First up was “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” which addressed the incident in a segment called, “When reporters attack”:
Posts Tagged ‘Jennifer Griffin’
TVNewser talked with Fox News Pentagon correspondent Jennifer Griffin this afternoon about the battle that has broken out between CNN and Fox News over Griffin’s reporting of a Libyan government-sponsored trip to the ruins of Muammar Gaddafi‘s compound Sunday night. Griffin reported the 40 or so journalists, including a Fox News security guard, who went on the trip were being used as human shields, preventing a second British airstrike. CNN correspondent Nic Robertson called that “outrageous.”
“I just think this has gotten ugly,” Griffin tells us. “I think it’s beneath Nic to be saying these things about Steve Harrigan. If he has something to say he can say it about me. But to question his reporting and why he stayed at the hotel… it’s just nonsense.
Frankly, CNN should be focusing on getting more scoops and not attacking Fox News. They should get back to reporting and stop this petulant behavior.”
TVNewser: What do you think about these government-escorted trips. Do you think they’re propaganda and not news?
Fox News’s Jennifer Griffin was back on the air tonight repeating information she’d learned earlier today — information that has CNN correspondent Nic Robertson so incensed he’s been on CNN tonight talking as much about the war on the ground, as he is this battle with Fox News.
Griffin phoned into “On the Record” following a live report by correspondent Steve Harrigan — himself criticized by Robertson: “I see him more times at breakfast that I see him out on trips with government officials here,” said Robertson of Harrigan.
Griffin did not get into the media-on-media fracas touched off by her report earlier today in which British sources told her their mission last night was cut short because of the presence of the Western journalists and several Libyan civilians.
“They felt that the civilians and journalists had effectively been used as human shields and that was frustrating to them,” said Griffin tonight. “It was a very close call. In fact one official told me that there was a Reuters crew literally on a spot where they were going to drop a missile.”
But Griffin returned at 10:36 to clarify her reporting…
CNN’s Nic Robertson appeared on “The Situation Room” this afternoon, where he threw cold water on the claims made earlier in the day that CNN and other journalists were used as “human shields” by the Ghadafi regime.
“Wolf, this allegation is outrageous and it’s absolutely hypocritical,” Robertson told anchor Wolf Blitzer. “When you come to somewhere like Libya, you expect lies and deceit from a dictatorship here. You don’t expect it from the other journalists.”
Robertson said that FNC was being hypocritical, because it called the outing a “propaganda trip,” and yet the network had a staffer on the bus as well.
Robertson went on to explain what actually happened:
As the cable news networks go wall to wall with fresh news of explosions and anti-aircraft fire in Tripoli at this hour (3:15pmET), Fox News Channel is reporting that CNN and Reuters TV news crews were used as human shields as Muammar Gaddafi‘s compound was attacked last night.
Pentagon correspondent Jennifer Griffin reported the new information this afternoon: “We have learned that British fighter jets had seven missiles. They were in fact going to be fired from tornado fighter planes onto that compound, but the mission had to be cut short because of the presence of CNN television crews and Reuters journalists on the ground who had been taken to the site by the Libyan Ministry of Information.”
Anchor Jon Scott followed up with Griffin….
Friday, after anchoring “Special Report,” Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier finished packing his bags and headed for Kabul. Over the weekend he taped an interview with Gen. David Petraeus, for his first and only national TV interview before the General testifies on Capitol Hill in mid-March.
It will air tonight and tomorrow night on “Special Report.” Baier also toured a Kabul military training center. He’ll anchor top of the show tonight from the city of Wordoc, West of Kabul. FNC’s Jennifer Griffin is also in Afghanistan, part of VIP Pool trip traveling with Defense Secretary Gates.
Fox News war correspondent Jennifer Griffin sat down with People magazine to talk about her war on cancer. She was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in September of last year, and chose to undergo a double mastectomy, because recurrences of the disease can be deadly.
Griffin is no stranger to dangerous situations. “I reported on the Intifada while I was pregnant, wearing a flak jacket, throwing up from morning sickness between takes,” she told People.
“Within 20 minutes [of the diagnosis] I was in reporter mode, calling experts,” Griffin said to People, “This was like covering a war, but inside my own body.”
ABC’s “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts, Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin, and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham are among the breast cancer “thrivers” bring honored tonight at the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Honoring the Promise gala at the Kennedy Center.
For more information and how to help, click here.
I discovered my lump, if you can call a nine centimeter tumor a lump. It’s really more the size of a grapefruit. I discovered it when I was weaning my son, Luke, when he was six months old. As my breasts deflated and the milk dried up, it became clear there was something very hard growing inside me. I had thought it was mastitis, a blocked milk duct. So did my doctors. At first they told me to go home and massage it and put hot compresses on it, and to come back in a week. In my heart I knew something was wrong, but I never dreamed it would be breast cancer.
So, how did she beat it?
It’s a big day for Fox News and national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin, who returned to work on-air this morning after being diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer last fall. In April, she announced that she was officially “cancer free.”
Griffin traveled down to Kabul — her first trip to Afghanistan since the diagnosis — where she interviewed General David Petraeus for a piece that aired in the 9amET hour of “America’s Newsroom.” At the close of her report, anchor Gregg Jarrett responded, “Just like you to jump right back in with both feet into the middle of it and we are thrilled here at Fox to have you back.”
Update: During “Studio B,” Griffin had an touching and emotional exchange with Shepard Smith discussing her first day back: