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How the Evening Newscasts Reported the New Benghazi Emails

ABCBenghazi“CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was the only evening newscast last night to not cover newly uncovered emails from White House adviser Ben Rhodes, which provided talking points to former U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice before her Sunday show interviews several days after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya in Sept., 2012.

Rhodes’ email to Rice advised her to stress that the Benghazi attacks were rooted in a controversial YouTube video, “and not a broader failure of policy.”

CBS did cover the emails 10 hours earlier on “CBS This Morning.” White House Correspondent Bill Plante also mentioned that Ben Rhodes is the brother of CBS News President David Rhodes. A CBS News spokesperson also says Plante reported the news on CBS News Radio and CBSNews.com, adding, “There also was a thorough editorial discussion about it at ‘CBS Evening News’ and David Rhodes was not involved.”

ABC’s Jonathan Karl, who got into a heated exchange with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney over the emails, reported a 2-minute story for “World News with Diane Sawyer,” while “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” produced a :30 voice-over story on the emails.

CBS Evening News has been criticized for not aggressively covering the Benghazi story. Last May, now former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, said “there hasn’t been an appetite” for the stories she offered on Benghazi. CBS launched an internal review after Lara Logan‘s discredited Benghazi report on “60 Minutes” last October. Logan remains off the show.

The new Rhodes emails first hit the Web on Monday published by JudicialWatch.org. The story started getting traction on Fox News on Tuesday and on CNN and MSNBC on Wednesday.

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U.S. Govt. Learned of Charlie Rose’s Assad Interview the Same Time Everyone Else Did

With a choice of having Anthony Weiner, Lady Gaga or Bashar al-Assad on his morning show, CBS News president David Rhodes will take door number 3 any day.

“If we wanted a more stark demonstration of the differences in these shows, I think this morning is a perfect example,” Rhodes tells TVNewser. “We have done more Syria on this morning show than anyone,” says Rhodes. “And we’ve been rewarded for it by viewers.”

That “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Charlie Rose got the interview should not come as a surprise. He’d interviewed Assad before, and has been working for months to secure this interview as the Syrian civil war intensified. “He’s had a track record on this story for a long time,” says Rhodes. The entirety of the interview will air tonight on Rose’s PBS program.

Rhodes’ boss, CBS News chairman and “60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager put on another hat this weekend: as Rose’s producer. “When you have a situation like this, you don’t know what you’re going to find when you get there,” says Rhodes. “There’s no substitute to having people there with the experience and confidence to confront that. That Jeff was able to go, is great”

Rose and Fager spent Saturday night in Damascus, before heading to the presidential palace Sunday morning. Hours later Rose was in Lebanon phoning into CBS’s Bob Schieffer breaking the news of his interview. That’s also around the time the White House first learned about it.

Which means it came as news to Rhodes’ younger brother, Ben Rhodes, who is the White House Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communication.

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All Rhodes Lead to Political Power

While CBS News president David Rhodes (right) attended the memorial service for Mike Wallace Tuesday, seated next to presidential candidate Mitt Romney, his brother, Ben Rhodes was on his way to Afghanistan, seated next to — or at least near — Pres. Obama. Ben Rhodes is a deputy national security adviser in the administration and was on the trip to Bagram Air Field yesterday.

A year ago Tuesday, David Rhodes was at CBS News headquarters heading up the coverage of the death of Osama Bin Laden, while his younger brother was at the White House supporting the administration’s part in the raid that took out Bin Laden.

Cable Coverage plans for Obama’s Middle East speech

President Obama is making his way to the State Department to deliver a highly-anticipated speech on Middle East affairs.

CNN’s Ed Henry Tweeted this picture of Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, brother of CBS News president David Rhodes, writing parts of the President’s speech at a Starbucks last Friday.

CNN is going big on the coverage with a CNN/U.S. and CNNI simulcast beginning at 11:30amET. Wolf Blitzer, Suzanne Malveaux and Hala Gorani anchor coverage with Fareed Zakaria in Egypt, and Gloria Borger, John King, Henry and Jill Dougherty in DC as well as multiple correspondents in several North African and Middle Eastern countries.

FNC’s Jon Scott and Jenna Lee anchor with Mike Emanuel at the White House. Wendell Goler will anchor a special report for any Fox affiliates who choose to take it.

NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell anchors on MSNBC with a panel that includes Chuck Todd and Richard Engel.

Pres. Obama will only be doing one TV interview after the speech, and it’s not with an American broadcaster. BBC gets the sit-down with Obama at the White House. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be giving an interview to Katie Couric. This is Couric’s last day with the CBS Evening News. She’ll return to New York this afternoon to anchor her final broadcast.

(h/t Playbook)

Bob Schieffer, Erica Hill Host CBS News Town Hall with President Obama May 11

CBS News will broadcast a town hall with President Obama the morning of Wednesday, May 11. The town hall will be held at the Newseum in Washington DC, and will be moderated by “Early Show” co-anchor Erica Hill and “Face the Nation” moderator Bob Schieffer.

A live audience will ask questions focusing on the economy, with CBS News Business and Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis facilitating questions.

The town hall will be broadcast during the 8 AM hour of the “Early Show,” the following day, May 12, with excerpts appearing the evening of May 11 on the “CBS Evening News” and “Face the Nation” the following Sunday. In addition, the entire event will be streamed unedited on CBS News’ YouTube page and on CBSNews.com.

Update: CBS will host a town hall about the economy with leading Republicans, next month.

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