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Report by Jack Dorsey - A long, frustrating trip to the Middle East But we owe an explanation here. It's and explanation being shared by many of the 700 journalists who joined the safari to Saudi Arabia, only to be upstaged by CNN and its nightly coverage. No doubt television has made you familiar with the Dhahran International Hotel - or at least the back side of it where the television networks broadcast where the Scud missiles are sighted and where the shelters are located. Maybe you've wondered about those blue balloonlike structures forming the background of Charles Jaco's nightly CNN telecasts. Most thought they were radar domes or complex satellite communication equipment. They are the tops of the sun-shelters and cabanas surrounding the hotel swimming pool. They have that lofty look about them only because the networks have constructed tree-house like broadcast platforms from plywood and 2-by-4s - each one successive one built higher than the first - and they sit atop a minuture golf course initially designed for the enjoyment of the guests.
Now go back and look at the Charles Jaco footage. Nothing to do with studio sets but actually the wooden open air platforms built at the Dhahran International Hotel.
For those of you who think that Charles Jaco pulled the plug on his broadcast for dramatic effect, let me point out that Peter Jennings on ABC was talking with Bill Redeker(who was in Dahran as well) at the same time. when HIS satellite feed was lost. The unspoken belief was that an Iraqi bomber had homed in on their signal.