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Cable News Coverage of Historic Canonization

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The U.S. cable news networks carried live coverage of the canonization ceremony early this morning for Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. NBC’s Lester Holt anchored an NBC News special report which was simulcast on MSNBC, starting at 4amET. (This means on the West Coast, the canonization ceremony had a lead-in of “Saturday Night Live” on NBC stations.) ABC News and CBS News did not offer live TV coverage of the ceremony but correspondents Terry Moran for ABC and Allen Pizzey for CBS filed reports from Vatican City. For NBC and MSNBC Anne Thompson and Chris Jansing reported from Rome.

On Fox News, Anita Vogel began coverage from Los Angeles just before 4amET with reporting from Amy Kellogg in Rome. Also at 4am, CNN/U.S. began a simulcast of CNNI’s live coverage anchored by Errol Barnett and Amara Walker with reporting from Delia Gallagher at the Vatican.

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Colorado Shooting: 14 Killed, 50 Injured in Massacre at ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Screening

The network morning shows have devoted much of the first hour of their broadcasts to the massacre at an Aurora, CO movie theater. During a midnight screening of the new Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises,” a 24-year-old gunman opened fire. Initial reports put the death toll at 14 with 50 others are injured. The gunman is in custody. Update: At 8:09 on “Today” an Aurora police officer updated the number of killed to 12. “We know there are 10 inside the theater that are dead, with two additional that died at local hospitals.”

The networks dispatched correspondents to the scene: Barry Peterson on CBS, Clayton Sandell on ABC. NBC had a report from Jace Larson a reporter for KUSA. The networks brought in crime, justice and medical correspondents: former FBI spokesman John Miller now a correspondent for “CBS This Morning” reported that Dan Oates, the police chief in Aurora was an NYPD Deputy Chief serving during 9/11. NBC’s Pete Williams reported on the weapons used Update: At 8:03, Williams identified the suspect as James Holmes, born Dec. 13, 1987. On ABC, Dr. Richard Besser reported on the injuries. The youngest shooting victim is a 6-year-old and is being treated.

Network bookers worked overtime bringing in eyewitness reports. Rounding out the reporting were cell phone videos and urgent 911 calls recounting the horror. Denver news choppers hovered over the suspect’s apartment which had been evacuated as police searched for explosives.

Fox News anchor Anita Vogel broke in with the news at 4:30am. CNN “Early Start” anchors John Berman and Zoraida Sambolin started their program early with the news at 4:44am. ABC’s Jake Tapper reports Pres. Obama was made aware of the news at 5:26amET by his Homeland Security adviser. The next news conference is scheduled for 1pmET.

> Update, 9amET: “CBS This Morning” is producing a third hour at 9am. The third hour of “Today” is devoted to the shooting aftermath. ABC News talked with a San Diego woman identifying herself as James Holmes’s mother. “You have the right person. I need to call the police,” she added. “I need to fly out to Colorado.”

> More: “Today” passed on airing its Friday concert this morning with Hot Chelle Ray. Said Al Roker “Because of the severity of the news we’ve decided — they’ve been performing for the crowd outside so they’re not disappointed — we’re going to bring that to you a little bit later sometime next week.” At 8:30am, “GMA” promoted its summer concert with Karmen and Dragonette, but did not broadcast any of it.

> Update, 10:05ET: The network morning shows are going live on the west coast for the 7 AM hour, with the full anchor teams in place.

As Alaska Releases Palin Emails, Cable News Channels Choose What to Cover

This afternoon the state of Alaska released thousands of pages of emails sent by former Governor Sarah Palin. The release of the documents was requested by a number of news organizations, including CNN and the AP, back in 2008.

All three of the cable networks have covered the release of documents today, though with decidedly different takes.

CNN and MSNBC both have correspondents in Juneau, Alaska reporting on what they are finding in the documents. Michael Isikoff is reporting for MSNBC and Drew Griffin for CNN.

Fox News is in the unusual position of having Palin on its payroll. It has not featured any correspondents from Alaska as of yet (Update: Te network says it has Anita Vogel in Juneau to report on the emails), and its discussions of the emails have focused on the crowd-sourcing effort being undertaken by the Washington Post, New York Times and others.

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Cablers Rush to California ‘Bomb House’

At the top of the 2:00pmET hour, fire crews and demolition teams prepared to set fire to an explosives-packed house in Escondido, a suburb of San Diego, Calif. that authorities say was turned into a bomb-making factory. This was a “breaking news that wasn’t” story, in that everyone knew about the fire for several weeks beforehand. They even went so far as to create a local pool for the event.

At 1:54pmET, Fox News aired pictures from KTTV (FOX News O&O), KSWB (Fox News affiliate), KGTV (ABC affiliate), and FOX News Channel ground shots. FNC reporter Anita Vogel was covering the story in the field. MSNBC began coverage at 1:59pmET with NBC’s Kristen Welker on location with video from KNSD (NBC O&O).

CNN also began coverage at 1:59pmET with a producer on site phoning in. The shot CNN took was a local pool situation set up by the San Diego affiliates. It was set up by local authorities in order to position one camera close to the home which all media outlets could access. HLN was on air with live pictures at 2:08pmET.

Vogel: “People Enjoy Working There and it Shows”

vogel_7-31.JPGFox News correspondent Anita Vogel is profiled in The Armenian Reporter, and reveals a few things about her life — for one, that she’s an Armenian reporter.

She describes her most recent big “get,” when she caught up with President Bill Clinton for an impromptu interview in Las Vegas. “I don’t know whether I’ll ever encounter as exciting an interview,” she says. “My Blackberry was exploding for ten minutes afterwards!”

Vogel made her first trip to Armenia this month, but says, while growing up in California, she, “was raised Armenian.”

Of Fox News: “It’s the best place to work. A perfect job for me. I get to live in L.A., where I grew up, and report on network level stories.”

Citizen Journalism Kicks In Post Quake

FNCStreaming_7.29.jpgThe networks have all made appeals to viewers to send in their iReports, uReports and FirstPerson accounts of the Chino Hills earthquake. FNC’s Anita Vogel is on her way to Chino Hills while a Fox News crew provides streaming images of the drive to the epicenter (left). Images from KABC show some minor street flooding in Los Angeles, most likely from a water main break perhaps due to the quake.