Grading Tenet's 60 Minutes performance.

Grading Tenet's 60 Minutes performance.

Grading Tenet's 60 Minutes performance.

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May 1 2007 5:43 PM

Was George Tenet's 60 Minutes Performance a Slam Dunk?

A Slatevideo news graph.

It took long enough, but former CIA Director George Tenet has finally decided to tell his side of the story. In both a new book and during an appearance on last Sunday's 60 Minutes, Tenet denied that his infamous "slam dunk" remark referred to the intelligence case for invading Iraq. (Tenet says it actually referred to beefing up public support for the war.)

Our partners at played an excerpt of Tenet's 60 Minutes appearance for a group of 311 survey respondents to see how they rated his believability. Click on the player below to watch the video of the respondents' real-time reactions.

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You can also click on the graph below, which offers further details of the MediaCurves survey.

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MediaCurves News Graphs are compiled by the market-research firm HCD Research. HCD surveys people over the Internet by allowing participants to rate a video as they watch it on their computers; HCD then displays the results on a graph as the video plays. In this case, HCD played a clip of the 60 Minutes program for a group of 311 Democrats, Republicans, and independents. Participants were asked to rate how believable they found George Tenet to be at any given moment on a sliding scale that ranges from 100 percent (totally believable) to -100 percent (totally unbelievable). Each colored graph represents the average of the responses from everyone of that party affiliation.

For more information about how HCD conducts its surveys, click here.

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