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CNN Correspondent Reports For Al Jazeera, Because AJ Reporters Aren’t Allowed To

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You don’t see this very often. A CNN correspondent reported for Al Jazeera in Cairo earlier this week, because Al Jazeera reporters can’t. Ian Lee, who was in Kiev earlier this month for CNN (above, right), is in Cairo this week (above, left) covering the trial of Peter Greste, who, along with other Al Jazeera journalists, is accused of endangering national security and aiding a terrorist organization.

“Let’s go to Ian Lee outside the courthouse in Cairo. He’s a correspondent with CNN and reporting on our behalf because Al Jazeera journalists are banned from reporting from Egypt,” said the Al Jazeera anchor.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t much to report as the trial was postponed. Greste along with Mohamed Fahmy, and Baher Mohamed, who have been held in a Cairo for 88 days, will be back in court Monday.

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Richard Engel and NBC Crew Temporarily Detained in Crimea

While traveling to cover the referendum vote on whether Crimea should secede from Ukraine and join Russia, NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and his crew were temporarily detained.

 

Engel is of course no stranger to danger abroad: he and his team were held captive in Syria back in 2012. Engel’s report on trying to avoid military checkpoints after the jump.

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Geraldo Rivera Criticizes Media for Covering Ukraine More Than Venezuela

Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera told Larry King he blames the media for overcovering Ukraine when violence in Venezuela is much more relevant to U.S. interests.

“I don’t understand it,” Rivera said on King’s Ora.tv show “Politicking,” highlighting the fact that millions of Americans are Venezuelan.

“A lot of it is the media’s fault,” he added, saying the media is all over tumult across the globe, but doesn’t focus on violence “right next store.”

CNN’s Ivan Watson Caught in Tear Gas at Istanbul Protest

CNN senior international correspondent Ivan Watson and his crew were caught in a cloud of tear gas between police and protestors while covering the protests in Istanbul.

“OK, they’re throwing rocks. We’re in between the police and the demonstrators, which you don’t want,” Watson can be heard saying in the video. “There’s tear gas over there …. oh God, the tear gas is pretty bad now.” Seconds later, Watson can be heard coughing heavily, returning to the report several minutes later wearing a gas mask. Watch:

Larry King: ‘I Don’t Work for RT’

larrykingFollowing RT anchor Liz Wahl quitting on-air Wednesday afternoon, Larry King has been getting some heat for his show that airs on RT America.

King tells The Daily Beast about his ties to RT:

“I don’t work for RT,” said the 81-year-old King, whose podcasts, Larry King Now and Politicking, are licensed for a fee to RT America by New York-based Ora TV, in which King has an equity stake. “It’s a deal made between the companies…They just license our shows.”

He also vowed to stop airing on RT if any of his interviews are altered:

“If they took something out, I would never do it,” he insisted. “It would be bad if they tried to edit out things. I wouldn’t put up with it…As long as they don’t, as long as they’re carrying stuff critical of them, I’ve got no problem with it.” Attempting to distance himself, he added: “You may not like what Russia’s doing now, but I’m really a party removed.”

CNN International Reporter Told to Stop Broadcasting from Crimea Hotel

CorenSpeaking to Anderson Cooper via phone last night, CNN International reporter Anna Coren detailed how she was told to stop broadcasting from her hotel in Crimea.

“The management of our hotel that we’ve been staying at for over a week told us that we’d basically have to shut down our operation or we’d be kicked out,” Coren said, adding the hotel would not give them a reason when asked.

“We get the feeling, a very strong feeling, that they are getting pressure,” Coren added, suggesting local militia or the new pro-Russian Crimean government might be pressuring business’ to obstruct Western reporters who aren’t just relaying a pro- Russian government message.

Meanwhile, Fox News’ Shepard Smith continued his reporting from Kiev, interviewing State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki yesterday.

“Absolutely…we sent a strong message today,” Psaki told Smith about getting the European Union on board with the U.S. threat of sanctions against Russia if its military intervention in Crimea continues.

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Liz Wahl Would Definitely Join CNN and ‘Maybe’ Join MSNBC

CavutoWahlLiz Wahl hasn’t gotten any job offers as of yet. The former RT anchor, who quit on air Wednesday afternoon, told Neil Cavuto she’s not sure what she’ll do next.

Cavuto: “Would you go to MSNBC?”
Wahl: “Maybe.”
Cavuto: “Would you go to CNN?”
Wahl: “Yes.”
Cavuto: “Would you go to Fox?”
Wahl: “Oh my gosh, well, we’ll see what offers stand.”

“I didn’t realize how much of [Russian president Vladimir Putin's] views would actually be pushed in the newscast,” the former Fox News intern said about her 2 and a half years at the network. She says RT has “a fringe following.”

“People actually believe what is being said on air here,” said Wahl, who will be back in front of the camera this Sunday on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”

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Christiane Amanpour to Interview Venezuelan President

AmanpourBeginningAfter weeks of threatening to revoke CNN’s press credentials and ability to report from Venezuela, the country’s president, Nicolas Maduro has instead agreed to sit down for an interview with the network. CNN’s Christiane Amanpour will speak with the beleaguered president today. The interview starts airing today on CNN’s networks and platforms, and will air in full on CNN International’s “Amanpour” tomorrow at 2pmET and 5pmET.

Last month, Maduro threatened to  pull the plug on CNN if it did not “rectify” its coverage of anti-government protests. A day later, he said the network’s crew could stay.

What Do You Think of Liz Wahl’s On-Air Resignation?

Liz Wahl is looking for a job today. The RT America reporter — and former CNNI contributor and once a Fox News intern — quit at the end of a broadcast on the Russian government-backed, Washington D.C.-based news channel Wednesday. The granddaughter of Hungarian refugees, and daughter of a member of the U.S. military, Wahl told Anderson Cooper she couldn’t continue on the channel because, “It’s about promoting a Putinist agenda and I can tell you firsthand, it’s also about bashing America.”

The network called Wahl’s actions “nothing more than a self-promotional stunt.” What do you think?

Anchor Liz Wahl Quits on Air

Liz Wahl, a reporter for the English-language, Kremlin-backed network RT, quit at the end of a newscast today. Wahl talked about “the ethical and moral challenges” she faces as a reporter for RT. Her grandparents fled to the U.S. as refugees escaping the Soviet occupation of Hungary following WWII. “I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that white-washes the actions of Putin,” said Wahl.

“I’m proud to be an American, and believe in disseminating the truth and that is why after this newscast, I’m resigning.”

Wahl’s resignation follows yesterday’s on-air denounciation by another RT anchor. “What Russia did is wrong,” said Abby Martin on the Kremlin-backed channel. “Just because I work here, for RT, doesn’t mean I don’t have editorial independence and I can’t stress enough how strongly I am against any military intervention in sovereign nations’ affairs.”

WahlCooperMore: Liz Wahl appeared on AC360 tonight, with Anderson Cooper in Kiev, and talked about how RT works. “RT is not about the truth. It’s about promoting a Putinist agenda and I can tell you firsthand, it’s also about bashing America.” Cooper asked about the management structure at the network: “Management is Russian, yes. Middle management, they are American and their role is to make sure — it’s kind of part of that censorship role to make sure we’re in line.”

More: RT has released a statement about Wahl’s resignation: “When a journalist disagrees with the editorial position of his or her organization, the usual course of action is to address those grievances with the editor, and, if they cannot be resolved, to quit like a professional. But when someone makes a big public show of a personal decision, it is nothing more than a self-promotional stunt. We wish Liz the best of luck on her chosen path.”

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