McCain POW Footage Released
The French National Archive has released video footage of John McCain being interviewed as a Vietnam POW.
The Sky News report opens rather amusingly:
The video portrays the Republican as a hero but the message may be tarnished as he is filmed smoking a cigarette.
I suspect he’ll be forgiven.
He also describes being shot down over Hanoi in 1967, and parachuting into a lake. At times, when speaking of his family, McCain’s lower lip trembles and his voice breaks. “I was on a flight over the city (Hanoi) … and I was bombing and I was hit by a missile or anti-aircraft fire, I’m not sure which,” he said, adding that his plane “went straight down”. After landing in the lake, McCain said he “was picked up and taken to the hospital, where I almost died”.
This is rather odd:
French reporter Francois Chalais conducted the interview , which was first broadcast on French television program Panorama in January 1968.
The journalist’s widow, Mei Chen Chalais, is seeking payment from several television broadcasters in France and the US for the unauthorised use of the footage. Her lawyers have even written to the McCain campaign as its website features a few seconds of the footage, which Chalais said was done without her approval.
One would think the subject would have some rights to use the footage.