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"Film vs. Digital" Transcript
Dirck Halstead:

That picture was found in March. Well by March, Monica Lewinsky had dropped out of public notice. And so, that picture was held from March through April, through May, through June, through July. Nobody knew I had that picture. And finally, Monica went to court in August. And, the night that Time published the magazine with that picture on the cover, they put out a press release and within 20 minutes of getting the press release, ABC had found the pool tape. Because once they knew when it was taken and where it was taken, then they--okay--"Let's have the pool tape from that night." So TV had it.

I am told that the lights burned late at the Associated Press, Reuters, AFP because on that stage next to me, physically next to me was an AP photographer, a Reuters photographer and an AFP photographer. These are very good photographers. And so, I have to imagine that if I got that picture, at least one of these other photographers got it too. But, no picture ever surfaced and the reason was because they were shooting digital and I was shooting film. And, right after leaving the event, wire service photographers, because they want to save their hard drive, will go through the images they don't think are relevant and trash them. And I'll be willing to bet you that at least one of those photographers had the same picture, but trashed it. And of course, that's one of the arguments for film versus digital. If it's on film and you save it, it's going to be there.

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