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Pentagon Correspondents Briefed on Osama Bin Laden Intelligence Trove; Networks vary in how Beard-Dyed Bin Laden tapes are Broadcast

The network news Pentagon correspondents have just been briefed on the massive intelligence trove taken during the raid on Osama Bin Laden‘s compound last Sunday. MSNBC immediately aired the videos of a beard-dyed Bin Laden as NBC’s Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski was making his way to his camera position. Miklaszewski and MSNBC anchor Alex Witt discussed the videos as they played. At one point, a video shows Bin Laden watching TV (above). Miklaszewski describes Bin Laden with the remote control, “working it like most American men watching sports on the weekend…as he’s flipping channels to find reports about himself.”

Around 1:05pmET, after MSNBC had aired most of the five as-yet unreleased Bin Laden videos at least once, CNN began playing the videos. Fox News chose not to take the videos directly to air, instead broadcasting still images from the video showing the black-bearded Bin Laden.

CNN’s Barbara Starr had an interesting behind the scenes observation, telling anchor Fredicka Whitfield, “You had perhaps 50 reporters here in the Pentagon for a background briefing from a senior intelligence official, we were not allowed to record it, we could take no pictures, we can broadcast nothing from this briefing in terms of what was said, but the Obama administration had an official in the room taking pictures of us.”

Jennifer Griffin on Fox News characterized the intelligence take as “the mother-load” describing Bin Laden in one video looking “like an old man on the floor just watching Al Jazeera.”

Fox News anchor Jamie Colby explained FNC’s policy: “We are only showing you these stills, and not the video. It is our position that we will not ever air video that would serve as propaganda.”

CBS News produced a special report around 12:58pmET with Anthony Mason anchoring in New York and Bob Orr at the Pentagon. ABC News produced a special report around 1:08pmET anchored by David Muir and Martha Raddatz at the Pentagon. Both CBS and ABC aired the videos, none of which had audio.

> More: The DOD video release is changing up cable news afternoon programming. Fox News’ “America’s News HQ” will air until 3pmET; “Journal Editorial Report” and “FOX News Watch” will air at 3 and 3:30pmET, preempting a John Stossel special. MSNBC went live until 2pmET while CNN/U.S. and CNNI have been simulcasting for much of the afternoon.

NewsPro Names ’10 Most Powerful In TV Financial News’

NewsPro, a news trade magazine produced by the team behind TVWeek.com, has announced its “10 Most Powerful in TV Financial News” for 2010.

All three cable business networks–CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business–made the cut, as did a number of talent from the channels. CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo and Jim Cramer are on the list, as are Bloomberg’s Margaret Brennan and FBN’s Neil Cavuto.

The broadcast networks were represented by PBS’ “Nightly Business Report,” CBS News correspondent Anthony Mason and legendary newsmagazine “60 Minutes:”

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Correspondents’ Dinner: Who’s Funnier Betty White or Rahm Emanuel?

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Katie Couric and her special guest Betty White at the CBS cocktail party ahead of the Correspondents’ Dinner.

Katie Couric arrived with two multi-generational funny ladies for tonight’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner: Chelsea Handler and Betty White. Handler, author of “Are you There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea,” asked Evening News E.P. Rick Kaplan if he was taking drink orders — she found the bar all on her own. (We spotted FishbowlDC’s Betsy Rothstein chatting up Chelsea, so look for that interview later on FBDC).

Dave Price got his picture taken with White, thanks to D.C. colleague, White House Correspondent Chip Reid and his Blackberry.

Other CBS Newsers we spotted: Rita Braver, Anthony Mason, Bob Orr, and execs Sean McManus, David Friedman, and Friedman pere, Paul, talent exec Barbara Fedida nd DC Bureau Chief Chris Isham.

CBS News contributor Ayla Brown along with her dad Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), and her mom and sister made the rounds at the CBS fete.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Attorney General Eric Holder and Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) rounded out the politico showing.

More photos after the jump…

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ABC, NBC to Carry Pres. Obama Statement on Flight 253 Terror Attempt

TVNewser has learned ABC’s Diane Sawyer and NBC’s Brian Williams will anchor special reports this afternoon for their networks as Pres. Obama makes remarks about stepped up airport security after the attempted attack on Northwest Flight 253 on Christmas Day.

CBS News tells us they will monitor and cover on CBSNews.com. The cable news networks will also carry the statement live.

The president, who has not spoken publicly about Friday’s incident, is expected to make a statement around 3pmET from Hawaii.

> Update: CBS News switched course and carried the statement live from the Marine Corps Base near Kailua, Hawaii. FOX broadcast did as well. The president took no questions. Anthony Mason anchored on CBS. Harris Faulkner anchored on FOX.

David Letterman on CBS ‘Sunday Morning’, But Not Talking About That

In an interview taped Tuesday, two days before he testified before a Manhattan grand jury in the alleged extortion case involving him, David Letterman sat down with CBS’ Anthony Mason for an interview for “Sunday Morning.”

It’s for a story on Letterman’s sidekick of 27 years Paul Shaffer. Shaffer has a new book coming out. The story airs this Sunday morning.

CBS Evening News Wins Murrow for Best Newscast

KC_6.29.jpgFor the second year in a row, the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric has won the Edward R. Murrow award for best evening newscast. CBS News submitted the broadcast of Nov. 12, 2008 to the RTNDA judges. The program led with the economic bailout coverage from correspondents Anthony Mason and Sharyl Attkisson. Other reports came from Armen Keteyian, Seth Doane, Mark Strassmann, and Steve Hartman.

Rick Kaplan is the EP of the CBS Evening News. Katie Couric is the managing editor.

CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus says the broadcast, “simply is the best daily news program on television,” adding, “once again, the industry experts are giving CBS Evening News the critical acclaim it deserves.”

CBS News Looks at “Life After Debt”

Mason_6.22.pngTomorrow night, the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric” will debut a three-part series called “Life After Debt.” It’s a follow-up to last year’s “Life and Debt in America.”

Tomorrow, correspondent Anthony Mason looks in to the new realities facing millions preparing for retirement. Wednesday, Mason explores the transfer of economic power from Wall Street to Washington, DC. And on Thursday, Mason reports on the strategies America’s largest retailers are using to prepare for a new subdued consumer. Mason gets access to the meetings of the planning, testing, marketing and designing divisions of Sears and KMart.

GM Everywhere: Networks Cover Obama Speech

The cablers and networks covered President Barack Obama‘s remarks about the GM bankruptcy this afternoon, with George Stephanopoulos anchoring on ABC, Russ Mitchell on CBS and Ann Curry on NBC.

Tonight on ABC World News, Charlie Gibson anchors from a Chevrolet dealership in New Jersey, in addition to several reports from ABC’s correspondents. CBS’ Dean Reynolds reports from Detroit and Anthony Mason from New York. NBC’s Phil LeBeau (who got the second question at the GM news conference after a reporter from Mexico) and Kevin Tibbles will report for Nightly News.

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And perhaps a recognition that it is now 60% owned by the U.S. government, GM was doing the diplomatic thing by airing C-SPAN’s coverage of the Obama remarks at its New York headquarters, rather than from, say, CBS which produces its morning show in the GM building. C-SPAN, a public service channel, is owned by cable and satellite operators.

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The Ticker: CNBC, ABC, CBS…

> CNBC’s Erin Burnett reported today from Lagos, Nigeria about the economy of Africa. It is part of the series, “Dollars & Danger: Africa: The Final Investing Frontier.”

> ABC’s Dan Harris reports for Nightline tonight about children in Congo being forced into exorcisms. Harris wrote about the story in a USA Today article today.

> CBS News’ ongoing “CBS Reports: Children of the Recession” series continues with a report from Anthony Mason on five young filmmakers. The series has reports running on every CBS platform.

Plans For Obama Address

Every network will cover President Barack Obama‘s Address to Congress tonight at 9pmET (right after our TVNewser Summit party tonight in NYC — it’s not too late to RSVP). Following Obama’s speech is Gov. Bobby Jindal‘s Republican response:

• ABC — Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos anchor coverage from the Capitol, from 9-10:30pmET. Jake Tapper, Jonathan Karl, George Will and Donna Brazile contribute. Nightline provides additional coverage and analysis at 11:35pmET, with Terry Moran anchoring from D.C.

• CBS — Katie Couric anchors from 9-10:30pmET, with a live Webcast on CBSNews.com and CNET.com immediately following. Bob Schieffer, Jeff Greenfield, Nancy Cordes, Lara Logan, Anthony Mason, Chip Reid and Dan Bartlett contribute.

• NBC — Brian Williams anchors from 9-10pmET. He will be joined by David Gregory, Chuck Todd, and Kelly O’Donnell.

• FOX — Shepard Smith anchors from Washington, D.C., beginning at 8:55pmET. Chris Wallace provides analysis and Shannon Bream reports from Capital Hill.

• CNN — Wolf Blitzer, Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper and John King lead coverage from the Election Center in New York. Members of the BPTOT, including Gloria Borger and Roland Martin, will contribute. Shortly before the 9 p.m. address, Blitzer will introduce the address. A two-hour edition of AC 360 starts immediately after the address. “Larry King Live” airs live at MidnightET, with special guest, Sen. John McCain.

• FNC — Bret Baier anchors, beginning at 8:55pmET. Bill O’Reilly hosts a live O’Reilly Factor from 8-8:55pmET. On the Record with Greta Van Susteren airs live from 10:30-11pmET, followed by a Sean Hannity hosting a live “Hannity” from 11pm-MidnightET. Brit Hume joins Juan Williams, Nina Easton and Charles Krauthammer for post-address analysis, Major Garrett, Carl Cameron, Brian Wilson and Chris Wallace report for the coverage.

• MSNBC — Keith Olbermann introduces the address after Countdown, and a special edition of Countdown airs at 10pmET. The Rachel Maddow Show airs live at 11pmET and Hardball with Chris Matthews is live at MidnightET.

• CNBC — John Harwood and Larry Kudlow anchor the pre-speech coverage and a panel of guests join Harwood after the address. Also — Brian Williams will be on “Street Signs” at 2pmET after his lunch at the White House with the other anchors.

• FBN — Neil Cavuto anchors coverage, which includes Rich Edson and Peter Barnes reporting and Mack McLarty, former chief of staff for President Clinton, providing analysis.

• Bloomberg — Peter Cook anchors, with Al Hunt and Kathleen Hays contributing. Roger Altman and Frank Lavin provide analysis.

• PBS — Jim Lehrer anchors with Mark Shields and David Brooks providing analysis.

• C-SPAN — Airs the address live, with coverage beginning at 8pmET and a re-air at 11pmET.

> WebNewser has the coverage plans on the Web

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