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Malaysia Airlines Jet Shot Down in Ukraine

Malaysia AirlinesCable news networks scrambled this morning to cover a Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down along the Ukraine/Russia border.

All three broadcast networks provided special coverage of the crash. NBC News cut in at 11:39amET with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchoring in New York and Tom Costello reporting from Washington, DC.

CBS News cut in at 11:40amET with Margaret Brennan anchoring in New York and Bob Orr reporting from Washington, DC. ABC News cut in at 11:41amET with David Muir anchoring in New York.

CNN’s John Berman first reported on the crash at 11:22amET. Fox News’ Jon Scott first reported the news at 11:27amET. MSNBC’s Tamron Hall broke the news at 11:33amET. Al Jazeera America has switched to Al Jazeera English to cover the plane crash, live from Moscow.

Developing

>>Update: Reuters is reporting the plane was shot down by militants killing all 295 passengers aboard.
>>Update: Scott Pelley took over for Margaret Brennan at 11:57amET.
>>Update: George Stephanopoulos took over for David Muir at 12:08pmET.
>>Update: Anderson Cooper took over coverage from John Berman at 12:17pmET. Shepard Smith took over coverage from “Outnumbered” at 12:30pmET.
>>Update: Brian Williams took over for Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie at 12:59pmET.
>>Update: CNN’s Nic Robertson, Ivan Watson, and Phil Black are en route to Ukraine; Erin McLaughlin is heading to Amsterdam; Matthew Chance is en route to Moscow.
>>Update: CNN is preempting “The Sixties” tonight for special coverage of the Malaysia Airlines crash with Anderson Cooper anchoring from 8pm-10pmET.
>>Update: Malaysia Airlines will hold a press conference at 4pmET.
>>Update: CBS News is sending Foreign Correspondent Mark Phillips to Ukraine; CBS News Correspondent Seth Doane to Malaysia; and CBS News Foreign Correspondent Elizabeth Palmer to Amsterdam.
>>Update: President Obama made a statement at 2:10pmET. The president said the U.S. is currently trying to find out whether there were American citizens on board.
>>Update: CBS ended its special report at 2:30pmET.
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The Ticker: Clinton, CBS Correspondents, Comedy

  • Chelsea Clinton, who has been absent from NBC News since January despite the recent report that her annual salary is $600,000, has done two stories for “Nightly” expected to air “shortly,” according to AP’s David Bauder. NBC wanted to “avoid the appearance of a conflict” by having her on the air around the time of her mother’s book tour, Bauder reports.

  • Capital New York’s Alex Weprin talks to three female CBS correspondentsElizabeth Palmer, Holly Williams and Clarissa Ward — currently reporting in Iraq and Syria. “I think the one benefit in this part of the world being a woman is that sometimes it can be quite disarming for people to see women, to see a foreign women, and they are perhaps less likely to be suspicious of a foreign woman than a foreign man, less of a threat,” Williams said.

  • Fusion’s Yannis Pappas will premiere his first half-hour stand-up special at 12:30 a.m. Friday on Comedy Central. Watch a preview after the jump.

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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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More Correspondents Travel to Ukraine

fox ukraineMore correspondents are up and running from Ukraine as Russian and Ukrainian forces remain in a tense standoff in the country’s Crimea region. Secretary of State John Kerry, who flew to Kiev overnight, meets with government officials there today.

Several correspondents are traveling to Kiev with Secretary Kerry, including NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, ABC chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz and CBS State Department correspondent Margaret Brennan.

Fox News’ Shepard Smith is in Kiev, where he will anchor “Shepard Smith Reporting” from Kiev and report across all Fox News’ programs today. Tomorrow he will anchor and report from Crimea.

CNN has a number of correspondents in the region, including Matthew Chance, Anna Coren and Claudia Rebaza in Kiev and Diana Magnay and Ben Wedeman in Crimea.

Also in Ukraine, as we told you yesterday: Terry Moran and Alex Marquardt for ABC, Bill Neely and Ian Williams for NBC, Elizabeth Palmer, Clarissa Ward, and Charlie D’Agata for CBS, Anderson Cooper for CNN, Amy Kellogg for Fox News, and Nick Schifrin, Jennifer Glasse, and Phil Ittner for Al Jazeera America.

Broadcast and Cable Networks Dispatch Correspondents to Ukraine

Ukraine CBS CoverageAs tensions escalate in Ukraine, cable and broadcast networks are ramping up their presence in the region.

Each of the broadcast networks have correspondents in Ukraine: Bill Neely is in Simferopol for NBC News, Alex Marquardt is in Crimea for ABC News and Elizabeth Palmer is in Sevastopol for CBS News. Charlie D’Agata and Clarissa Ward are also reporting from Kiev for CBS.

As for the cable networks: Anderson Cooper is headed to the region for CNN to anchor “AC360″ tonight. Fox News correspondent Amy Kellogg is live from Kiev today, and MSNBC has been using NBC’s Neely for live shots from the region. Nick Schifrin and Jennifer Glasse are on the ground in Simferopol for Al Jazeera America, and Phil Ittner is reporting from Kiev for the network.

Ukraine received extensive coverage on the Sunday public affairs shows yesterday, with Secretary of State John Kerry appearing on all the broadcast shows — except one. “For the record, we invited Secretary of State John Kerry to join us today,” Chris Wallace said on “Fox News Sunday.” “But although the White House put him out on all the other broadcast Sunday shows, they declined to make him available to us or you.”

>Update: Shepard Smith is also traveling to Ukraine for Fox News. He will anchor “Shepard Smith Reporting” and report for the network’s daytime and primetime shows from Kiev.

Al Jazeera Launches Global Day of Action to Free Staffers Jailed in Egypt

al jazeera global day of actionRallies are planned in more than 30 cities today as part of Al Jazeera’s Global Day of Action in solidarity with Mohamed Fahmy, Peter Greste, and Baher Mohamed, its journalists jailed in Egypt.

Al Jazeera America is collecting images from demonstrations around the world and posting them to a live blog. Heather Allan, the head of newsgathering for the network, is also participating in a Reddit Ask Me Anything Q+A about the #FreeAJStaff campaign today.

“Today we invite every believer of free journalism to show solidarity and support for journalists who have been detained, mistreated or stifled in Egypt and elsewhere,” Al Jazeera America interim CEO Ehab Al Shihabi wrote in a note to AJAM staff this morning.

Many media outlets around the world have joined the cause: last week, an international group of television executives called for the journalists’ release. The protests are also getting coverage on other networks: on “CBS This Morning” today, correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reported from London, where protestors in Trafalgar Square released black balloons into the sky as part of the demonstration.

“We are grateful for the support we have been receiving from across the world, from within the journalism profession, and from NGOs, politicians and members of the public,” Shihabi wrote. “The message that these detentions are unjustified is loud and clear.”

CNN’s Michael Holmes Reports from Iraq

michael holmes cnnAs a new wave of violence rocks Iraq, CNN’s Michael Holmes is reporting live from Baghdad this week. In addition to interviewing the former Iraqi Prime Minister yesterday, Holmes wrote a CNN.com story detailing how it feels to be reporting from the region right now:

The feeling in Baghdad today is one of dread — dreading the next car bomb or suicide attack or assassination. The city isn’t lacking a security presence — it is awash in it. Two years ago there were checkpoints, but nowhere near the number we’ve seen these past days, nor were those manning those checkpoints as, let’s say, fastidious as they are now.

Just moving around the city is an exercise in moving from one checkpoint to the next, each manned by young men who themselves, one imagines, fear the next car could be the last one they ever inspect.

Elizabeth Palmer is also reporting from Iraq for CBS News.

CBS’ Elizabeth Palmer on ‘Dangerous and Exhausting’ Reporting From Syria

elizabeth palmer in syriaIn an interview with Forbes, CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer gives a firsthand account of what she has seen on her reporting trips to Syria. Palmer says conditions for journalists have “changed as the war has worsened” and offers details on what a typical day of reporting is like:

Some of each day goes to negotiating with Syria’s Ministry of Information, trying to get authorization to go to see certain areas or people. It can be very frustrating. We must rely heavily on Syrian colleagues whom we know and trust. These days it’s necessary to travel everywhere with a letter from the Ministry to get through the military checkpoints every few blocks. Sometimes we venture off the grid, out from under Ministry surveillance – and that is dangerous and exhausting. Especially now that this war is full of shifting allegiances, and moving fronts. The risk is not only sniper fire or shells, but kidnap too.

Pres. Obama: ‘I Have Decided the U.S. Should Take Military Action,’ But Will Seek Congressional Authorization First

In the Rose Garden this afternoon, President Obama said he has decided the United States “should take military action” against Syria, but he said he will wait for an authorization from the out-of-session Congress first.

The Saturday statement, during the long Labor Day holiday sent the news networks into high gear. Wolf Blitzer anchored coverage on CNN, Bret Baier was in for Fox News, Alex Witt anchored on MSNBC and  Richelle Carey anchored on Al Jazeera America. All had their White House and Pentagon correspondents as well as military analysts dialed in for coverage which began before 1pm. CNBC and FBN also carried the statement. The president’s remarks were supposed to have begun at 1:15. He was delayed about 35 minutes.

On the broadcast networks, George Stephanopoulos anchored on ABC along with Terry Moran and Martha Raddatz. On CBS, Jim Axelrod anchored with Major Garrett at the White House and Elizabeth Palmer in Damascus. She is one of the few Western TV journalists in Syria right now. NBC aired two reports during coverage of the English Premiere League. The first anchored by David Gregory at 1:27 previewed with reports form Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Richard Engel. Gregory broke in again when the president spoke, then quickly returned to soccer following the statement.

CNN reports that Syrian State Television also carried the President’s remarks live.

One member of the press shouted a question as the president departed: “Will you forgo a strike if congress disapproves?” There was no answer.

Network Correspondents Converge On Syria And Surrounding Countries

All eyes are turning to Syria, as escalated rhetoric suggests that a U.S. attack could be imminent. Unlike Iraq, which saw correspondents reporting while embedded with U.S. troops or from the balcony of their hotels, it is not nearly as clear whether U.S. networks will have the same presence in Syria.

It seems as though the situation is fluid for pretty much every network, so things will likely change before any potential U.S. action. That said, some outlets have people in place inside Syria, while others are working on it. Interestingly, two U.S. networks (NBC and ABC) are relying on UK correspondents for reports out of Damascus.

CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer arrived recently in Damascus (see photo to above), and is expected to be there for some time. She reported for the “CBS Evening News” and “CBS This Morning.” NBC News’ Richard Engel reported from Syria earlier this week, and is currently on the Turkey/Syria border. ITN’s Bill Neely is in Damascus (NBC and ITN share some content and correspondents), and has been reporting there for NBC, and Ayman Mohyeldin is reporting from Beirut. ABC News has chief foreign correspondent Terry Moran and Middle East correspondent Alexander Marquardt reporting from Beruit, Lebanon, Muhammad Lila from Antakaya, Turkey, Matt Gutman from the northern Israeli city of Haifa, Molly Hunter from Jerusalem and the BBC’s Jeremy Bowen contributing to ABC News coverage from Damascus.

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