Which TV news star landed this year’s most coveted ”get,” the first TV interview with rescued POW Jessica Lynch? Depends on which network you ask. ABC announced Monday that Diane Sawyer will talk to Lynch and her family in a taped interview that will air on ”Primetime” on Nov. 11. But NBC is claiming bragging rights for the first live interview, even though it’s scheduled for the following day, when Lynch talks to Katie Couric on ”Today.” Even CBS is getting into the game, landing the first late-night interview with the Iraq war heroine on Nov. 14, when she’ll be a guest on ”Late Show with David Letterman.”
Lynch, who has been all but silent since her rescue from an Iraqi hospital in April, will be making the rounds to promote the November publishing of ”I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story,” the authorized biography for which she and author Rick Bragg received advances totaling $1 million from Knopf. The story of Lynch’s captivity has been shrouded in controversy from the beginning, especially after reports that, after injuries she suffered in the ambush where she was captured, she couldn’t remember what had happened to her. Guess Knopf and her TV interrogators believe she has recovered her memory.