Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's interview with "60 Minutes" that is scheduled to air Sunday appears to violate a central bank practice that limits public comments by members of the Federal Open Market Committee the week before and after a meeting. It also marks the first television interview of a Fed chairman in 20 years. "The chairman thought this was a useful opportunity to communicate with a broad audience during an extremely stressful time," Fed spokeswoman Michelle Smith said.

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