Just before 11:30amET, CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC began reporting on a small plane that had crashed into an office building in Austin, Texas (AP story). Initially, the only footage available was from nearby traffic cameras.
Report times: FNC 11:21, MSNBC 11:27, CNN 11:27
CNN and MSNBC began taking live footage from KXAN. FNC had footage from KEYE and KTBC. CNN also aired iReports and reporting from KVUE.
> The NY Times’ Brian Stelter writes about the careful usage of the word “terrorism” in the cablers’ initial reporting.
> At 4:05pmET, the crash is still a top story. FNC’s Neil Cavuto discusses it with Sen. Scott Brown in their exclusive interview. MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan leads with the story on his show. And CNN continued its “Attack in Austin” coverage during “Rick’s List.”