- The first Gulf War was a defining moment for CNN
- Live news coverage became what audiences demanded
- CNN was the only global 24-hour satellite news network at the time
(CNN)It was the last chance to get out. In the early hours of January 17, 1991 my CNN colleagues and I were huddled together in our ninth floor office in the Al Rasheed Hotel in Baghdad trying to decide whether to stay or go before the U.S. and their allies unleashed their firepower on Iraq.