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Christmas Day Terror Scare on board Detroit-Bound Flight

CNN and Fox News are continuing with live coverage of an attempted terror attack on a Northwest flight from Amsterdam as it was about to land in Detroit. Here’s the AP brief on the story:

As this is Christmas, the cable news networks were all in taped programming when the news first broke. CNN’s T.J. Holmes reported the story at 2:19pmET when the initial incident was attributed to a passenger setting off firecrackers. FNC reported the details at 2:22pm and MSNBC reported the news at 3:31pm in a scheduled news update during documentary programming. As the details continued to come in, and the White House declared it an attempted act of terrorism, FNC and CNN increased their live coverage with Jamie Colby anchoring on Fox News and Ali Velshi anchoring for CNN. MSNBC continues to air updates on the half hour during documentaries anchored by Christina Brown.

White House correspondents Ed Henry for CNN and Steve Centanni for Fox News reported from Hawaii where the president was first made aware of the incident around 9am Hawaii time.

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Related – Mediaite: Fox & CNN Covering Flt. 253 Terror Scare – MSNBC Stays With Doc

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