charlie Rose interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on today’s morning and evening newscasts, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.
"CBS has billed the interview as the first television questioning that Assad has been given in two years. Rose interviewed Assad in Damascus at the presidential palace on Sunday, the network said in a statement," THR reports. "Clips from the interview will first appear on CBS’s morning show on Monday. The interview will also be aired on ‘The Charlie Rose Show’ on PBS at 9 pm ET."
President Obama, meanwhile, was taping interviews today with CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, CNN and Fox News that are expected to be televised tonight.
"Obama is expected to make the case for why Congress should authorize the use of military force against Syria after the Assad regime’s alleged chemical weapons use on its civilians," THR reports.
The story adds: "Rose previewed the Assad interview on ‘Face the Nation’ on Sunday. Rose said that Assad denied ‘that he had anything to do with the attack.’"
Here’s the clip from "Face the Nation":