How the NIE “Changed Everything” For CNN

By Chris Ariens 

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Variety’s Brian Lowry reports this weekend’s CNN special on Iran’s nuclear ambitions anchored by Campbell Brown is replacing another documentary which had to be shelved because of this week’s NIE report. Lowry reports:

The two-hour spec, which was slated for Dec. 12 under the “CNN Presents” banner, was “set partially in the future,” featuring a what-if scenario as former government officials — playing fictional cabinet members — debate how to deal with the Iranian threat.

That special was “based on a different set of rules and a different set of conditions,” said CNN veep-senior exec producer Mark Nelson, noting that the surprising NIE report “changed everything.”

Portions of “We Were Warned” correspondent Frank Sesno‘s original reporting will be incorporated into [this weekend’s special.]