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Families of Elliot Rodger’s Victims Upset By Media Attention Given to Killer

UCSBParentsThe parents of David Wang and George Chen, two of the first victims of Elliot Rodger during his killing spree last month, tell CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy no one from Rodger’s family has reached out to them.

“We want to hear some personal condolence and apologize, and this is the minimum they should do,” says George Chen’s father Johnny Chen. Tracy reached out to Elliot Rodger’s father Peter Rodger last night, who has now sent a letter of condolence. That’s too late for the families, who say the killer and his family have been given too much media attention, including Barbara Walters‘ sit-down with Peter Rodger scheduled to air as a “20/20″ special tomorrow night.

Tracy says the couples hadn’t planned on speaking to the media, but felt a responsibility in hopes of preventing future similar tragedies. WATCH: Read more

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Sweeps Stunts: ‘Today’ Bringing Back Homeless Man With Golden Voice, ‘GMA’ Goes Tightrope Walking

Ah, May Sweeps, when the network morning shows go all out with field segments and special guests. On NBC’s “Today” this morning, it was announced that the show would be bringing back Ted Williams, AKA the “homeless man with the golden voice” for an exclusive interview next week. Williams was flooded with job offers (including a voiceover gig with MSNBC) but has since fallen off the radar, and reportedly into rehab.

Meanwhile, on “Good Morning America,” it was revealed that ABC will have a Summer stunt special in June, which will see daredevil Nik Wallenda attempt to walk a tightrope over Niagara Falls. ABC will televise the walk live on Friday, June 15, as part of a three-hour primetime special on dangerous stunts.

Speaking of dangerous stunts, CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy learned about the ridiculous sport called “Highlining,” and learned how to do it himself.

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‘CBS This Morning’ Review: Mold Broken, Comfort Zones Stretched, ‘An A for Effort’

Today’s debut of “CBS This Morning” was worth the price of admission just for the pleasure of watching 70-year-old Charlie Rose look into the camera and say: “It’s a huge Twitter topic that Twitter friends have been Tweeting.”

PBS’s cerebral late-night host was probably thinking: #WTF?

As the producers no doubt instantly realized, Rose’s comfort zone does not extend seamlessly to pop-culture stories like Beyonce and Jay-Z’s new baby. Still, he gets an A for effort, and so does the show.

Given CBS’s unbroken record of failure dating back to the launch of its first morning broadcast in 1954, executive producer Chris Licht made good on his promise to break the mold. There was no goofy weatherguy, no raucous fans outside the studio and, most important, no phony chit-chat among anchors.

In fact, unlike Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC’s hit ‘Morning Joe,’ (Licht’s previous credit), Rose and Gayle King rarely appeared together on set. He fronted the hard news-driven 7 a.m. hour, with the affable King on the lighter stuff from 8 to 9. Erica Hill, lone holdover from CBS’s ‘Early Show,’ crossed over both hours.

Instead of the traditional couch, they sat around a round glass table – perhaps an homage to Rose’s wood model on PBS. The glass-walled Green Room, which does have a couch, is also on set, which may well turn out to be a short-lived experiment.

There were several live shots of rocker Melissa Etheridge and Julianna Margulies, star of CBS’s ‘The Good Wife,’ chatting on said couch. They may or may not have been noshing on bagels. Don’t be surprised if this novelty wears off quickly. Many celebs, particularly those outside the CBS family, are not eager to be seen behind the curtain.

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‘Sunday Morning’ Continues to Shine for CBS

CBS “Sunday Morning” continued its longtime ratings success  in the second quarter of 2011, posting a yearly increase of +8% in total viewers from the same quarter last year. The show, which is hosted by Charles Osgood, has been the top Sunday news program for the past 129 broadcasts.

The June 26 broadcast of “Sunday Morning” — which focused largely on the American economy — drew 4.15M total viewers. Year-to-date, the show is up +4% in total viewers.

CBS “Sunday Morning” airs from 9 – 10:30 a.m. on the east coast. Tomorrow’s program includes Ben Tracy reporting on Prince William and Kate Middleton’s trip to California, as well as a profile on Tom Jones by correspondent Mark Phillips.

CBS News Slates Royal Wedding Coverage Plans

CBS news is the latest organization to slate its coverage of the upcoming Royal Wedding.

“CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric will lead the network’s coverage, and will anchor the evening news program from London beginning the Wednesday before the wedding, April 27.

“The Early Show”‘s Erica Hill will also be in London, and will co-anchor from the Tower of London starting Monday, April 25.

On Friday, Couric and Hill will anchor live starting at 5 AM ET, joined by correspondents Elizabeth Palmer, Troy Roberts, Michelle Miller and Ben Tracy, as well as “Royals contributor” Victoria Arbiter.

That evening at 8 PM CBS will have a primetime special, “The Royal Wedding: Modern Majesty.”

More information in the network’s release, after the jump.

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CBS News correspondent joins the board of his alma mater

Ben Tracy, a Los Angeles-based correspondent for CBS News, has joined the board of directors of Marquette University in Milwaukee. 34-year-old Tracy is a 1998 graduate of Marquette and earned his Master’s there in 2004.

Anchors, Reporters in Place in Tucson, as Finger Pointing begins in Shootings of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, 19 Others

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos co-anchored “Good Morning America” and Christiane Amanpour hosted “This Week” from outside University Medical Center in Tucson.

NBC’s Lester Holt was live outside the shopping center where the massacre occurred as was MSNBC anchor/NBC News correspondent Chris Jansing.

FNC’s Mike Tobin was in place for Fox & Friends which was anchored by the weekday team. Ben Tracy reported for CBS’ “Sunday Morning,” and CNN’s Susan Candiotti reported for CNN.

The blame is being placed squarely on suspect Jared Loughner, and possibly an accomplice. But fingers are being pointed in all directions, including at the media. Giffords’ colleagues have been sounding off on news programs, the Sheriff of Pima County, AZ, a friend of Giffords, says “Arizona has become the capital,” of the ratcheted-up rhetoric from radio and TV talkers, even Giffords herself talked about it in an interview with MSNBC in March, which was used in a story on “This Week” this morning. Giffords’ words:

“We really need to realize the rhetoric and the firing people up, and you know even things for example, we’re on Sarah Palin’s targeted list. But the thing is, the way that she has it depicted with the cross-hairs of a gun sight over our district. When people do that, they’ve got to realize there’s consequences to that action.”

Palin gave her condolences on her Facebook wall yesterday afternoon: “My sincere condolences are offered to the family of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other victims of today’s tragic shooting in Arizona. On behalf of Todd and my family, we all pray for the victims and their families, and for peace and justice.”

How Did Juan Williams Factor on the Evening Newscasts?

The Juan Williams NPR firing, in the context of the perception of Muslims in America as well as other journalists who’ve lost their jobs recently, lead two of the three evening newscasts last night: ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” with a story reported by Sharyn Alfonsi and the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric” in a story reported by Ben Tracy.

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” covered the story about halfway through the broadcast in a story reported by Mike Taibbi. The evening newscasts are watched by an average of 16 million people every night. We’ll have ratings for Williams’s “O’Reilly Factor” appearance later this afternoon.

Watch all three evening news stories after the jump…

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