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Barbara and Connie begin the interview discussing how Barbara became involved in reporting on the Lebanese Civil War. In particular, Barbara talks about what drew her to reporting on Bashir Jumayyil and the role he played in Lebanese Civil War. For the majority of the interview, Barbara discusses a number of the different experiences she had and people she met and worked with while covering the conflict. For example, Barbara talks about the importance of forming alliances with people to secure safe passage, conduct interviews, and complete stories. Some of the other topics Barbara and Connie discuss range from Bashir’s larger than life persona to Bashir’s belief that the Lebanese people should be loyal not to their particular sect (Druze, Christian, Muslim) but to Lebanon and Lebanese culture. Connie and Barbara end the interview talking about Bashir's legacy and the “holes” in the American public’s and policy-maker’s understanding of the Middle East.
Jumayyil, Bashīr, 1947-1982 Newman, Barbara, 1939- Presidents - Lebanon - Biography Women journalists - United States - Biography Television journalists - United States - Biography Lebanon - Politics and government - 1975-1990