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PBS May Also Be Victim of Sting Video By Conservative Filmmaker James O’Keefe

NPR may not be the only public media outlet to be pranked by conservative filmmaker James O’Keefe. The NY Times reports that PBS also met with the fictitious Muslim group that claimed to be looking to to donate to their organization.

An NPR spokesperson told the Times that the executive that met the group investigated them and saw a number of red flags:

“Attempts to confirm the credentials of the organization proved unsatisfactory and communication was halted by PBS,” she said.

Last night, “The Daily Show took on the NPR/O’Keefe video, with Stewart calling O’Keefe “The Ashton Kutcher of the conservative movement”:

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ABC’s Abbie Boudreau Released from Hospital

ABC News correspondent Abbie Boudreau has been released from a Richmond, VA hospital after she and her producer, Mary Bruce, were involved in a serious car accident on their way to a story.

Boudreau, who joined ABC from CNN in November, and Bruce were in a car that was rear-ended by a semi Monday morning.

TVNewser has learned Boudreau was released from the hospital yesterday after undergoing a series of tests. Bruce, who is based in Washington, DC was treated and released Monday and is back home.

Doctors will continue to monitor Boudreau and Bruce. But both are expected to make a full recovery.

ABC News Correspondent Abbie Boudreau and Producer Injured While on Assignment

ABC News correspondent Abbie Boudreau (left) and her producer, Mary Bruce are recovering after being involved in a serious car accident near Richmond, Virginia this morning.

Boudreau and Bruce were on their way to cover a U.S. military-related story when the car they were in was rear-ended by a semi. Boudreau, who joined ABC News from CNN last month, and Washington, DC-based Bruce were rushed to a hospital in Richmond where Boudreau is still being treated at this hour. Bruce was treated and released earlier.

In a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser, ABC News president David Westin writes, “our colleagues from the Washington Bureau are with them to make sure that they have everything that they need.”

Abbie Boudreau Moves from CNN to ABC

ABC News has hired away CNN investigative correspondent Abbie Boudreau. Boudreau will be joining ABC News’ Los Angeles bureau beginning Monday.

The award-winning Boudreau joined CNN in October 2007 as an Atlanta-based correspondent in the Special Investigations and Documentary unit. She has worked on multiple CNN special reports, including “Killings at the Canal: The Army Tapes,” “Biden: Revealed,” and “Campus Rage.”

For ABC, Boudreau will be a general assignment reporter joining David Wright and Mike Von Fremd in the L.A. bureau. This is ABC’s first on-air correspondent hire since a massive round of cuts at the network earlier this year that resulted in the elimination of more than 350 positions, including several West Coast correspondent jobs.

The news was first reported by LA news site The Enterprise Report.

> More: ABC News president David Westin’s note to the staff after the jump…

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Activist James O’Keefe Tries to ‘Punk’ CNN Reporter

Conservative activist and filmmaker James O’Keefe tried to trick CNN reporter Abbie Boudreau into boarding  a boat filled with sex toys and other explicit material in an effort to prank her and the network.

The goal, apparently, was to get CNN to “report” on a fake news story–most likely about tea party racism–and then turn the tables when Boudreau showed up by attempting to “seduce” her on the boat:

CNN was alerted to the prank shortly before Boudreau was set to meet with O’Keefe. According to planning documents obtained by CNN, O’Keefe and his partners even had snappy dialogue written for the meeting on the “pleasure palace.”

Some of the quips were  ”I want to take you to a higher place, CNN must be a tough place to work, let’s make some headline love,” and “It’s not news, it’s CNN.”

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Abbie Boudreau Wins Livingston Award

CNN investigative correspondent Abbie Boudreau received a Livingston Award today, bestowed for excellence in reporting by journalists under the age of 35. Boudreau won for last fall’s Killings at the Canal: The Army Tapes. Via Twitter, Boudreau reports that the award was presented by a former CNN colleague, ABC’s Christiane Amanpour, and that NBC’s Tom Brokaw and former ABCer Charlie Gibson were in attendance at today’s ceremony.

Killings at the Canal

Tonight on CNN, the premiere of Killings at the Canal: The Army Tapes. The one-hour documentary is a compilation of the reports from CNN investigative correspondent Abbie Boudreau which aired last week on AC360. The special premieres tonight 8pmET.

CNN Investigates Murder on the Battlefield

Beginning Tuesday on CNN’s AC360, investigative correspondent Abbie Boudreau begins a four-part series looking into case of U.S. soldiers convicted of murder on the battlefield — three Army sergeants who used their service pistols to execute four Iraqi men in their custody who they believed were insurgents.

Boudreau obtained nearly 24 hours of interrogation footage that includes a confession from one of the soldiers and raises several questions: on the battlefield, is murder a crime? And is the Army’s policy on detainees realistic for soldiers on the battlefield?

Killings At The Canal: The Army Tapes begins Tuesday night on AC360, with an hour-long special airing Saturday at 8pmET.

> Update, Monday a.m.: In light of last week’s events at Ft. Hood, CNN is holding this series until a later date.

The Ticker: Fox Ruling, Stafford Promoted, Clarions Awarded

> A U.S. District judge has ruled against granting a Freedom of Information Act request by Fox News for documents from the Federal Reserve. The case went to court after Fox submitted an initial FOIA petition last year, in a bid for information about Fed loans to corporations hit by the recession. “We respect the judge’s decision,” said Fox in a statement, “but we will probably appeal.”

> Former Dateline NBC correspondent Rob Stafford is expected to be named co-anchor of the 5, 6, and 10pm newscasts at Chicago NBC station WMAQ, reports Chicago Tribune media columnist Phil Rosenthal. The position opened up after former CBS News correspondent Bob Sirott, who was expected to get the job, left WMAQ in a contract dispute.

> The Association for Women in Communications has announced its 2009 Clarion Award Winners, with TV nods given to CNN and MSNBC. Hurricane Giveaway: A CNN Investigation won in the “Television Investigative Feature or Series-National” category. Abbie Boudreau reported, Scott Zamost produced, and Rich Brooks was the photojournalist. MSNBC won the “Television Documentary Program-National” award, for Witness to Jonestown.