Another weekend of political coverage is underway as Maine’s week-long GOP caucus concludes this evening. Although Maine’s caucus is non-binding, the cable networks will devote special coverage to the results in prime time tonight.
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Not long after the news of the death of North Korea’s Kim Jong-il broke, just after 10pmET tonight, “Kim Jong” and “Pyongyang” began trending on Twitter. The death of a ruling world leader — in this case a supreme leader — would be instant news around the globe. But the fact that it took two days for the news to be made public, speaks volumes about the global isolation in which North Korea exists. The first reports were that Kim died of fatigue at 8:30 am Dec. 17 (6:30pmET Friday) during train ride. That was later updated to “massive heart attack.”
As for U.S. cable news coverage: Fox News’s Harris Faulkner broke in with the news at 10:11pmET during “Geraldo at Large.” Geraldo Rivera, reporting from Kuwait with some of the last U.S. troops to leave Iraq earlier today, began incorporating the news later in his show. Interestingly, Greg Palkot, also in Kuwait today, reported Fox News’s pre-produced obituary on Kim. CNN’s Don Lemon reported the news at 10:12pm 10:07. Wolf Blitzer, who traveled to North Korea last December, phoned in. CNN/U.S. began simulcasting CNNI at 10:23. MSNBC produced breaking news specials at 10:17 and 10:32pm.
Twitter, as usual, led the way with the headline of the death. It included original reporting:
@mitchellreports: U.S officials have no offficial comment on Kim’s death. Long anticipated but no warning it was imminent
@AndyLevy: RIP* Kim Jong-Il *Rot In Pieces
The Root has released its 2011 list of the most influential African Americans, and many TV news personalities are present. Leading the way are CNN anchors Soledad O’Brien and Don Lemon at #5 and #6. MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall represented her channel at #14, along with MSNBC regular Melissa Harris-Perry.
Still, the list had some curious omissions:
CNN is going into overdrive tonight covering what Libyan rebels hope is the imminent fall of Tripoli. CNN is simulcasting CNN International programming anchored by Hala Gorani and Michael Holmes with Wolf Blitzer in D.C. Correspondent Matthew Chance is reporting from inside a hotel in Tripoli where Gadhafi government minders had been monitoring the foreign press, but have left. During one short report, Chance said to Gorani, “At the moment we really don’t know what’s going to happen next. Hala, I think I’m going to have to leave it there.” Meanwhile, Sara Sidner is reporting from the road on her way to Tripoli. The plan is to stay live throughout the night and into the morning.
Fox News is also providing extended coverage with Harris Faulkner anchoring, preempting “Huckabee,” with contributions from Sky News.
MSNBC is covering the news during updates of regular programming.
On the broadcast evening newscasts, only NBC News had their own correspondent in Tripoli. Richard Engel appeared live with a group of Libyan rebels, some of whom walked up to 15 miles to the capital earlier today. CBS News used a reporter from Sky News and ABC had a phoner from a BBC reporter while ABC’s Jeffrey Kofman reported from the Tunisia/Libya border.
Fox News’ Harris Faulkner has been named anchor of FOX Report weekends. Faulkner has been subbing on the show for several weeks since the departure of Julie Banderas, who is now correspondent in the FNC New York bureau.
Faulkner joined FOX News in 2005 as a correspondent and primetime news break anchor. Before FNC, Faulker was a correspondent at “A Current Affair” and before that, she worked in local news in Minneapolis, Kansas City and Greenville, North Carolina.
Says FNC chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, “Harris has done an excellent job in a variety of roles for FOX News – she handles breaking news well and exhibits great journalistic instincts. We’re proud to see that she will lead a program that is so vital to our network.”
More in the press release after the jump…
President Obama will make a statement on Libya at 2pmET after meeting with the Congressional leadership. The four broadcast networks will carry it live.
ABC’s Diane Sawyer will anchor a special report with Jake Tapper and Martha Raddatz reporting. CBS’s Harry Smith will anchor during coverage the NCAA tournament games. Harris Faulkner will anchor on FOX. And Brian Williams will anchor on NBC with David Gregory reporting from the D.C. bureau and Jim Maceda from Tripoli.
FNC launched Fox News Latino, a new website, whilst honoring the 2010 Ailes Apprentice Program graduates Tuesday night at the Water Club in Manhattan. Fox News CEO/chair and founder of the program, Roger Ailes hosted the dinner and Bill Hemmer was the MC. Other Fox Newsers in attendance: Geraldo Rivera, Martha MacCallum, Neil Cavuto, Harris Faulkner, new FNC weather anchor Maria Molina, Dr. Manny Alvarez, and from FBN: Lori Rothman, and Eric Bolling.
The apprentice program, created by Ailes in 2003, awards each student a graduate certificate and a stipend. The apprentices are given monthly meetings with their mentors, exposure to all Fox News platforms through job shadows, and a private lunch with Ailes. The Ailes Rising Apprentice Scholarship also launched that night, which awards $10,000 to one student from each sponsoring school: Hofstra University and St. Augustine’s College.
The night was also the kick-off of Fox News Latino, an English-language website for the rapidly growing Hispanic population in the U.S. Will the website one day turn into a TV channel, like CNN en Espanol? “That’s nowhere in sight,” manager Francisco Cortes told The Miami Herald. “Though, trust me, it’s in the back of my mind.” Cortes himself is a graduate of the Ailes Apprentice Program.
Bill Hemmer, Roger Ailes, Anita Sthalasayee, apprentice, for Imus in the Morning and Tom Bowman, Imus EP and Anita’s mentor.
More photos from the event are after the jump…
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake, with an epicenter in northern Mexico and felt in southern California and Arizona, struck at 3:40pmPT (6:40pmET) today. CNN reported the news at 6:51pmET during its CNN Newsroom live newscast with Don Lemon. Fox News with anchor Harris Faulkner reported the news at 7:01pm on FOX Report. MSNBC’s Melissa Rehberger interrupted documentary programming at 7:09pm to report the news.
> Update, 8:03pm: The USGS has raised the magnitude to 7.2.
TVNewser has learned ABC’s Diane Sawyer and NBC’s Brian Williams will anchor special reports this afternoon for their networks as Pres. Obama makes remarks about stepped up airport security after the attempted attack on Northwest Flight 253 on Christmas Day.
CBS News tells us they will monitor and cover on CBSNews.com. The cable news networks will also carry the statement live.
The president, who has not spoken publicly about Friday’s incident, is expected to make a statement around 3pmET from Hawaii.
> Update: CBS News switched course and carried the statement live from the Marine Corps Base near Kailua, Hawaii. FOX broadcast did as well. The president took no questions. Anthony Mason anchored on CBS. Harris Faulkner anchored on FOX.