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U.S. Begins Airstrikes Against ISIS Targets

The broadcast and cable news networks broke in with special coverage tonight as U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria began.

Brian Williams, David Muir and Scott Pelley all updated the west coast editions of their evening newscasts tonight. ABC broke in with a network-wide special report at 9:30pmET, NBC broke in at 9:38pmET. CBS News ran a crawl during primetime programming at 9:30pmET.

Cable news has been in non-stop coverage. Fox News was first with the news. Megyn Kelly broke into her own pre-taped interview with Alan Colmes at 9:26pmET as Jennifer Griffin reported that military operations had begun. Shepard Smith picked up coverage on Fox News at 10pmET and will continue until MidnightET when Kelly picks up. CNN’s Anderson Cooper broke in with the news at 9:30pmET with Jim Sciutto reporting the news. Don Lemon and Alisyn Camerota anchored from 10pmET until Midnight. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported the news at 9:34pmET. Lawrence O’Donnell anchored at 10 and Chris Hayes picks up at 11pmET with live coverage on MSNBC. FBN has been in live coverage as well and will simulcast Megyn Kelly‘s coverage at Midnight.

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Expanded Evening, Morning Newscasts for Malaysia Flight 17, Israeli Ground Offensive

NBC News plane crashAs wall-to-wall coverage of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 and the launch of the Israeli ground offensive in Gaza continues, the broadcast and cable networks are planning special coverage for the evening newscasts tonight and the morning newscasts tomorrow.

All three evening newscasts will be expanded to an hour tonight. “ABC World News” will be anchored by David Muir, while “CBS Evening News” and “NBC Nightly News” will be helmed by their respective regular anchors, Scott Pelley and Brian Williams.

On CNN, Anderson Cooper will anchor from 8-10pmET and Don Lemon will anchor from 10-12pmET. After that, CNN will simulcast four hours of CNN International. In the morning, “Early Start” will be live at 4amET. CNN has several correspondents en route to Ukraine, Moscow and Amsterdam.

All three Fox News primetime shows — “The O’Reilly Factor,” “The Kelly File” and “Hannity” — will be live tonight. After “Hannity,” Megyn Kelly will host another live hour of “The Kelly File” from 11-12pmET. Steve Harrigan is en route to Ukraine for FNC. Jennifer Griffin will report from Washington and Amy Kellogg will report from London. Tomorrow morning, “Fox & Friends First” will be live an hour early at 4amET. Read more

Mass Shooting at Ft. Hood, TX; Ivan Lopez Identified as Shooter

A mass shooting at Ft. Hood, Texas this afternoon has the news networks in continuing coverage tonight. The shots rang out at 4:50pmCT. The gunman has been identified as 34-year-old Ivan Lopez, an enlisted soldier, who killed himself. At least four people are dead, including Lopez, and 14 others wounded.

On Fox News, Bret Baier first reported the news at 6:08pmET, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer broke in at 6:13 and MSNBC’s Al Sharpton reported the news at 6:15. The story was the lead of the first feeds of the three evening network newscasts, with updates throughout and for later feeds. Brian Williams also updated NBC primetime viewers in the Eastern and Central time zones at 9:07pmET. As the incident took place on a military base, DC-based Justice and Pentagon correspondents led the reporting: Pierre Thomas for ABC, Bob Orr for CBS, Jim Miklaszewski for NBC, Barbara Starr for CNN and Jennifer Griffin for Fox News.

Fox News pre-empted “The O”Reilly Factor” and had Shepard Smith at the Fox News Deck at 8pmET. Megyn Kelly picked up at 9. John Berman was in for Anderson Cooper at 8pm and Blitzer was back at 9pm. Alex Wagner was in for Chris Hayes at 8 and Rachel Maddow picked up at 9 on MSNBC.

“We’re heartbroken something like this might have happened again,” Pres. Obama said in a statement from Chicago, adding investigators will ”get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”

Developing…

At a 10:45pm news conference, Ft. Hood Commanding General Mark Milley said the assailant had served four months in Iraq in 2011 and was “undergoing behavioral health and psychiatric treatment” for depression and anxiety, but had not been diagnosed with PTSD. Armed with a .45 caliber Smith & Wesson, which was not registered on the base, the gunman killed three military personal. Sixteen others were wounded. The gunman was stopped by a female officer who drew her weapon, at which point Lopez turned the gun on himself.

The Weekend Ticker: Willis, Rather, Griffin

  • Gerri Willis will host a special call-in show, “A User’s Guide to Obamacare,” on FBN Monday night at 6pmET. Willis will be joined by a panel of experts to answer questions on the Affordable Care Act.

  • Dan Rather Reports” returns to AXS TV Monday night with “Gone to Pot,” a report on illegal marijuana growers in Northern California.

  • In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin talks to Women’s Health about her battle with Stage III triple negative breast cancer. “After diagnosis, you’re looking at a year of your life that will be devoted to fighting and overcoming the disease. You need to look at it as a marathon year and get your body, mind, and spirit as strong as it can be,” Griffin said.

Media Continues Pressing for Answers on Benghazi

Amid the extensive coverage of Hurricane Sandy and what’s become a second tier story, the presidential election, a few news organizations continue to report on the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11. On ABCNews.com today, Jake Tapper and a few of his colleagues put together a story about the effort to get answers:

As he left his Marine One helicopter Wednesday evening and walked to the residence of the White House, President Obama did not respond to a question shouted out by ABC News’s Mary Bruce about when he would begin to provide answers to the numerous questions building up about what exactly what went wrong …. The president smiled and continued walking.

Tapper concludes about the Benghazi push-back, “they are deferring detailed answers to the investigation and – critics say – running out the clock until Election Day.”

Fox News’s Jennifer Griffin has covered the story extensively, tonight reporting on a communications breakdown on the night of the attack while Griffin’s FNC colleague Catherine Herridge has gotten her hands on classified cables. And journalists Harald Doornbos and Jenan Moussa, reporting for Foreign Policy, found “several ash-strewn documents beneath rubble in the looted Tactical Operations Center.”

ABC News asked White House press secretary Jay Carney on Air Force One today how closely the President is following the media reports about what went wrong in Benghazi. “Is he engaged in the investigation and receiving updates on the investigation, or is he waiting until it’s complete?” ABC News’ Devin Dwyer asked.

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TVNewsers Wear Pink at DC Breast Cancer Event

Television personalities donned pink last night for the fourth annual Newsbabes Bash for Breast Cancer, a yearly event that raises awareness and funds for breast cancer causes hosted by a group of Washington, DC-based female journalists.

The group includes breast cancer survivor Jennifer Griffin of Fox News, Megan Hughes of Bloomberg TV and Brianna Keilar of CNN, as well as several local news personalities. MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who had breast cancer last year, was honored at last night’s event, held at the Howard Theatre.

This year’s event also featured the “Newsmen in Pink”: Peter Alexander and Luke Russert of NBC, Peter Hamby and Don Lothian of CNN, and Jim Angle, Bret Baier, Ed Henry, Peter Doocy and Juan Williams of Fox News.

Fundraising efforts this year went to George Washington University’s mammovan, a mobile unit that travels around Washington, DC to provide one-stop mammograms.

(Photo credit: WUSA)

A Few More Minutes with Andy Rooney

Friends and colleagues from across the TV spectrum joined Andy Rooney‘s four children this morning at Rose Hall, bidding farewell to the CBS News essayist, who died November 4 following complications from minor surgery.

Rooney’s son Brian Rooney, a longtime correspondent at ABC News, hosted the memorial service which included remarks from Andy Rooney’s three daughters, Ellen Rooney, Emily Rooney and Martha Fishel and Rooney’s girlfriend of 7 years, former “Today” show “girl” Beryl Pfizer, who had known Rooney since 1950. Rooney’s grandchildren were there, including Justin Fishel Pentagon producer for Fox News Channel.

Brian Rooney talked about how, over the past several weeks he’s gone through his father’s belongings and found everything from a $6,000 uncashed check from CBS, to a diary entry dated March 8, 1941: “Went to Gallagher’s. Don’t get chicken at a steakhouse.”

“What you saw, was the same show that we had at dinnertime,” said Rooney.

CBS News chairman and “60 Minutes” EP Jeff Fager as well as Rooney’s “60″ family: Morley Safer, Steve Kroft and Scott Pelley all spoke at the service.

Safer talked of Rooney’s “rich, eccentric legacy.” A man who filled American homes “like a piece of the Sunday furniture, like a portrait on the wall, like the TV itself.”

Safer then introduced a video which included outtakes of his interview with Rooney conducted last Spring. Showing a picture of the early correspondents: Harry Reasoner, Mike Wallace and Diane Sawyer, Rooney stopped at Sawyer — who was not able to attend. “She’s the prettiest girl I

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Cable News Pivots from Chaos in Libya to Earthquake outside Washington, DC

A 5.9 earthquake struck between Mineral and Louisa, Virginia — 90 miles from Washington, DC — at 1:51pmET, but was felt up and down the east coast.

Much of the cable news coverage which had been focused on Libya, switched immediately to the earthquake. Our building is being evacuated … again (we’re on the 4th floor of a high rise in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan).

Back soon. 2:19pm

2:38pm And… we’re back.

2:20pmET: Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC, who was anchoring her DC show when the quake struck: “This is a three-story building and our studio is on the third floor. Everybody came down very calmly down the steps, but clearly knocked off of the air from the rumbling sense first described by my colleagues, Pete Williams, and others. And you know the glass and metal desk in the studio, that desktop started to go up and down and seemed as though everything was moving a couple of inches up and down and the papers going every which way, and clearly, it took a while to register.”

2:26pm: Bret Baier outside the Fox News DC bureau on Capitol Hill: “We felt it for 25-30 seconds. The floor shaking beneath us. And then everyone — the alarm went off and everyone went down the stairs. There are hundreds of people out on the streets in D.C outside the Capitol, outside all of the buildings. All these folks waiting to see what they can do as far as getting back in. We have just been told by the building management that we can go in right now and get our things and then 30 minutes from now they are going to shut down this building for right now.”

2:17pm: Wolf Blitzer on CNN: “We felt it here. We’re up on Capitol Hill in our building at CNN in Washington, DC. I was on the eighth floor and all of a sudden it just started slowly, you felt the ground floor moving a little bit. The desks started to shake a little bit. But then you could really feel the pounding and there was a real jolt and I’m guessing it lasted for 20 or 30 seconds.”

2:02pm: CNN’s Barbara Starr at the Pentagon: “Just a few moments ago as the building began

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Fox Newser Moms

On this day before Mother’s Day, a couple of Fox Newsers are in the news — one pays tribute to his mom, and the other who is a mom, talks about the big news this week. Jennifer Griffin, a mother of two talked with Parenting magazine about how she juggled the Osama Bin Laden news and a tired toddler.

“I had just gotten home from a friend’s house with 2-year-old Luke, my youngest. It was later than his bedtime, and I was scrambling to warm him a bottle and convince him to put on pajamas. I was at the stove when all of my phones started ringing. The messages on my Blackberry made it seem like [Libyan leader Muammar] Qaddafi had been killed. I put on the TV, gave Luke a bottle on the couch, and told him to be very quiet. That’s when I got a call saying that it was Osama bin Laden.

Meanwhile, Georganne Hemmer, mother of Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer spoke with the Daily Beast about her parenting style and a hard lesson Bill learned when he was 16.

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Bin Laden Killed: Cable Channels Call In Big Guns To Cover the News

Updated: With the unexpected announcement that President Obama would be making a statement late Sunday night, the cable news channels scrambled to get their top anchors on-air.

Fox News was first to confirm the news that Osama Bin Laden was dead at 10:40 PM ET. Geraldo Rivera was at the desk at the time, and responded to the news by saying:

“Happy days, happy days. This is the greatest — give me a wide shot of the general. This is the greatest night of my career. The bum is dead. I am so blessed and privileged to be at this desk at this moment.”

CNN confirmed the news at 10:42 Pm ET, and NBC News (and MSNBC) confirmed the news at 10:45 PM ET. All three networks engaged in speculation as to what the news was about from around 10 PM until their confirmed it, and all three raised Bin Laden as a possibility.

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