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ABC Has ‘Exclusive’ Sochi Report … Two Days After it Aired on CBS

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With the Sochi Olympics set to start a week from today, ABC News has been touting an “exclusive investigation” into charges of corruption at the Games. For a report that aired on “World News” and “Nightline” Wednesday, Brian Ross interviewed a whistleblower who says there’s a contract on his life because he spoke out about the corruption.

Interesting? Yes. Exclusive? No. CBS News’ Mark Phillips interviewed the man, Valery Morozov, for a similar report that aired on “Evening News” Monday. Both reports featured b-roll of Morozov walking with his dog, and both reports were introduced — by Scott Pelley on CBS and by George Stephanopoulos on ABC — using the exact same phrase: “rampant corruption.”

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CNN, MSNBC Both Declare Interviews With Fort Lee Mayor ‘Exclusive’

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Both CNN and MSNBC declared their respective interviews with Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich “exclusive” Wednesday night.

The interviews with Sokolich, one of the political officials at the center of Chris Christie bridge scandal, aired three hours apart: he was interviewed by Wolf Blitzer on CNN during the 5pmET hour and by Chris Hayes on MSNBC during the 8pmET hour. Blitzer’s interview was labeled as “exclusive” in the lower-third banners and Hayes’ was labeled as the same on the top right of the screen.

MSNBC went on to tout Hayes’ interview throughout primetime. On her program, Rachel Maddow praised Hayes for the get, calling it “a blockbuster interview.”

Sokolich was also on CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report” last night.

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‘NBC Nightly News’ Airs ‘Exclusive’ Video That Also Ran on ‘ABC World News’

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After the terrorist attack on the mall in Nairobi, Kenya, photos and videos began streaming in documenting the aftermath. Give that every news organization on earth is scrambling for them, it isn’t surprising that there may be a few missteps along the way.

One particular video, which first aired on Kenyan state TV, showed a man leading a family that had been hiding in the mall to safety. On “NBC Nightly News” last night, Ron Allen billed it as an “NBC News Exclusive.”

The only problem: “ABC World News” ran the same video in its package about the mall attack at about the same time.

Watch both reports, after the jump.
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Tuff The Talk Of The Town On TV News

A heroic school clerk who talked down the shooter in a Georgia school earlier this week is making the TV rounds and talking to the President following her brave act.

During CNN “New Day’”s interview with President Obama this morning, the President revealed that he called Antoinette Tuff to thank her for her bravery.

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Tuff also appeared on “AC360″ last night in what was billed as an “exclusive,” although it is worth noting that she appeared on ABC’s “World News” Tuesday night and “Good Morning America” Wednesday morning, as well as to some local TV stations, so it was not the first interview with her.

It was the first interview with Tuff and the 911 operator she called during the incident, which may have been enough to qualify it as an “exclusive,” as loose as the term is used nowadays.

CNN Airs ‘Exclusive’ Report… That Also Ran On CBS And CNBC

American businessman Chip Starnes is a prisoner inside of his own factory. Starnes is being held by workers in the Chinese manufacturing plant that produces his medical products, as he negotiates exit packages as part of an effort to move some manufacturing to India.

It is a heck of a story, so it isn’t surprising that TV news crews would cover it. CNN’s “New Day” aired a segment just after 6:30 AM, billing it as an “exclusive.” The only problem was that both “CBS This Morning” and CNBC’s Squawk box” aired nearly identical segments. Bloomberg TV also spoke to Starnes, although their interview was over the phone.

Update: “Good Morning America” and “Today” also ran similar segments.

You can watch all of the reports, below.
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Cardinals On The Morning Shows, As The Pope Prepares To Depart The Vatican

With Pope Benedict XVI about to retire, the network morning shows all had interviews with Cardinals to preview the spectacle, and talk about next steps. “Today,” “Good Morning America” and ‘CBS This Morning” all spoke to Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, while “CBS This Morning” also spoke to Cardinal Francis George of Chicago.

Teasing the discussion with Dolan, “Today”‘s Savannah Guthrie said that she would be speaking to Dolan “live, exclusively,” though clearly only the first half of that statement was true. Dolan, funnily enough, began his interview with Guthrie by saying “good morning Savannah, and good morning America.”

More On CNBC’s Booking Practices

NPR’s David Folkenflik tackles CNBC’s aggressive booking practices, and reveals some terrific anecdotes along the way. In the TV news world, booking is the lifeblood, so it isn’t surprising that networks get aggressive.

“Bookers are a unique life form in the ecosystem of news gathering,” said former top CNBC executive Jonathan Wald, now the executive producer of Piers Morgan Tonight on CNN. “They are often the snipers who sit waiting for their prey, drinking black coffee, smoking cigarettes and striking at the ideal moment.”

Wald said that he has issued strict instructions that Morgan will not interview guests once they’ve appeared on certain other shows.

“You don’t want to follow,” Wald said, “and so you’ll do whatever you can to impress upon the guest … the need to be on your show or your network first.”

Folkenflik also talks to Bloomberg TV president Andrew Morse, who notes that while it pays to aggressive, his channel doesn’t try to dictate terms… though sometimes they like to poke fun at the competition:
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Exclusives That Aren’t: First Lady’s Dress Designer Jason Wu Makes TV Rounds

If you were watching NBC’s “Today” this morning around 8:10 AM, you may have seen designer Jason Wu talking about the inauguration dress he designed for First Lady Michelle Obama.

“And designer Jason Wu is with us exclusively, our belle of the ball,” Savannah Guthrie said introducing the man.

Wu, however, was not exclusive to “Today,” despite the hype. He would appear live in-studio with Gayle King on “CBS This Morning” just after 8:30 AM and was also in-studio on CNN at 9:40 AM.

Watch the interviews, after the jump.
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A ‘Good Samaritan Cop’ Exclusive… On Three Networks

Yesterday afternoon, CBS News announced that senior correspondent John Miller scored the “first television interview” with NYPD officer Lawrence DePrimo who was caught on camera giving a pair of boots to a homeless man. An excerpt ran on yesterday’s “CBS Evening News,” with the full report airing this morning.

One little problem: ABC’s Dan Harris also interviewed Officer DePrimo for “World News.” NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk spoke to the officer,  the Arizona tourist who took the photo and the sales clerk who sold the shoes, for a story that aired on yesterday’s “NBC Nightly News.” The officer and the tourist also appeared together this morning on “Today.”

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After the jump, the CBS story from this morning, with the mention of the “first TV interview” scrubbed:
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Big Bet on Lottery Exclusive, That Isn’t

With tonight’s Powerball jackpot now topping half billion dollars, the morning shows went all out with big money bookings today. “Good Morning America” brought in New York Lottery spokesgal Yooolaaaanda Vega while the “Today” show got an exclusive with the most recent big money winners: Brian and Mary Lohse who won the $202 million Powerball jackpot in September. “They are with us for their first national interview,” said Matt Lauer. Only it wasn’t, really. The Lohse’s sat down for an interview with “CBS This Morning” earlier in the week in a story that aired minutes before their live appearance on “Today.”

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