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ABC, CBS, NBC Break In with Pres. Obama Comments on Syria

With cameras clicking and flashbulbs popping, and with the leaders of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia on either side of him, Pres. Obama spoke about the situation in Syria. Obama’s remarks were recorded by the pool and fed out around 2:45pmET. They followed Secy. of State John Kerry‘s remarks earlier with results from an unclassified U.S. investigation into a chemical weapons attack in Syria last week. The president:

“We are looking at the possibility of a limited, narrow act that would help make sure that not only Syria, but others around the world, understand that the international community cares about maintaining this chemical weapons ban. Again, I repeat, we’re not considering any open-ended commitment. We’re not considering any boots on the ground approach.”

Scott Pelley anchored a special report on CBS along with Pentagon correspondent David MartinDavid Muir anchored on ABC along with Martha Raddatz. And on NBC Lester Holt along with Andrea Mitchell reported on the President’s remarks. Christiane Amanpour who splits time on CNN and ABC, was part of the special report on CNN.

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CBS’ John Miller Secures Another Boston Bombing Scoop

There is a reason why at the CBS upfront in New York yesterday, the first CBS News correspondent mentioned by name was John Miller (the only other two mentioned by name were David Martin and Clarissa Ward).

Following the Boston bombing, the Benghazi investigation and other issues that involve law enforcement, Miller has proven to have impeccable sources in the law enforcement community. That was proven again this morning as he sent other networks scrambling to confirm another scoop: that Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev scribbled a note appearing to confess to the crimes on the inside of the boat he was hiding in.

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’60 Minutes’ in Top 10 with Congressional Expose

“60 Minutes” — without the help of an NFL lead-in and up against the final minutes of the Giants-49ers game on FOX – finished as the 10th most-watched primetime show last week.

13.07 million Total Viewers watched Steve Kroft‘s expose on insider trading on Capitol Hill. The story is already the focus of Gov. Rick Perry‘s campaign for president. In a new ad,  Perry says any Congressman or woman who trades with inside information “ought to be sent to jail.” A commenter on the 60 Minutes page on CBSNews.com adds, “Perhaps we should elect Steve Kroft as he does such a good job of finding those who are corrupt in our government.”

“60 Minutes” scored with younger demos too — up +6% in A25-54 and up +11% in A18-49 compared to last week’s show. The show also included a David Martin story about the rising use of the TASER by law enforcement and a Byron Pitts feature on Freeman Hrabowski, the president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

If you missed Kroft’s report, it’s after the jump…

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Former MTP Moderator Marvin Kalb Says the New Sunday Morning Ratings Battle ‘Almost Inevitable’

He was one of CBS’s “Murrow’s Boys”, then a moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press, now a Fox News contributor.  Not surprisingly, Marvin Kalb has a lot to say about television news.

TVNewser caught up with Kalb, 81, during a visit to Chicago’s Pritzker Military Library Thursday night, during a speaking tour for a book he co-authored with his daughter Deborah KalbHaunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency From Ford to Obama addresses how the shadow of the war continues to affect White House decision-making to this day.

TVNewser: In your talk tonight you said that “today’s reporters are better educated about the military than they’ve ever been”. Which current tvnewsers do you think do a good job of covering the Pentagon, the military?

Kalb: Jim Miklaszewski at NBC does a very fine job. At CBS, David Martin is a highly-experienced, skillful, knowledgeable reporter who’s about as solid in covering the Pentagon as anybody you can find.  And there are many others as well, but those are two first-rate TV reporters.

TVNewser: I want to ask you about Andy Rooney, whom you know well and who’s in the hospital right now.  Do you know anything about his condition?

Kalb: No I don’t…Andy is a remarkable example of a reporter who started in World War II, and right up to the present day, was able to observe the nuttiness of life.  And reported with a touch of humor and class.  And he will always be among my favorites.

TVNewserFox News CEO Roger Ailes recently talked about a “course correction” for the network.  As an FNC contributor, what are your thoughts on that?

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How the Evening Newscasts Reported the Death of Muammar Gaddafi

The three U.S. evening newscasts spent a combined 32 minutes and 45 seconds on the killing of Muammar Gaddafi on their newscasts Thursday evening, extending their first blocks beyond the 10-minute mark.

A Libyan news anchor smiles while reporting the news of Muammar Gaddafi's death, as shown on NBC Nightly News Thursday night.

NBC spent 11:02 on the story, leading off with chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel on set in New York. Then reports from Adrienne Mong, the only U.S. network correspondent in Misrata, Libya, Jim Miklaszewski was at the Pentagon, Andrea Mitchell had a look-back on Gaddafi’s life and Brian Williams had an on-set interview with a counter-terrorism official.

ABC’s “World News” anchored by George Stephanopoulos spent 10:45 on the story, leading off Christiane Amanpour on set. Amanpour had the most recent U.S. network interview with Gaddafi in late February as the insurgency was flaring up. Later on “Nightline” Amanpour had an interview with an American woman who had worked for the Gaddafi family up until just a few months ago. She’d set up the Amanpour-Gaddafi interview. Jake Tapper reported from the White House, David Muir talked with a man who lost his brother in the Pan Am 103 bombing and Barbara Walters was on set to talk about her interview with the “Mad Dog of the Middle East” in 1989. Stephanopoulos added he’d interviewed Gaddafi in 2003.

The “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” spent 10:58 on the story, including the lead which was tracked by Pelley and a Skype interview with freelance American journalist Holly Pickett who rode the ambulance with Gaddafi in his final moments. Kitty Logan reported from Tripoli, David Martin was at the Pentagon, Mark Phillips had a look-back and Jim Axelrod reported on the families of the survivors of the Pan Am 103 bombing.

We’ve embedded several stories after the jump…

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Network Special Reports Planned for President Obama’s Statement on Gadhafi

The three broadcast networks will break into regular programming at 2 PM ET to cover President Obama’s statement on the death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

On NBC, Brian Williams will anchor, joined by Richard Engel in New York and Adrienne Mong in Libya. On ABC, George Stephanopoulos will anchor, joined by Christiane Amanpour–who interviewed Gadhafi in February–as well as Jake Tapper in Washington. CBS will have Bob Schieffer anchoring, with Norah O’Donnell reporting from the White House and David Martin at the Pentagon.

As usual, the cable channels will all cover the statement.

At Arlington, Pres. Obama recounts story of Travis Manion and Brendan Looney featured on CBS News

This morning, during his Memorial Day remarks at Arlington National Cemetery, Pres. Obama told the story of Travis Manion and Brendan Looney, roommates at the Naval Academy who were later both sent into battle. Lt. Travis Manion, a Marine, was killed on patrol in Iraq in April 2007. Three years later, Navy Seal Lt. Brendan Looney was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. CBS’s David Martin reported last year on how their families vowed the friends in life would be honored in death.

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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Which TVNewser Logged the Most Facetime During the Last Decade?

News consultant Andrew Tyndall has added up minutes each network news correspondent spent on the air in the last decade. And the winner?

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New Year, New Correspondent for CBS News

JC_1.1.jpgFormer ABC News legal correspondent Jan Crawford, who has dropped the Greenburg from her name, will be making her first appearance on CBS News tomorrow on “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer.” Crawford will join CBS News congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes and national security correspondent David Martin with a look ahead to 2010.

Crawford left ABC in the fall, but a non compete kept her off the air until now. Before joining ABC, Schieffer had been a mentor to Crawford.

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