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Mass Shooting at Ft. Hood, TX; Ivan Lopez Identified as Shooter

A mass shooting at Ft. Hood, Texas this afternoon has the news networks in continuing coverage tonight. The shots rang out at 4:50pmCT. The gunman has been identified as 34-year-old Ivan Lopez, an enlisted soldier, who killed himself. At least four people are dead, including Lopez, and 14 others wounded.

On Fox News, Bret Baier first reported the news at 6:08pmET, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer broke in at 6:13 and MSNBC’s Al Sharpton reported the news at 6:15. The story was the lead of the first feeds of the three evening network newscasts, with updates throughout and for later feeds. Brian Williams also updated NBC primetime viewers in the Eastern and Central time zones at 9:07pmET. As the incident took place on a military base, DC-based Justice and Pentagon correspondents led the reporting: Pierre Thomas for ABC, Bob Orr for CBS, Jim Miklaszewski for NBC, Barbara Starr for CNN and Jennifer Griffin for Fox News.

Fox News pre-empted “The O”Reilly Factor” and had Shepard Smith at the Fox News Deck at 8pmET. Megyn Kelly picked up at 9. John Berman was in for Anderson Cooper at 8pm and Blitzer was back at 9pm. Alex Wagner was in for Chris Hayes at 8 and Rachel Maddow picked up at 9 on MSNBC.

“We’re heartbroken something like this might have happened again,” Pres. Obama said in a statement from Chicago, adding investigators will ”get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”

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At a 10:45pm news conference, Ft. Hood Commanding General Mark Milley said the assailant had served four months in Iraq in 2011 and was “undergoing behavioral health and psychiatric treatment” for depression and anxiety, but had not been diagnosed with PTSD. Armed with a .45 caliber Smith & Wesson, which was not registered on the base, the gunman killed three military personal. Sixteen others were wounded. The gunman was stopped by a female officer who drew her weapon, at which point Lopez turned the gun on himself.

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Networks Cover Announcement: ‘MH370 Ended in the Southern Indian Ocean’

The broadcast networks all interrupted their programming around 10amET to cover the Malaysian Prime Minister’s announcement that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 “ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”

ABC News aired a special report with “Good Morning America’s” Josh Elliott anchoring along with correspondent David Kerley, anchor Bob Woodruff in Kuala Lumpur, correspondent David Wright in Australia, correspondent Gloria Riviera in Beijing, and contributor Steve Ganyard.

NBC News aired a special report on the broadcast network with “Today’s” Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchoring in New York, correspondent Bob Hager, correspondent Tom Costello in Washington, foreign correspondent Kier Simmons from Kuala Lumpur, and chief global correspondent Bill Neely in Australia.

CBS News also aired a special report with Charlie Rose and Clarissa Ward anchoring. Correspondent Holly Williams reported from Australia, correspondent Seth Doane from Kuala Lumpur, and correspondent Bob Orr from Washington, D.C.

The cable news networks also carried extended coverage of the news.

Bill O’Reilly Doesn’t Think the AP Phone Taps Will ‘Amount to Much’

When a media outlet becomes the news, it’s interesting to watch how other media outlets cover the story. At issue today, the Justice Department admitting it secretly recorded phone conversations of five AP reporters and an editor. It was a big story on all the morning shows. (We already told you about the reaction on “Morning Joe” from the AP’s executive editor.) On “CBS This Morning” Bob Orr called it “a very aggressive investigation.” On the “Today” show Pete Williams called it “an unusually broad government effort.” But on “Good Morning America,” Fox News host Bill O’Reilly said this may be the least of Pres. Obama’s worries.

“I don’t think that’s going to amount to much,” O’Reilly said of the phone taps. “It looks like they went through the warrant process and they had authorization to look at these records — the Justice Department did. But president Obama, he’s got some problems now. He better start to get control of the situation because there’s a lot of stuff going on.”

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.

David Rhodes: Bin Laden News, with Lara Logan On-Air Led to “Extraordinary” Night for CBS News

CBS News president David Rhodes spoke to TVNewser earlier today about his network’s plans for covering the Osama Bin Laden news today and throughout the week, as well as his thoughts on how his network handled coverage last night.

Rhodes says that having Lara Logan on-air reporting on Bin Laden–the same night “60 Minutes” ran a piece on her assault in Egypt–made the coverage all the more important and impressive.

TVNewser: What does CBS News have planned for this story tonight?

David Rhodes: We are looking for a lot, the main thing we have going at this point is that we are doing an hour, instead of a half-hour, at 6:30. Katie [Couric] is going to be anchoring that, and that special edition of “Evening News” will all be on this one story.

“60 Minutes” will be doing something on Bin Laden Sunday, can you see expanded coverage on CBS the rest of the week?

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Bin Laden Killed: Timing of the Reports

As for the timing of the network special reports: NBC was up first at 10:45pm, with David Gregory and later Brian Williams anchoring and Chuck Todd at the White House. ABC News with George Stephanopoulos was next less then a minute later with Jake Tapper at the White House, and CBS News, with Russ Mitchell anchoring, went live about :30 after ABC with Chip Reid at the White House and Lara Logan and Bob Orr in the DC bureau.

The New York Times’ Brian Stelter reports on how the Bin Laden announcement leaked out.

Obama Delivers Statement on Arrest in Attempted Bombing

President Obama delivered a statement this morning at 11:06amET on the arrest of a suspect in the weekend’s failed Times Square bombing. The president had been scheduled to speak at the Business Council about rebuilding the economy.

Diane Sawyer anchored a special report for ABC News with with correspondents Brian Ross and Pierre Thomas, and Katie Couric anchored a special report for CBS News with correspondent Bob Orr. CBS went back to regular programming at 11:10amET and ABC went back at 11:13amET

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The cable news and business nets also carried the president’s statement on the suspect and the attempted bombing. CNN stayed into five minutes of the president’s economic remarks.

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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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War Correspondents Speak Out On Afghanistan. Engel: ‘I Honestly Think it’s Probably Time to Start Leaving the Country’

Engel_10.9.jpgRichard Engel of NBC News and Lara Logan of CBS News are two of the longest-serving correspondents covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But during this week, as the 8th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan is marked, both Logan and Engel are making headlines for taking sides in the debate about what to do next.

Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday, Engel declared, “I honestly think it’s probably time to start leaving the country. I really don’t see how this is going to end in anything but tears.”

Engel’s comments — which came in response to the question, “What did you see in Afghanistan?” — have become part of the political debate. In an interview later Thursday on CNN, Wisconsin democratic Sen. Russ Feingold repeatedly quoted Engel in a making the case for a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops.

“The idea of going in to nation-build and win hearts and minds, I think, over the long term is kind of a loser,” Engel said. “Going in to try and convince the people that we’re there to develop democracy and develop hearts and minds — the Afghans don’t want it, they don’t want it from us.”

During the weekly CBSNews.com program Washington Unplugged, Bob Orr, asked Logan about a counter-terrorist option supported by VP Joe Biden. “Disaster… absolute disaster.” said Logan, “There’s no way it would work. You can’t do any of those things if you don’t have more security in the country.”

On Monday, Engel will speak at the RTNDA’s Murrow Awards dinner. Engel’s ‘Tip of the Spear’ series on the war is being honored.

Click continued to see the Logan appearance on CBSNews.com…

> Update: On the “Today” show this morning Meredith Vieira asked Engel about his comments. Engel: “Well, when I spend a lot of time in Afghanistan and in Iraq, it’s easy to draw comparisons between the two and obviously I’m not trying to advocate any kind of policy, that’s for the decision makers to do and I know they’re meeting and spending hours and hours doing that. But when I talk to soldiers who’ve been also deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq and many Afghans, they say the two conflicts are very different. And just because the surge strategy, which won the hearts and minds in Iraq, there is no reason to assume that it could also succeed in Afghanistan.”

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Cablers Cover Shootings/Hostage Situation in Binghamton, NY

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CNN was first of the cable news channels with the news of a shooting and hostage situation at an immigration center in the upstate New York city of Binghamton, at 11:58amET. HLN followed two minutes later, MSNBC reported it at 12:10pm and Fox News at 12:13.

ABC News broke in with a special report at 12:39pmET:

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>Update: 1pmET – NBC News airs a special report.

>Update: 2pmET – With as many as 13 killed the cable networks are in continuing coverage while taking commercial breaks.

>Update: 5pmET – CBS’s Bob Orr gets exclusive details on what happened:

• Shooter drives his car to back of building, barricades the door. Walks in the front door shoots receptionist in head and kills 2 others at front desk. Goes to the southwest corner of the building where test being taken, shoots 11 people there and then kills himself, total 15 dead. Never took any hostages, other people in building hid and barricaded themselves, swat teams had to go through the buildings. He was carrying a bag had two guns, a 9 mm with extended clip and a .45 and a bag that had survival gear, extra ammunition and hunting knife. Described as a “classic spree killing,” by Orr’s source, a senior law enforcement official.

>More, after the jump: Johnny Dollar has the video as Fox News anchors get “Sterned.” “This is no time for a joke.”

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