The Channel 7 "I-Team" found that:
1. The toppling of the statue was not the "spontaneous" event it was reported to be,
2. The event was staged by a Psychological Operations unit of the U.S. Army,
3. Iraqis were told where to stand and what to do while the cameras rolled,
4. Only a dozen or so hand-picked Iraqis were present for the event, not thousands as virtually all news organizations reported,
5. The cordoned-off square was pretty much deserted apart from these few Iraqis, a large number of U.S. military, and many members of the press and camera crews (the photo showing the large view of the square was shown),
8. At the exact time of the toppling and filming of Iraqis celebrating their "liberation", only a few blocks away U.S. forces were engaged in a furious defensive gunbattle with Iraqi resistance fighters.
Sort of lets the wind out of some of the administration's propaganda sails. Of course, much of this was reported at the time in the foreign press and on Indymedia - including the photos showing the square pretty much empty and the adjoining streets blocked off. Nice to see that the truth of that propaganda stunt finally reaches home, although I somehow doubt the story will go much further than this single report on the local D.C. news hour.
The transcript of the "I-Team" news segment is at:
and the (complete) Army report is at: