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CNN ‘Not Aware’ of Arwa Damon Lawsuit

arwa damonA CNN spokesperson tells TVNewser the network is “not aware” of a lawsuit over senior international correspondent Arwa Damon allegedly biting two paramedics “in a drunken rage” at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad last month.

The lawsuit was first reported by TMZ, which says Damon and CNN are being sued for $1 million by two EMTs who claim they suffered injuries after Damon became “seriously intoxicated” and “unruly and violent” at the Embassy. The lawsuit claims “CNN knew Damon had a history of becoming drunk and abusive, and had a penchant for violence, even when sober,” according to TMZ.

A CNN spokesperson tells TVNewser:  “We are not aware of the alleged lawsuit and therefore have no comment.”

>Update, 2:04 p.m.: “We are aware of the lawsuit and are looking into it,” a CNN spokesperson says.

The New York Post reports Damon apologized for her behavior in an email to U.S. Embassy staff a day after the incident and said she was “beyond embarrassed”:

She said in an e-mail: “It’s been an extremely stressful time, I was exhausted, I had not had proper food all day and clearly miscalculated how my body would handle the alcohol consumed … Needless to say, I am utterly mortified and take full responsibility for my actions, which are inexcusable.” Read more

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News Reporters Located Benghazi Terror Suspect Long Before the U.S. Government Did

Benghazi CNN FoxThe arrest of Benghazi terror attack suspect Ahmed Abu Khattala Sunday, and revealed late this morning, begs an important question: can U.S. cable news channels locate a terror suspect more quickly than the U.S. government?

Fox News, CNN, and CBS News were able to track down and interview Khattala after the attack on the U.S Consulate in Libya. “He was markedly relaxed when we spoke with him,” Fox News’ foreign correspondent Greg Palkot said on “Outnumbered” this afternoon about his off-camera interview with Khattala five weeks after the attack.

“It was not too hard to get in touch with him,” Palkot added, reporting Abu Khattala admitted to being at the scene of the consulate attack, but vowed “he had nothing to do with the planning.”

CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer also spoke with Khattala weeks after the attack, where he called the attackers “ordinary people.” Palmer reported he “didn’t look like a wanted man, sipping mango juice across the table from me in a Benghazi hotel.”

CNN’s senior international correspondent Arwa Damon interviewed Abu Khattala last summer. “This is a man whose whereabouts most certainly are known,” she said during her report. “So of course it begs the question why has he not been spoken to just yet, if not being directly accused of being involved in the attack.”

The big news of Khattala’s arrest raises the stakes for tonight’s Fox News joint-interview featuring Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren interviewing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The interview will air live from 6:45pm-7:15pmET on both ”Special Report” and then “On the Record.” CNN’s live town hall with Clinton moderated by Christiane Amanpour airs live at 5pmET.

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News Crews Back to Iraq

Despite Pres. Obama’s pledge to not send U.S. troops into Iraq to quell growing violence there, news networks are beginning to send in additional teams, CNN among them. CNN’s senior international correspondent Arwa Damon, who started her career in Baghdad covering the war in Iraq, has returned to the country as militant group ISIS closes in on Baghdad. She filed this report on the mass exodus from Mosul and surrounding villages:

Pres. Obama: ‘We Will Not Be Sending U.S. Troops Back Into Combat in Iraq’

President Obama delivered a statement on Iraq from the South Lawn of the White House shortly before noon. The broadcast and cable networks all provided live coverage of his remarks on the increased violence in the region.

On NBC, David Gregory anchored from Washington with Peter Alexander at the White House and Richard Engel in Iraq. David Muir anchored for ABC, joined by Terry Moran in Northern Iraq. CBS’ special report was anchored by Scott Pelley in New York with Major Garrett at the White House.

As for the cable networks: Wolf Blitzer anchored on CNN, with Arwa Damon in Iraq. Eric Shawn and Uma Pemmaraju anchored on Fox News, joined by “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier from Washington. On MSNBC, Tamron Hall anchored with Chuck Todd contributing.

Obama said he is weighing the options for U.S. military support in Iraq, but ruled out using ground forces in the conflict. “We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq, but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options,” he said.

Arwa Damon To Receive Courage in Journalism Award

ArwaDamonSyriaFirstLook.cnn.640x360CNN’s senior international correspondent Arwa Damon has been named a recipient of the 2014 Courage in Journalism Award. by the International Women’s Media Foundation. Damon,  who started at CNN in 2004 as a freelance producer in the network’s Baghdad bureau, is being honored for her “persistence, strength, and focus” in her war reporting.

“As a journalist working for an international news network like CNN, the gender bias has largely been broken. Such is not the case for others – both men and women – in the field who have to chart their own course while facing threats at home without the protection of a major news network,” said Damon.

Other recipients also include Brankica Stanković a Serbian TV reporter and Solange Lusiku Nsimire editor-in-chief of a publication in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Damon’s reporting has taken her to Syria, Libya, South Sudan, Congo, Egypt, Kenya and most recently Ukraine’s Donetsk region. She has won a number of awards including the IRE Medal award for her reporting on the U.S. Consulate attack in Benghazi.

The awards ceremony takes place October 22 in New York.

The Morning Ticker: Dateline, Pelley, Damon

  • NBC’s “Dateline” is adding a Saturday edition. Beginning this weekend, the 2-hour Saturday Night Mysteries promises to feature “fascinating characters and suspenseful twists-and-turns.” The dean of Saturday night true crime, CBS’s “48 Hours,” is often the No. 1 show of the night on broadcast TV. ABC’s “20/20″ also recently added a Saturday edition.

  • “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley tells SFGate that while the way we get news has changed, the basics hasn’t: “I tell young people these days it doesn’t matter if you’re carving on a stone tablet or a glass tablet: The rules of storytelling have not changed.”

  • CNN foreign correspondent Arwa Damon was honored by Oxfam for her “fearless reporting on conflict and humanitarian disasters in Syria” last night. In an interview with FishbowlDC Damon says of her career path: “I chose this life. I chose this work, and I don’t regret any of it.”

The International Ticker: Engel, Damon, Kay

  • NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and his team are reporting from Kiev, Ukraine as protests continue to rage there today. Engel was live from Sochi last night for “NBC Nightly News” and was in Kiev for this morning’s “Today” show.

  • CNN’s senior international correspondent Arwa Damon has been reporting from Addana, Syria this week. Until recently, the town was under the control of the Islamist radical group, ISIS. CNN obtained video from Syrian activists showing the brutal tactics ISIS has been using.

  • The BBC’s Katty Kay is in Brazil to find out how the country is getting ready for two major global sporting events: the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics. Kay anchors BBC World News America from Rio tonight and will also report for BBC World News.

For CNN Correspondent, Nairobi Attack Hits Close To Home

For CNN International correspondent Zain Verjee, the terrorist attack at a mall in Nairobi, Kenya hit very close to home. Literally. Verjee grew up not far from the mall, and still lives nearby, as she shared today.

“This is where we have coffee, this is where I meet my friends, this is where I socialize, this is where diplomats, expats everybody goes to shop,” Verjee said. “Every Saturday morning we go to buy groceries, as hundreds of people did that Saturday morning.”

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Every network and cable channel has correspondents in Nairobi, following up on the latest from the hostile mall takeover by terrorists over the weekend. Among them: NBC’s Ron Allen, CBS’ Charlie D’Agata, ABC’s Linsey Davis and Kirit Radia and CNN’s Verjee, Nima Elbagir and Arwa Damon.

Sky News Camera Operator Mick Deane Killed in Egypt

Longtime Sky News camera operator Mick Deane was shot and killed in Cairo, Egypt this morning.

He was there with his team covering the violence in the capital city, as Egyptian security forces cleared public squares of supporters of ousted president Morsi. As noted by former CNN executive Eason Jordan, Deane was a camera operator for CNN based in Rome back in the 1980s.

“Mick was part of a Sky News team reporting on the disturbances in the city with Middle East Correspondent Sam Kiley when he was shot and wounded,” Sky News said in a statement. “Despite receiving medical treatment for his injuries, he died shortly afterwards.”

Sky News has more on Deane, here.

Over a hundred people are said to have been killed in the violence in the last 24 hours, including a few other journalists.

Egypt has become a dangerous place for reporters in recent months. A BBC correspondent was shot in the face by shotgun pellets in July, resulting in emergency surgery.

CNN’s Arwa Damon is also in Cairo covering the protests, and had to duck for cover during a report as automatic gunfire screamed past their location.

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CNN Interviews Benghazi Suspect, Makes News On Other Channels

CNN’s Arwa Damon had an interview with a person of interest in the Benghazi consulate attacks that resulted in the death of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya. The man, who has been mentioned by U.S. authorities, said he was never contacted by either the Libyan or American governments, but would be happy to talk to them if they did.

The interview ended up making news on other channels. “The Five” incorporated it into a segment on the attack, even as CNN aired excerpts from the interview, though the Fox News show didn’t identify CNN, lest someone change the channel.

Update: Credit where it is due, “On the Record” host Greta Van Susteren did note that CNN had the interview, as she mentions in a GretaWire post here.

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