Media Mayhem – ABC’s Martha Raddatz on the White House, Iraq, Cheng Guangcheng & Female Journalists

EPISODE SYNOPSIS: Having spent years as the White House and Senior Foreign Correspondent for ABC News, Martha Raddatz is one of the most recognizable faces in American journalism. She shared with us some of her esteemed insight via skype for today’s show. We cover the most recent developments in the Chinese dissident scandal, her take on the Iraq war–both there and here in the states–and what really goes into being assigned to cover the White House. GUEST BIO: Martha Raddatz was named Senior Foreign Affairs correspondent for ABC News in November 2008, after serving as White House correspondent during the last term of President George W. Bush’s administration. In addition to covering the day to day foreign and domestic stories from the White House, Ms. Raddatz has traveled from Haiti to Yemen to the Mideast and through south Asia. Raddatz traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan dozens of times, and to Iraq 21 times to cover the ongoing conflict. She was on the last convoy out of Iraq and she is the only television reporter allowed to cover a combat mission over Afghanistan in an F15 fighter jet, spending nearly 10 hours in the air on two separate missions. In the early hours of June 8, 2006, she was the first correspondent to report that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al Qaeda in Iraq, had been killed in a US air strike north of Baghdad. In 2011, Raddatz reported exclusive details on the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. That same year she had an exclusive interview on