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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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The Scoreboard: Friday, June 13

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 210 | MSNBC: 91 | CNN: 85 | HLN: 91
  • Primetime: FNC: 241 | MSNBC: 144 | CNN: 85 | HLN: 115

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

206

TheFive:

321

Baier:

234

Greta:

187

O’Reilly:

258

Kelly:

283

Bush:

182

O’Reilly:

184

Kelly:

251

MSNBC
Wagner:

25

EdShow:

82

Sharpton:

114

Matthews:

128

Hayes:

123

Docs:

154

Cont:

Lockup:

166

Lockup:

203

CNN
Tapper:

91

Blitzer:

101

Blitzer:

94

Burnett:

110

Cooper:

75

Sixties:

103

Spot/Unguard:

107/46

Bourdain:

60

Bourdain:

79

HLN
News:

37

WWYD:

17

DrDrew:

46

Secret:

41

Grace:

81

Files:

124

Files:

140

Files:

158

Files:

209

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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.

Politics Aside, Bret Baier Finds a New Beat

Special Heart HC Hi Res resAs he rose through the journalism ranks, Fox News’ Bret Baier prided himself on out-hustling his competitors. But the last several years have presented the “Special Report” anchor with a heart-wrenching challenge mostly out of his control.

“I was asking a million questions. I was probably the most annoying father in the hospital,” Baier told TVNewser in an interview about his new book “Special Heart,” which chronicles his son Paul’s battle with congenital heart disease.

While political anchoring carries its own important responsibility, his son’s illness presented much higher-stakes. “The decision-making process is life or death,” he said, noting one important decision after Paul’s birth: wait a week for a top surgeon to return to America and operate, or go elsewhere.  He and his wife Amy “thought about it, prayed about it, and came to the conclusion to wait.”

Throughout Paul’s three open-heart surgeries and seven angioplasties, Baier still had to smile for the camera and stay sharp while reporting both on the road and in studio. “I can’t say I was 100% focused on whatever the issue of the day was,” he says. Today, the balancing act between family and work remains. “The whole experience has given me perspective, and I try to balance more than perhaps I did before.”

And how did that perspective—about family and health—impact his reporting on the Affordable Care Act? “There’s a lot of questions on both sides. The one thing I can conclusively say is that there are amazing doctors and nurses doing amazing things around our country. We all should remember that.” For Baier, there’s one “family” he’ll never forget.

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Bret Baier: Cantor Loss ‘Biggest Political Story We’ve Seen in Decades’

BaierFNC’s Bret Baier is officially ready for the midterms.

“This definitely puts you in election mode,” Baier tells TVNewser following coverage of Eric Cantor‘s loss last night in his House race primary. “Seeing this type of upset throws you right into the mix of what November will be.”

We talked with Baier this afternoon about his new book, “Special Heart,” (more on that tomorrow) but had to ask about last night’s Virginia primary and how the media were caught off guard by the results.

“There was no internal polling [at Fox News]. There wasn’t a lot of polling in the race period,” Baier says, noting that the signals he was getting from Republicans on Capitol Hill was that Cantor’s victory was a “no-brainer.”

“No one really expected it. We noted on my show last night before the numbers started coming in that it was a little closer than people thought. But still, it didn’t seem like it would happen. It’s arguably the biggest political story we’ve seen in decades. There has never been a House Majority Leader who has lost in a primary in the history of our republic.”

How Cable News Hosts Reacted to Eric Cantor Defeat

Cable news might occasionally be criticized for predictable political coverage, but last night, top anchors and reporters reacted to an unpredicted political stunner: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor‘s defeat in Virginia’s congressional primary.

“His loss marks a huge victory for the Tea Party movement,” Sean Hannity said before his exclusive interview with the victorious candidate, Dave Brat, via phone. “If you go door to door knocking, the American people know the country is heading in the wrong direction,” Brat told Hannity.

“This is a huge, huge moment in the Republican Party; it’s also a huge moment in politics,” Bret Baier said as he took over coverage during the 8pmET hour. “One of the most powerful Republicans on Capitol Hill goes down,” Megyn Kelly added later on her show.

“Shocking is an overused term in our political discourse, but this news tonight earns the term,” Rachel Maddow said while interrupting a pre-recorded “All In with Chris Hayes” (Hayes came back live at 8:38pmET). “This is the single biggest political upset I’ve ever seen in my life,” Steve Kornacki, host of “Up,” said via phone. Chuck Todd called it a “major upset,” and suggested an important ripple effect: “immigration [reform]…dead.” Todd interview Brat this morning on “Daily Rundown.”

“A seismic shift,” CNN chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash called it as Anderson Cooper broke the news. “Republicans who weren’t running scared may now start running scared,” chief political analyst Gloria Borger said.

Eric Cantor Loss is ‘Shocking,’ ‘Stunning’ and All-Encompassing on Cable News

VARaceJaws dropped in network newsrooms across the country tonight as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his congressional primary to Tea Party challenger Dave Brat.

Cable news networks went into overdrive with the stunning news. At 8:06pm MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow interrupted Chris Hayes‘ show, which had been pre-recorded. Maddow called it “a shocking development in American politics.” (Hayes returned live at 8:38pm). CNN’s Anderson Cooper called the race at 8:11pm and FNC’s Trace Gallagher broke in to the O’Reilly Factor at 8:14pmET, before Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly picked up coverage and filled out the 8pmET hour.

As vote totals came in in the 7pmET hour, the news networks began speculating that Cantor looked to go down to defeat. Dana Perino in for Greta Van Susteren on Fox News reported Cantor was trailing Brat, as did Erin Burnett on CNN, and Lou Dobbs on FBN.

And the CBS News Interview with Hillary Clinton Goes To…

Jane Pauley will interview Hillary Clinton on “CBS Sunday Morning” on June 15 as part of Clinton’s book tour for “Hard Choices.” The CBS interview rounds out the big three broadcasters, as well as CNN and Fox News, that have confirmed interviews with the presumptive presidential candidate. So here’s the order:

Bret Baier Stops By ‘Today,’ ‘O’Reilly Factor’ on Book Tour

Bret Baier‘s book about his son’s heart problems, “Special Heart: A Journey of Faith, Hope, Courage, and Love,” is out today. The Fox News Channel anchor stopped by the fourth hour of the “Today” show this morning with his wife Amy and his two sons, Paul and Daniel, to share their story.

“The reason I wrote the book is because, one, Paul is doing fantastic. And, two, we thought this book could help other people. Everybody has something, or knows somebody,” Baier told Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. “And hopefully we can be an inspiration and make some awareness out there.” Watch:

Baier also appeared on CSPAN over the weekend and Bill O’Reilly‘s Fox News program last night. Watch after the jump. Read more

Hillary Clinton to Hold Town Hall on CNN; Cynthia McFadden Gets NBC Interview

hardchoicesHillary Clinton‘s calendar is filling up with more TV news interviews tied to her new memoir. This morning CNN announced the former Secretary of State will take part in a live town hall meeting that will be moderated by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. Not long after that announcement, NBC News let us know that Clinton will be sitting down with NBC’s Cynthia McFadden for an interview that will air one week from today, June 10.

The CNN event, to take place June 17 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. will be the only network televised town hall as Clinton pushes her new memoir, “Hard Choices.”

In addition to Amanpour’s questions, Clinton will take questions from the American public with nothing off limits. The town hall will air on CNN two weeks from today at 5pmET and be simulcast on CNN International and CNN en Español. It will re-air on CNN at 9pmET.

Clinton’s first interview is with Diane Sawyer Monday, June 9. Then on the morning of June 10 the former First Lady will sit down with Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America.” Mrs. Clinton will also sit down with FNC’s Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren in a joint interview on June 17.

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