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Fox News Discusses CNN’s ‘Constant Coverage’ of Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight

Screen Shot 2014-03-16 at 12.42.43 PMThis morning, both the media criticism shows, FNC’s “Media Buzz” and CNN’s “Reliable Sources” covered the coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Fox News contributor Lauren Ashburn, was critical of CNN’s saturation coverage, but admitted to watching the network when news breaks. “CNN is taking it to the next level and it is becoming dominant,” said Ashburn, adding, “We’re missing all other stories like the CIA spying scandal, Ukraine has been knocked off the front page. But if I do want to know about news I turn to CNN because it is 24/7.”

Host Howard Kurtz added, “CNN’s ratings [are] up nearly 67% in prime time, at least in the first few days” of the coverage.

Meanwhile, over on CNN, instead of beginning at 11amET as usual, “Reliable Sources” was pushed back a few minutes (at 11:30 as well), for the latest on the search for the flight, and other news, including the vote in Crimea. Among his segments, host Brian Stelter talked with psychologist Dr. Gail Saltz about why TV viewers are tuning in: “They want someone to hold accountable and right now we can’t figure out who’s to blame,” said Saltz. “This nebulousness keeps us riveted until we have someone to old accountable.”

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Are NBC and CBS taking a competitive swipe at an ABC affiliate?

This morning, CBS’ “The Early Show” and NBC’s “Today” show produced stories on the criminal case against  Heidi Jones, a weathercaster on WABC, ABC’s flagship O&O and the dominant news station in New York.

Jones, who does weekend weather for WABC and has filled in on “Good Morning America”, is accused of filing a false police report. She told the NYPD that someone tried to rape her as she was jogging in Central Park. Jones, who is a marathon runner and hosts a website called Run With Heidi, has been suspended and is facing misdemeanor charges. WABC reported the news on its Noon and 5pm newscasts Wednesday and the story is on their website.

WCBS-TV in New York aired stories on their Noon, 5, 6 and 11pm newscasts yesterday. Then this morning, “The Early Show” produced a package on the case which set up a segment during which Harry Smith talked with psychologist Jennifer Hartstein and CBS News legal analyst (and former NBC, ABC and CourtTV anchor) Jack Ford.

NBC News sent reporter Mike Taibbi to Central Park to front the story at 7:30amET and again at 9am on “Today.” Then anchor Meredith Vieira talked about it with psychiatrist Gail Saltz.

Were CBS and NBC really trying to shed light on this story, or just take a shot at a strong, local competitor? Let us know what you think in the comments.

The Ticker: BlackRock, Gupta, ‘GMA’ Proposal

> CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo is anchoring “Closing Bell” live today (3-5pmET) from the trading floor at the investment management firm BlackRock.

> For those of you in NYC, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta will be joining author and commentator Dr. Gail Saltz for a Q&A about new medicine at the 92nd Street Y on the 12th.

> While sitting down with the “Good Morning America” crew for an interview this today, Horia Cretan, the man who helped rescue a boy from a burning building, surprised everyone by proposing to his girlfriend on-air.

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