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Freelance Journalist’s Reporting on Downed Plane Draws Kudos From Anderson Cooper

When breaking news situations like the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 happen, networks often depend on eyewitnesses and citizen journalists for initial coverage.

Over the last 24 hours, one of those journalists has been Noah Sneider. Sneider is an American freelance journalist who witnessed the downing of the plane in Ukraine yesterday from a small village near the crash site. He’s described the scene via phone for CNN several times since news broke yesterday morning, calling in and reporting during hours anchored by Anderson Cooper, Don Lemon, Jake Tapper, and Brooke Baldwin.

And one of those anchors took notice, praising Sneider’s reporting this afternoon.

“You wander through these fields and you pretty much have to watch every step because if you don’t you can step on a person’s organs,” Sneider recounted last night while being interviewed by Don Lemon. “It’s like it was raining body parts.”

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Expanded Evening, Morning Newscasts for Malaysia Flight 17, Israeli Ground Offensive

NBC News plane crashAs wall-to-wall coverage of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 and the launch of the Israeli ground offensive in Gaza continues, the broadcast and cable networks are planning special coverage for the evening newscasts tonight and the morning newscasts tomorrow.

All three evening newscasts will be expanded to an hour tonight. “ABC World News” will be anchored by David Muir, while “CBS Evening News” and “NBC Nightly News” will be helmed by their respective regular anchors, Scott Pelley and Brian Williams.

On CNN, Anderson Cooper will anchor from 8-10pmET and Don Lemon will anchor from 10-12pmET. After that, CNN will simulcast four hours of CNN International. In the morning, “Early Start” will be live at 4amET. CNN has several correspondents en route to Ukraine, Moscow and Amsterdam.

All three Fox News primetime shows — “The O’Reilly Factor,” “The Kelly File” and “Hannity” — will be live tonight. After “Hannity,” Megyn Kelly will host another live hour of “The Kelly File” from 11-12pmET. Steve Harrigan is en route to Ukraine for FNC. Jennifer Griffin will report from Washington and Amy Kellogg will report from London. Tomorrow morning, “Fox & Friends First” will be live an hour early at 4amET. Read more

Who Will Be the Next Hosts of ‘The View’?

The View hosts poll results

The results are in from last week’s TVNewser poll on who the next hosts of “The View” will be: Ann Curry led the way with 29.01% of the vote, followed by Meghan McCain with 19.95%, S.E. Cupp with 15.17%,  Anderson Cooper with 14.48%, and Alicia Menendez with 9.63%.

11.76% of you answered “other,” filling in the blank with candidates like Matt Lauer, Diane Sawyer, Don Lemon, and Ali Wentworth, George Stephanopoulos‘ wife.

Cable News Primetime Covers Team USA World Cup Elimination

Cuomo Brazil Last night, several primetime cable news shows covered Team USA’s valiant World Cup comeback attempt against Belgium.

At the end of “Anderson Cooper 360,” substitute host John Berman interviewed “New Day” anchor Chris Cuomo, who reported live from Brazil donning a number 1 jersey.

He said the jersey was “representative of one nation, one team.” “The U.S. soccer team has captured the hearts of the country the way it never had before.” Don Lemon led “CNN Tonight” at 10pmET with World Cup coverage, interviewing CNN’s Brazil Bureau Chief Shasta Darlington and producer Paul Vercammen, whose family is Belgian.

MSNBC’s primetime lineup covered Team USA’s defeat.  “All In with Chris Hayes” sent show producers to a New York City bar to get fan reaction following the loss.  Rachel Maddow opened her show making the connection between professional soccer players faking injuries during games and U.S. politicians faking being “grievously injured.” “That is basic pee-wee league American political strategy.”

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Richard Quest Comes Out: ‘The Work I Do Here is Better Because I’m Honest About Who I Am’

QuestGay Richard Quest did something at the end of his CNN International show today, that he wished he’d done yesterday.

On “Quest Means Business” Thursday, Quest spoke with John Browne, the former CEO of British oil giant BP, who resigned in 2007 after being outed as gay by a British tabloid. Browne has written about the episode, and about life as a CEO in the closet, in “The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out Is Good for Business.”

Quest wished he used that moment to discuss his own journey. Instead, he did it today. And he decided it is indeed good for his business as a business journalist.

If I remember back to when I wasn’t open about my sexuality, I spent a great deal of time worried about it…. about what my family would think, what would my friends, my colleagues would think, and of course, what would you think. Would the fact that I’m gay affect my creditability as a business journalist? Would you watch the program differently?

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Don Lemon Wonders if Redskins is the New N-Word for Native Americans

DonLemonThe Washington Redskins’ team name has been in the news this week after the U.S. government took away the team’s trademark protection, and yesterday, CNN’s Don Lemon penned a piece asking if that team’s name is the new N-word for Native Americans.

An offensive word that many people hate and think should be banned.Others say not so fast, there’s nothing wrong with using the word, especially when we’re talking about a group of people we hold dear, like, even love. Sounds like I’m talking about the n-word, which has been debated, discussed and reported countless times, but I’m not. This time it’s the dreaded r-word, Redskins, as in the Washington football team. Redskins, Red man and Red Indian were all used by Brits and Americans to distinguish between Indians from India and so-called Indians or Native Americans. It is very similar to the way Negro became the pejorative N-I-G-G-E-R to distinguish Africans living in Africa from Africans living in the United States. Either way you cut it, no matter the origin a word, if over time it has become a slur, a dig or an insult, should you use it, even if it is the name of your favorite team? My personal opinion is no, but you decide.

Earlier this month, Lemon wrote more specifically about the N-word, suggesting that if people want pop-star Justin Bieber to stop using the word, they should do the same.

Don Lemon: If You Don’t Want Justin Bieber Using N-Word, Shouldn’t You Do The Same?

DonLemonIn a blog post for BlackAmericaWeb.com, Don Lemon responds to two videos that showed pop-star Justin Bieber using the N-Word.

Some are saying Bieber is racist. Is he? I don’t know. But I do know that this is the danger of the proliferation of the use of the n-word. Clearly Justin Bieber, a young man who by the way, has immersed himself in black, Hip Hop culture should not be saying the n-word. So the question is, if you want people like Justin Bieber to stop using it and to stop making excuses for using it, shouldn’t you do the same?

Last summer, Lemon anchored a special for CNN, “The N-Word,” which examined Paula Deen using the word and the race issue surrounding the George Zimmerman trial.

CNN Goes Back to ‘The Sixties’

In celebration of the premiere of “The Sixties,” CNN threw a ’60s themed party Wednesday night at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal. The party was held in the same space where the network’s exhibit of ’60s artifacts is on display this week.

The party included entertainment from Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux and 1960s-themed food, including green bean casserole, turkey meatloaf and retro candy, served on TV dinner trays. Guests posed for photos with tie-dye bandanas, retro sunglasses, and inflatable guitars. The exhibit, which features one of Keith Richards‘ guitars, a lifesize replica of Mr. Rogers, and an old television camera belonging to CBS News, was also open to guests.

TVNewser spotted Don Lemon, Ashleigh Banfield, John Berman, Brian Stelter and his wife, NY1′s Jamie Stelter, Christine Romans and Sally Kohn. CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker introduced the Fab Faux before they took the stage around 8 p.m. Also in attendance: Indra Petersons, Allison Kosik, Poppy Harlow, Sam Feist, Dan Abrams, and Chris Cuomo, whose brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, was on hand to open the exhibit at Grand Central on Tuesday.

“The Sixties” is a ten-part series that kicks off the network’s new primetime programming slate. The first installment airs tonight at 9pmET.

Don Lemon on Recognizing Mental Health Issues During Former Relationship

DonLemonIn a blog post, Don Lemon talks about the mental health problems 22-year-old Elliot Rodger‘s hid from police before killing seven people, including himself, on Friday in Isla Vista, California.

Lemon opens up about his own experience seeing the signs of mental illness.

And from my personal experience that is usually the case with those who hide their mental health issues from friends and coworkers. I dealt with it recently for five years in a relationship. To this day, no one other than me and a few family members know.

The CNN anchor goes on to note that if there’s nothing in a person’s outward behavior to suggest impending violence, there’s not much a friend or spouse can do.

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin, Carol Costello Move to NYC

costello baldwinTwo CNN anchors are making the move from Atlanta to New York this summer. Beginning in August, Brooke Baldwin and Carol Costello will anchor their respective hours of “CNN Newsroom” from NYC. Costello anchors “Newsroom” from 9-11amET and Baldwin helms the 2-4pmET hours.

“Carol Costello and Brooke Baldwin will move to New York to anchor their weekday CNN Newsroom shows, beginning in August. There will be no other changes to those shows’ production team,” a CNN spokesperson told TVNewser. “Atlanta is, and always will be, a critical part of CNN Worldwide’s operations. It remains home to much of our programming and content, including the production for many of our shows, CNN’s worldwide newsgathering operations, CNN Digital, CNN International, CNN en Espanol, HLN and Newsource.”

Other CNN shows that are anchored from New York but produced in Atlanta: “CNN Newsroom” with Don Lemon” and “Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield. Wolf Blizter‘s 1pmET “Wolf” is produced in Atlanta but anchored in DC. A CNN source tells us having the anchors in New York gives them more on-set guest opportunities.

The shift means all of CNN’s weekday programs will be anchored from New York or DC. When Jeff Zucker took over as CNN Worldwide president, he said: ““Atlanta will continue to be the home for CNN and continue to be the backbone of CNN.”

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