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During the final Sunday before Chuck Todd takes over as moderator of NBC’s ”Meet the Press,” the network introduced its newest chapter, with Todd in the seat most recently filled by the ousted David Gregory.
Andrea Mitchell introduces Todd, and the segment airs clips of him being called upon for interviews over the years, followed by commentary from family members including his wife and his mother and colleagues Savannah Guthrie, Tom Brokaw, and Brian Williams.
This morning, a Malaysia Airlines jet flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was shot down along the Ukraine/Russia border.
Anderson Cooper quickly took over coverage for CNN’s John Berman, with CNN’s senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta contributing to the report. The network will reschedule “The Sixties” tonight for special coverage of the crash.
Fox News Channel national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin has been reporting on the matter from the Pentagon.
CBS News’ Major Garrett, Bob Orr, Jeff Pegues have reported from D.C. and the network is sending foreign correspondent Mark Phillips to Ukraine, Seth Doane to Malaysia, and foreign correspondent Elizabeth Palmer to Amsterdam.
ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, Jonathan Karl, and Jim Avila have each contributed to network coverage. Tonight’s ”World News” will air an extended broadcast tonight to cover the crash from 6:30-7:30 p.m. with David Muir anchoring.
Malaysia Airlines will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. ET.
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Nine months ago was the government shutdown. Sibley Memorial Hospital is now reporting live births are up about three per day. And NBC’s Brian Williams nailed it.
“How long until someone on television points out that during the shutdown the folks in Washington are apparently doing at home what Washington has been accused of doing to the American people,” Williams said. “We’re guessing someone will say that on television before long.”
Ratings are in for last night’s ABC News special “Hillary Clinton – Public and Private One on One with Diane Sawyer” and the network led CBS and NBC in viewers for the hour, not too surprisingly though as CBS aired back to back episodes of “Mike and Molly” while NBC aired “American Ninja Warrior.” The previous hour’s “Bachelorette: The Journey So Far” special on ABC garnered 4.0 million viewers and the 9 – 10 pm special with Clinton grew by 53% to 6.1 million viewers overall. It’s second half hour also grew – by 12% – from 5.7 million viewers in its first half to 6.4 million in the second.
Last month’s NBC News interview of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden by Brian Williams averaged 5.948 million total viewers and was ranked #1 among the broadcast networks during the 10 – 11 pm hour it aired in all 18-49 demo ratings (tied with CBS in W18-49) and M/A25-54. Sawyer’s sit down with Clinton placed forth in the same demo at 1.0 million in its respective time slot.
On top in ratings last night was FOX, which aired “24″ and averaged 6.333 million viewers in the 9 – 10 pm hour.
The headline in the original version of this post compared Clinton’s sit down with Sawyer to that of last week’s Williams exclusive with Snowden. The programs aired on different nights (Monday and Wednesday, respectively) and in back to back time slots (9 – 10 pm and 10 – 11 pm, respectively).
Airing Tuesday night at 10 on Fusion (available in DC via RCN and Dish) will be a special edition of “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos” featuring interviews with CIA Director John Brennan, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), CIA analysts, and key players in the case against former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, accused of releasing one of the largest leaks of classified information in modern American history.
Recruitment is a major focus of the interview, as the intelligence agency works to bring in younger individuals with a sound technological understanding. Ramos also sits down with Justin Jackson, former deputy director for the National Clandestine Service, and the CIA’s Center for Mission Diversity Director Carmen Middleton who explain “how hiring new faces with different opinions actually benefits the organization.”
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The final numbers are in for last night’s interview of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden by NBC News’ Brian Williams. Early numbers for “Inside The Mind of Edward Snowden” were released this morning and as of last hour, the final Nielsen report is out.
The NBC special averaged 5.948 million total viewers. It was ranked #1 among the broadcast networks during the hour in all 18-49 demo ratings (tied with CBS in W18-49) and M/A25-54. During the 10pm hour, CBS aired a repeat of “CSI.”
“Unfortunately, Brian Williams almost added to that last night, basically giving him an infomercial,” said Rep. King. “I really wish Brian Williams would have gone after him, and asked him if he had one piece of evidence that shows that the NSA has violated the law in any way.”
Click through for Rep. King’s “Morning Joe” segment. Read more
Last night during his first television interview with American media, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden sat down with NBC’s Brian Williams for a 10pm special and made his case for a plea bargain, as well as discussed being stranded in Russia after the US government revoked his passport.
Answering whether he considers himself a patriot, Snowden said that he does.
“Being a patriot doesn’t mean prioritizing service to government above all else. Being a patriot means knowing when to protect your country, knowing when to protect your Constitution, knowing when to protect your countrymen from the — the violations of an — and encroachments of adversaries. And those adversaries don’t have to be foreign countries. They can be bad policies. They can be officials who, you know, need a little bit more accountability. They can be mistakes of government and — and simple overreach and — and things that — that should never have been tried, or — or that went wrong.”
Even though Snowden feels what he did was right, he recognizes that sometimes doing right is not legal.
“Sometimes to do the right thing, you have to break a law…You have to make sure that what you’re risking, what you’re bringing onto yourself does not serve as a detriment to anyone else.”
For a full look at Williams’ sit down with Snowden – which took place last week at the Kempinsky Hotel in Moscow – click on over to NBC News.
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