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It Took Four People to Produce This Labor Day Cable News Special

Screen Shot 2014-08-31 at 10.47.17 AMIn what may be the least labor-intensive Labor Day special, Greta Van Susteren travels to Alaska with wounded veterans and their spouses as a part of Operation Heal Our Patriots.

It’s not that those who worked on it didn’t do a lot of work, it’s because it took just four people to put together the one-hour special airing tonight at 7pmET. Van Susteren and Griff Jenkins shot the entire special — there are no two-camera shoots, no special lighting, just two reporters with hand-held cameras. Van Susteren and Jenkins then brought their camera cards back to Fox News, handed them to one producer and one editor, and from that work, got their special. We’re told the editor was able to cover up the shakey camera work.

The special was shot over the July 4th weekend in conjunction with Samaritan’s Purse which helps military couples reconnect and strengthen their relationships after overseas deployments. Some of these couples share their stories with Van Susteren in the Alaskan wilderness.

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President Obama To Speak at 10 AM, As More Correspondents Descend On Oklahoma

President Obama is scheduled to comment on the disaster in Oklahoma at 10 AM and it is likely that all of the broadcast networks will break into regular programming to cover it.  ”CBS This Morning” went into the 9 AM hour to cover the fallout. We hear that “CTM” will stay live until 12 PM on the east coast covering the damage, and 10 AM pacific.

Update: “Our prayers are with the people of Oklahoma today,” Obama said. “Oklahoma needs to get everything that it needs right away.”

“If there is hope to hold onto, not just in Oklahoma but around the country, it is the knowledge that the good people there in Oklahoma are more prepared than most, and what they can be certain about is that Americans around the country will be right there with them,” he added.

Meanwhile, the news channels are sending their A-teams to Oklahoma to cover the fallout from the tornado.

As we noted yesterday, NBC has Brian Williams,  Lester HoltAnn CurryHarry SmithKate SnowAnne Thompson and Dr. Nancy Snyderman in Oklahoma, as well as the Weather Channel team of Jim CantoreMike Bettes, and Mike Seidel.

ABC News has Sam ChampionGinger ZeeDavid Muir and Alex Perez in Oklahoma. Byron Pitts, Mike Boettcher, and Cecilia Vega are also either in Moore or en route.

CBS has Norah O’Donnell anchoring from Moore, and Anna Werner on the ground, and Scott Pelley will anchor the “CBS Evening News” there this evening.
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Chaos Overnight as One Boston Blast Suspect is Dead, His Brother on the Loose

A holdup at a Cambridge 7-11 store around 10pm Thursday set off an all night pursuit for the suspects in the Boston Marathon blasts. By sunrise, an MIT police officer was dead, an MBTA officer was wounded, one of the suspects was dead  and another suspect remained on the loose, both have been identified as brothers, originally from Chechnya, living in the Boston area. With multiple crime scenes in multiple locations, one suspect still at large, and the area in virtual lockdown, the overnight events kept local and national news crews on the air nonstop.

The first reports began coming in after 1am. Networks were cautious of not connecting the shooting of the MIT officer with the search for the bombing suspects. CNN International broke in to CNN/U.S. at 1:13am. MSNBC’s Mara Schiavocampo broke in at 1:18 with the news along with correspondent Kerry Sanders. At 1:24am Fox News’ Marianne Rafferty broke in to a re-air of “On the Record” with news of the MIT shooting.

At 2:24am, as it was becoming clear the holdup, carjacking and MIT incident were related to the blast investigation, CNN’s Jake Tapper held up his iPad to show new photos of the suspects that he’d been emailed.

ABC’s overnight show World News Now kept viewers up to date throughout the night with help from affiliates. George Stephanopoulos anchored his first special report for ABC at 4:30am. NBC’s Lester Holt anchored an NBC News special report around 3:30amET and CBS News broadcast a special report at 4:40am with Anne Marie Green.

Developing

More, 8:27am: CNN’s Jake Tapper and John Berman, anchoring coverage, are talking to a Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School friend of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect still on the loose: “To think he’s capable of something like this is beyond belief.”

More: 8:35am: A Fox News is trained on a home in Watertown, MA where local and FBI officials have guns drawn. “Our cameraman is being told to back off,” said Brian Kilmeade.

FNC’s Griff Jenkins was near the firefight last night and this morning explained his rental car “is in the middle of the crime scene.”

More, 9:12am: On CNN, via an interview with CBS owned station WBZ-TV, the uncle of the brothers says his 19-year-old nephew had called another relative last night after his older brother was killed and said, “Forgive me and from now on we will be together.” After reporters apologized to him, the uncle added: “I’m sorry too, if he did this, I’m sorry too. I can’t believe it. It’s so crazy. It’s not possible. When I heard this on TV news, I was thinking how can it be like this?”

Update: ABC and CBS have expanded their morning shows beyond 9am as the manhunt for the 19-year-old suspect continues. NBC’s 9am hour of “Today” is also devoted to the breaking news. At one point, new ABC News correspondent Byron Pitts was reporting live as police officers moved him and other reporters away from an active location. A police officer could be heard telling the reporters: “Come on. Let’s go. Off the sidewalk, please. Around the corner.”

More, 9:35am: ABC showed what it called exclusive video of a bullet-riddled SUV being taken away by investigators. Brian Rossreported: “Our cameraman caught a shot of that car being towed away, a Mercedes SUV that the two brothers hijacked — carjacked at a gas station in Cambridge near Memorial Drive.” Explosive devices were reportedly thrown from car by the suspects. The driver was released by the brothers, unharmed.

More, 10:50am: All networks have their cameras trained on a neighborhood in Watertown, MA. CNN has said it is putting programming on a 5-second delay as local and federal authorities have their guns drawn imploring media to stay back.

More, 12:24pm: On CNN, correspondent Deborah Feyerick reported that, after being pushed back from an area in Watertown, police are now allowing reporters to return to their original positions closer to the search scene.

More, 1pm: CBS special report ends. Diane Sawyer continues on ABC; Brian Williams picks up across NBC.

More, 1:45pm: ABC’s Bianna Golodryga, who speaks fluent Russian, spoke to the father of the two bombing suspects, Anzor Tsarnaev, on three separate occasions today. Tsarnaev, who lives in Russia, tells Golodryga that neither the U.S. government nor the Russian government has contacted him at that time.

More, 2:09pm: Anderson Cooper cuts away from remarks from the suspects’ aunt in Toronto, who claims her nephews are innocent. “Clearly she is in a state of denial or not really aware of the whole impact of what has happened here, what is going on,” Cooper said. Megyn Kelly comes to the same conclusion on Fox News: “That’s the aunt,” she said.

Should FNC Producer Shoulder the Blame For Rallying 9/12 Crowd?

Over the weekend another angle of the 9/12 rally story emerged. It involved a Fox News associate producer caught on video, rallying the crowd.

Friday evening Media Matters aired a clip of “behind the scenes footage” of the staffer whipping up the crowd during a Griff Jenkins live shot. By Saturday afternoon the clip made the rounds to other blogs, and late Saturday night, Huffington Post had written about it, using a second angle of the video and adding that Fox News had “disciplined” the producer. Then Sunday morning, Howard Kurtz talked about it on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” using the HuffPo clip.

“Call me old-fashioned,” said Kurtz, “I don’t think a producer should be whipping up the crowd. If Glenn Beck wants to be a cheerleader for conservative protests, fine, but what you just saw amounts to choreographing the story to get people hollering.”

But we’ve seen this before. It’s fairly common at large political events, where crowds gather to watch the news coverage, that a stage manager or producer is there to get the crowd going. And if you watch the clip below, it doesn’t look like the crowd needed much whipping up.

On 9/12/09, Fox News had essentially ceded two hours of news coverage to the Beck program, which they maintain is not ‘news’ programming. Insiders, one of whom shot one of the videos, tell us the Fox A.P. had been getting the crowd going several times that afternoon. So, does this make it any better, that she was doing it during ‘non-news’ hours? And if not, should someone higher up shoulder some of the blame?

> More: Mediaite has an internal FNC email about the 9/12 coverage: “We do not cheerlead for one cause or another. We do not rile up a crowd.”

> More, More: CNN’s Rick Sanchez calls out Fox News, again, for the incident… (video after the jump)

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What’s Jake Tapper Got Against NBC News?

South Carolina newspaper The State has gotten a hold of email correspondence sent to Gov. Mark Sanford‘s communications director, Joel Sawyer, by reporters in the run-up to the revelation of Sanford’s extramarital tango. Politico’s Michael Calderone notes one of the more surprising emails was sent by ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper:

ABC’s Jake Tapper sent an email to Sawyer with the subject heading, “NBC spot was slimy.” There, Tapper wrote: “For the record, I think the TODAY show spot was pretty insulting…”

And Tapper responded in an email to POLITICO:

“Busted. In retrospect, the story I was referring to wasn’t slimy enough — at that moment the only ones who knew of the governor’s affair were Sanford, his wife, his mistress, and the State newspaper. But I shouldn’t have said that, and I’ll try to leave the media criticism to others from now on.”

We hear Tapper reached out to Today show EP Jim Bell and to David Gregory, whose Tweet he forwarded to Sawyer, to set things straight. “Have apologized to @davidgregory Bad form on my part,” Tapper tweeted this morning.

Yesterday, Mediaite reported that Fox News correspondent Griff Jenkins also emailed Sawyer. CBS’ Harry Smith also reached out, as did staffers from CNN’s “American Morning.” So for some good Wednesday morning reading, check out the emails below:

Jake Tapper’s first email (part 1)

Jake Tapper’s first email (part 2)

Jake Tapper’s Follow-up

Griff Jenkins’ email

WACH’s Tim Miller email

Sawyer’s voicemail list

Tony Snow Remembered

Alissa Krinsky
TVNewser Contributor

Tony Snow.JPGSunday will mark one year since the death of Tony Snow from cancer. He battled the disease, which originated in his colon before spreading, for more than three years.

Snow, a longtime commentator and journalist, anchored at Fox News Channel and later worked for a short time at CNN. In between his TV jobs, he served as White House Press Secretary for President George W. Bush.

This Sunday, TVNewser has learned, Fox News Channel will mark the anniversary of Snow’s death with numerous mentions of him throughout the day, along with thoughts from Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and from FNC colleagues such as Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Susteren.

Here now are reflections from several other tvnewsers as they remember Tony Snow:

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Ambushing an Ambusher: Griff Jenkins Meets “Open Left”

Gawker still hasn’t tracked down Jesse Watters for an ambush interview, but Adam Green of Open Left found a different ambusher to ambush last night — Griff Jenkins. The result — an ambush-off. Check it out below (with FNC’s take after the jump). Also, Gawker promises: “John Cook is still hot on the tail of elusive O’Reilly Factor producer/creepy stalker Jesse Watters, so keep an eye out Jesse.”



Click continued see how The Fox Nation is viewing the exchange (more will air tonight on Glenn Beck at 5pmET)…

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Griff Jenkins Doesn’t Identify Himself During Garofalo Run-In

garofalo_5-13.jpgFNC’s Griff Jenkins scored an impromptu interview with Janeane Garofalo Friday night before her comedy show that evening, and parts of the video aired Monday night on every prime time program and yesterday on Fox & Friends and the Glenn Beck Program. It has been prominently featured on TheFoxNation, with the headline: “See Full Clip! Janeane Stands by Her ‘Teabaggers Are Racists’ Comments!?!?”

But while Jenkins has been identified as a “Fox News Correspondent” or producer during his interviews this week about the incident, he did not tell Garofalo he was with Fox News during the interview. When she asked him who he was, Jenkins responded: “I’m just a blogger who reads blogs.”

On Fox & Friends yesterday, Jenkins gave a different explanation. “She didn’t watch enough Fox, guys, she did not know who I was,” he said.

During the infamous FNC ambushes (of which Jenkins has participated), the MO has been to acknowledge the Fox affiliation from the beginning.

Garofalo responded to the incident yesterday, but at the time did not know Jenkins was involved (just that radio host Ken Pittman was there as well).

Click continued to see Jenkins’ appearance Monday on “Hannity”…

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New Years on the Cablers: Varied Options

One week from tonight, the ball will drop in Times Square and the cablers will ring in the New Year in various ways:

• CNN — Anderson Cooper hosts again with Kathy Griffin from 11pm-1amET. Erica Hill contributes from Times Square, with Gary Tuchman in Central Park, Sean Callebs in New Orleans, John Zarrella in Key West, FL and HLN’s Brooke Anderson at “Club CNN” in Las Vegas. (It’s like a the CNN Grill but with champagne instead of CNN Brew) Musical performances are a mix — Lil Wayne in Atlanta, Lynyrd Skynyrd in Kentucky and more. Check out the site.

• FNC — Once again this year Bill Hemmer and Megyn Kelly host the UParty from 10pm-1amET, with contributors Jill Dobson, Courtney Friel, Greg Gutfeld, Griff Jenkins and Rick Leventhal. Musical performances include O.A.R., Locash Cowboys and more. You can check out the pink-themed site for more details.

• MSNBC — And now, for something totally different. At 10pmET, Countdown with Keith Olbermann‘s “Favorite People 2008″ re-airs, followed by a half-hour “Rachel Maddow Show Awards for Excellence in Categories To Be Determined.” From 11:30pm-12:30amET, MSNBC will simulcast NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly. The Rachel Maddow Show Awards returns for a second half-hour from 12:30-1:00amET.

Inside FBN’s First Election Night

cavutograb_11-5.jpgComing out of a commercial break at 6:33pmET, Neil Cavuto begins setting the scene for when races begin to be called. He describes the Senate races, and the possibility the Democrats could get 60 seats. “A magic number that all but effectively wipes out the opposition. They can do little more than stop by the Senate cafeteria and say, ‘do you want fries with that?’” he concludes after approximately a minute introduction.

In the control room at Fox Business Network, there are chuckles from the crew. The teleprompter has yet to budge, as Cavuto ad-libs the entire introduction.

The FBN anchor has been on the air since his FNC program “Your World” at 4pmET. He wouldn’t leave the air until 12:30amET.

Cavuto is one of the veterans guiding a young, excited business news network just over a year old. “The last two weeks, there has been so much energy,” SVP of operations, Brian Jones, tells TVNewser. “Every time we’re doing something its volunteer. We’re inundated. It’s a tremendous opportunity for them.”

Just after 6:40pmET, director of business news Ray Hennessey and VP of Fox News Digital Jeff Misenti enter the control room. Foxbusiness.com launched its first ever webcast tonight with Cheryl Casone, similar to the Fox News Streams that include The Strategy Room.

cavuto_11-4.BMPHennessey describes FBN’s presidential election push. “The election is a big business story. It’s the biggest business story,” he says.

He also glances up at the competition, and sees CNBC still airing Mad Money as scheduled. “I’m surprised they’re doing Cramer,” says Hennessey.

FNC’s Greta Van Susteren joins Cavuto on set, furthering the partnership between the networks contained in the building. Jones describes the benefits of “shared services,” which means FBN has access to the “Bill Board,” and the “Balance of Power” screen, while FNC uses Alexis Glick‘s reporting from the NASDAQ.

As the first polls close at 7pmET, FBN has high profile guests, including former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card. In the green room sits Frank Luntz, Steve Forbes and Byron York.

“We’ll be here to the last speeches,” Jones told us. And they were.

Related: The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul J. Gough goes behind-the-scenes at FNC HQ.

Click continued to see more pictures from inside and outside the News Corp. building, including Griff Jenkins interviewing “Bill O’Reilly“…

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