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The Ticker, Sandy Edition: Spitzer, Williams, Velshi/Romans

The Inevitable Hurricane Sandy Video Bomb

This was inevitable. On CNN just after 5pm, Ali Velshi was reporting live from Atlantic City when three shirtless geniuses video bombed his liveshot. Meteorologist Chad Myers, after delivering the 5pm NHC update, commented that the trio “should be off the streets and into a house somewhere, that’s certainly not the place to be.” There’s a 6pm curfew for the city, which is about the time Sandy is expected to make landfall just south of where Velshi is reporting.

Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett To Report Live In Primetime For CNN

CNN will be keeping its usual primetime lineup on tonight to cover Sandy, and will be live until the worst of the storm passes, whenever that may be. Anchors Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett will be reporting in the field tonight across primetime. CNN International will be simulcasting CNN/U.S. from 11AM-2PM and again starting at 4 PM.

The list of correspondents in the field for CNN is after the jump.

Update: HLN is blowing up its primetime lineup to provide hurricane coverage. Those details are also after the jump.
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CNN Spreading Out Correspondents Across Swing States

CNN has announced a slew of assignments for network correspondents in advance of the Presidential election. The network will have anchors and reporters in every swing state, as well as some floaters that will travel to multiple states, and the correspondents embedded with the campaigns. The network is launching segments branded as “The Final Battlegrounds” starting on Monday.

“CNN is deploying its vast resources and top-notch reporters into the states that the campaigns are targeting as the election nears,” said Mark Whitaker, executive VP and managing editor of CNN Worldwide in a statement. “Our in-depth reporting and analysis will keep voters informed of the up-to-the-minute developments that will determine the outcome of this extraordinarily close presidential race.”

The correspondent assignments, after the jump.
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CNN Election Express is On the Road Again

CNN’s Election Express is on the road again.

Tomorrow morning, the tricked out politibus hits the road departing Boca Raton, site of tonight’s debate, headed for other Florida cities like Lakeland, and Winter Park. Then it’s on to North Carolina on Friday and by Sunday the Election Express will be in Virginia. On board are CNN’s Ali Velshi and John Avlon who will be interviewing voters in four swing states. Interviews and analysis will be featured throughout CNN’s television networks and digital platforms over the final two weeks of the campaign.

This is the second presidential election cycle for Election Express. TVNewser got a tour the last go-round when the Express swung through New York City.

Despite Requests, TV Reporters Still Prevalent In Political Attack Ads

Despite requests from TV news organizations to political campaigns, attack ads across the country still prominently feature TV news anchors and reporters. Advertising Age looked at the numbers, and found that journalists have been featured in TV spots that aired thousands and thousands of times.

Clips from CNBC were the most commonly used, followed by CNN and MSNBC. Tom Brokaw, David Gregory, Ali Velshi and John Harwood were among the journalists whose clips were used for political purposes. Earlier this year networks asked the campaigns to stop featuring clips from their programming in ads. It didn’t work.

Ad Age explains:

From a messaging standpoint, TV journalists “deliver” the advertisers’ messages not only more credibly but also more concisely and accessibly, an added benefit for the advertisers in light of the complex economic circumstances being debated this year. Deficit spending, unemployment and stimulus are tough to explain in 30 seconds, so why not “borrow” the people who do it for a living? Having familiar faces and voices do the work is also far more powerful than showing frame after frame of static newspaper headlines.


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Friendly Reminder To TV News Talent: Be Sure To Proofread Those Tweets

Twitter is awesome, as it can spread breaking news incredibly efficiently and quickly. It is also a problem, as it can spread misinformation incredibly efficiently and quickly.

CNN’s Ali Velshi saw that firsthand this morning, after CNN confirmed that terrorism was not a factor in the shooting by the Empire State Building.

Velshi tweeted the following, leaving out a key word: “no”

To his credit, he quickly caught the error and deleted the tweet. More impressively, he seemed to respond to everyone that messaged him, correcting and apologizing along the way.

Just a friendly reminder: double check those tweets. Mistakes can (and do) happen to the best of us. When you are on-air talent, followed by thousands of people, misinformation can spread especially quickly.

Ed Henry’s Secret Passion: Pocket Squares

Here’s something you may not know about Fox News Channel’s chief White House correspondent, Ed Henry: he loves pocket squares. (So much that they even have their own Twitter account.) The AP’s Samantha Critchell examines the origins of Henry’s fashion statement:

Blue ones, red ones, white ones. He’ll wear red-meets-blue purple, too, but don’t read too much into any political meaning, he says.

It all started as a friendly fashion competition with Ali Velshi, a former colleague when Henry was at CNN. It was all about the bigger, better necktie back then. There was an unending game of one-upmanship with more colorful shirts, perhaps even a patterned vest.

Still, Henry says, Velshi usually out did him — until Henry pulled out the pocket square. “The pocket square amps it up!” says Henry. He adds: “At least no one is teasing me about my makeup anymore.”

Special Live ‘Your Money’ to Cover French and Greek Elections

Normally on tape, CNN’s “Your Money will be live Sunday at 3pmET focusing on the second round of the French presidential election as well as the election in Greece tomorrow. Ali Velshi and Christine Romans host, along with Paris-based correspondent Jim Bitterman and Hala Gorani from Paris, Matthew Chance from Athens, Al Goodman from Madrid and John Defterios from Abu Dhabi.

CNN’s Ali Velshi On Plane As Birds Strike Engines

A Delta flight had to return to JFK yesterday, after a flock of birds struck one of the engines. Amazingly, CNN’s Ali Velshi was on that flight, and promptly started making the rounds to talk about his experience:

This morning CNN also televised some other video from the flight, actual footage of birds hitting the engines:

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