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CNN Live Shot Drowned Out By Shouts of ‘Glenn Beck’

At the start of segment with CNN Radio Capitol Hill correspondent Lisa Desjardins this afternoon, CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield forewarned the audience there might be some yelling during the report.

There was. Including shouts of “go home, CNN” and the crowd chanting the name of Fox News host Glenn Beck.

Desjardins held it together even asking the crowd: “What do you think of Congressman Joe Wilson?” Check out their reaction:

CNN and FNC Go Wall-To-Wall With Iran Protest


After last weekend’s criticism over a lack of U.S. cable news coverage of the post-Iranian election protests, at least two of those networks – CNN and Fox News – have been going wall-to-wall with coverage today.

CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield anchored much of the afternoon coverage getting reports from correspondents Christiane Amanpour in London, Susan Candiotti at a protest in New York at Ivan Watson at the “Iran Desk” in Atlanta. Why Atlanta? Watson explained: “It’s because we received this fax – our team in Tehran – from the Iranian government, banning us from working in Iran. From sending any dispatches without prior approval of the Iranian authorities.”

Fox News also remained in continuing coverage through the afternoon preempting taped programs “Fox News Watch” and “Journal Editorial Report” during the 2pmET hour. And weekday anchor Shepard Smith was in to host the Saturday edition of his Fox Report at 7pmET.

With a multitude of new YouTube videos from today’s protests in Tehran in favor of Mir-Hossein Mousavi, and up-to-the-moment Tweets (reliable information or not) the cable networks were able to keep the Iran protest programming going.

Smith summed up how this story has changed how networks report what’s going on. “The Associated Press is reporting at least one dead in Iran today,” said Smith. “And I’m sad to say that we’ve seen videos of at least three dead people. So for us to go forward and say ‘one dead’ would really not be as close to the truth as what we’ve seen.”

MSNBC stayed with its afternoon taped programming, producing bottom-of-the-hour updates on the protests.

> Update: Smith, still anchoring live at 8:42pmET says, “This is Fox News Channel – proud to be the only network of news in America with live and continuing coverage of a seminal moment of…what could be a seminal moment in world history. Fox News Channel is live tonight for you. The competitors are not.” CNN is airing a “Money Summit.” MSNBC is airing “Lockup.”

> Update 2: CNN’s Christiane Amanpour anchored a live hour at 9pmET while Geraldo Rivera anchored from 9-11pmET and included guest Mike Huckabee whose FNC show was preempted.

Israel-Gaza Ground War Changes Cable Plans

CNNGaza_1.3.jpgThe cable news channels have been covering breaking news from Gaza for much of the afternoon. The official word of Israeli Defense Force ground troops moving in to Palestinian territory was reported around 1:40pmET this afternoon, but had been expected for days.

Fredricka Whitfield anchored much of the afternoon on CNN with Don Lemon picking up at 5pmET.


Fox News correspondent David Lee Miller is along the border. Viewers could see IDF troops on the move behind him during his live shots. FNC tells TVNewser they will preempt regular programming until 7pmET at which point Fox Report will air. The network has added two live hours of Geraldo at 8pmET and 10pmET which will cover the crisis.

MSNBCGaza_1.3.jpgMSNBC interrupted its afternoon documentaries just after 1:30pmET and has been in live coverage since. Peter Alexander, who anchored the morning show as well, was joined by Chris Jansing at 2pmET from Los Angeles. Contessa Brewer took over for Alexander at 5pmET. With the NFL on NBC there is no Nightly News so network correspondents including Tom Aspell, Martin Fletcher and Andrea Mitchell continue to report for the cable channel.

As for the broadcast networks, it appears CBS News did not have a correspondent in Israel or inside Gaza. SKY News correspondent Dominic Waghorn reported for the CBS Evening News from along the border. For ABC’s “World News,” Miguel Marquez reported from Jerusalem and Simon McGregor-Wood was in Sderot, Israel, near Gaza.

> Update from a reader: CBS Radio correspondent Robert Berger has been filing reports from Jerusalem during the on-the-hour casts all day…

Marvelous Mal’s Return to the Olympics Includes CNN Anchor/Daughter

CNNWhitfield_8.14.jpgCNN’s Fredricka Whitfield is leaving Monday for China, but she’s not just going to report on the games, or the athletes, or on Beijing. Whitfield will be reporting on her father, former U.S. Olympian Mal Whitfield and his return to the Olympics with several other octogenarian athletes.

60 years ago, Marvelous Mal won two gold medals (800 meters and 4×400 relay) and a bronze (400 meters) at the London Olympics. Four years later in Helsinki he won gold again in the 800m and silver in the 4x400m.

Mal Whitfield was inspired as a child watching the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. “Four years later,” he told CNN’s Don Lemon in an interview this afternoon, “I was energized by this great man called Jesse Owens.” He’s now 83 years old and, for the last month, along with his daughter, he’s been gearing up for a return to the games.

Fredricka Whitfield’s reports from Beijing will begin airing next week on CNN.

Now, if anyone is around to document this in 60 years, let’s see if Michael Phelps, who will also be 83, goes on CNN with his anchor/daughter, talking about his Beijing experience and preparing to go to the 2068 Baghdad Olympics. It could happen.