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Archives: August 2013

Pres. Obama: ‘I Have Decided the U.S. Should Take Military Action,’ But Will Seek Congressional Authorization First

In the Rose Garden this afternoon, President Obama said he has decided the United States “should take military action” against Syria, but he said he will wait for an authorization from the out-of-session Congress first.

The Saturday statement, during the long Labor Day holiday sent the news networks into high gear. Wolf Blitzer anchored coverage on CNN, Bret Baier was in for Fox News, Alex Witt anchored on MSNBC and  Richelle Carey anchored on Al Jazeera America. All had their White House and Pentagon correspondents as well as military analysts dialed in for coverage which began before 1pm. CNBC and FBN also carried the statement. The president’s remarks were supposed to have begun at 1:15. He was delayed about 35 minutes.

On the broadcast networks, George Stephanopoulos anchored on ABC along with Terry Moran and Martha Raddatz. On CBS, Jim Axelrod anchored with Major Garrett at the White House and Elizabeth Palmer in Damascus. She is one of the few Western TV journalists in Syria right now. NBC aired two reports during coverage of the English Premiere League. The first anchored by David Gregory at 1:27 previewed with reports form Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Richard Engel. Gregory broke in again when the president spoke, then quickly returned to soccer following the statement.

CNN reports that Syrian State Television also carried the President’s remarks live.

One member of the press shouted a question as the president departed: “Will you forgo a strike if congress disapproves?” There was no answer.

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Janice Dean Talks About Her New Children’s Book, ‘Freddy the Frogcaster’

When she’s not forecasting the weather, Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean wears another hat: children’s book author. The mother of two recently released “Freddy the Frogcaster,” her first book. She stopped by “Your World with Neil Cavuto” this week to talk about it. Watch:

The Scoreboard: Thursday, August 29

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 250 | MSNBC: 140 | CNN: 122 | HLN: 84
  • Primetime: FNC: 351 | MSNBC: 193 | CNN: 154 | HLN: 112

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

174

TheFive:

327

Baier:

293

Shep:

280

O’Reilly:

416

Hannity:

376

Greta:

262

O’Reilly:

253

Hannity:

253

MSNBC
Bashir:

107

EdShow:

130

Sharpton:

146

Matthews:

163

Hayes:

178

Maddow:

207

O’Donnell:

195

Hayes:

123

Maddow:

97

CNN
Tapper:

92

Blitzer:

143

Blitzer:

140

Burnett:

122

Cooper:

163

Morgan:

147

Tapper:

151

Burnett:

137

Morgan:

132

HLN
America:

68

Express:

35

Express:

51

Jane:

49

Grace:

96

DrDrew:

125

Jane:

117

Showbiz:

95

DrDrew:

97

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ABC, CBS, NBC Break In with Pres. Obama Comments on Syria

With cameras clicking and flashbulbs popping, and with the leaders of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia on either side of him, Pres. Obama spoke about the situation in Syria. Obama’s remarks were recorded by the pool and fed out around 2:45pmET. They followed Secy. of State John Kerry‘s remarks earlier with results from an unclassified U.S. investigation into a chemical weapons attack in Syria last week. The president:

“We are looking at the possibility of a limited, narrow act that would help make sure that not only Syria, but others around the world, understand that the international community cares about maintaining this chemical weapons ban. Again, I repeat, we’re not considering any open-ended commitment. We’re not considering any boots on the ground approach.”

Scott Pelley anchored a special report on CBS along with Pentagon correspondent David MartinDavid Muir anchored on ABC along with Martha Raddatz. And on NBC Lester Holt along with Andrea Mitchell reported on the President’s remarks. Christiane Amanpour who splits time on CNN and ABC, was part of the special report on CNN.

Google, NFL Concussions And Egypt On Tap In Al Jazeera America Docs

It is a good time to be a documentary filmmaker. Not only has CNN started aggressively acquiring films, but Al Jazeera America is stocking up on long-form documentary programming as well.

AJAM’s first doc–branded as “Al Jazeera America Presents”–is called “Google and the World Brain.” Tied to the 15th anniversary of the company’s founding, “Google and the World Brain” chronicles its effort to scan and catalog all the world’s books. It will debut Sunday, September 1 at 9 PM ET.

Other films later this year will include a documentary on concussions in the NFL called  ”Head Games,” based on former NFL player Chris Nowinski‘s book Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis from the NFL to Youth League and directed by Steve James, who also did “Hoop Dreams.” “Open Secret” is a personal film about adoption and family secrets from NPR’s Steve Lickteig, while “Words of Witness” is about a young Egyptian blogger braving Tahrir Square and the battle for democracy in that country.

“These documentaries encourage viewers to think again about important issues,” said Kathy Davidov, senior executive producer of Al Jazeera America’s documentary unit in a statement. “Through personal stories and journeys, we explore topics that affect every day Americans.”

CNN Correspondent Lisa Sylvester Moving to Pittsburgh NBC Affiliate

After nine years at CNN, Lisa Sylvester is leaving the network to join the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh.

Sylvester will join WPXI as co-anchor of the evening newscasts in October. At CNN, she was a correspondent and cut-in anchor for “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” Before that, she was a general correspondent based in Washington, D.C. for ABC News.

“I am thrilled to be joining WPXI,” Sylvester said in a statement. “This is a wonderful opportunity to join a team that is dedicated to providing the best news coverage. I look forward to raising my family in Pittsburgh and being part of the community.”

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Network Correspondents Converge On Syria And Surrounding Countries

All eyes are turning to Syria, as escalated rhetoric suggests that a U.S. attack could be imminent. Unlike Iraq, which saw correspondents reporting while embedded with U.S. troops or from the balcony of their hotels, it is not nearly as clear whether U.S. networks will have the same presence in Syria.

It seems as though the situation is fluid for pretty much every network, so things will likely change before any potential U.S. action. That said, some outlets have people in place inside Syria, while others are working on it. Interestingly, two U.S. networks (NBC and ABC) are relying on UK correspondents for reports out of Damascus.

CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer arrived recently in Damascus (see photo to above), and is expected to be there for some time. She reported for the “CBS Evening News” and “CBS This Morning.” NBC News’ Richard Engel reported from Syria earlier this week, and is currently on the Turkey/Syria border. ITN’s Bill Neely is in Damascus (NBC and ITN share some content and correspondents), and has been reporting there for NBC, and Ayman Mohyeldin is reporting from Beirut. ABC News has chief foreign correspondent Terry Moran and Middle East correspondent Alexander Marquardt reporting from Beruit, Lebanon, Muhammad Lila from Antakaya, Turkey, Matt Gutman from the northern Israeli city of Haifa, Molly Hunter from Jerusalem and the BBC’s Jeremy Bowen contributing to ABC News coverage from Damascus.

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Bill O’Reilly Apologizes For Erroneous ‘March On Washington’ Comment

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly dedicated his “tip of the day” segment last night to, well, himself. O’Reilly used the opportunity to apologize for saying that Republicans were not invited to speak at the 50th anniversary celebration for the March on Washington.”

“Last night during my discussion with James Carville on the Martin Luther King commemoration, I said that there were no Republican speakers invited. Wrong, it was wrong,” O’Reilly said, noting that some Republicans were invited, but declined to attend. “So here’s the tip of the day, always check the facts when you make a definitive statement, and when you make a mistake, admit it.”

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Brian Williams Returning to ‘NBC Nightly News’ Tuesday, September 3

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams will return to his nightly newscast on Tuesday, September 3. Lester Holt, who had been filling in for Williams since he underwent knee replacement surgery earlier this month, announced the return on the program last night.

“When folks return from their end of summer break on Labor Day, a friend of ours will be coming back to work as well,” Holt said. “Brian has been given the all-clear from his doctors after knee replacement surgery just over three weeks ago.”

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