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CNN Ups Keilar, Acosta And Marsh, Shifts Yellin From White House To Domestic Affairs

CNN has made a number of changes to its DC correspondent ranks.

For starters, chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin will be departing the beat to become chief domestic affairs correspondent, and a substitute anchor.

Meanwhile, in the White House, Brianna Keilar and Jim Acosta have been promoted to senior White House correspondents. Keilar was a Congressional reporter before joining the White House team, while Acosta was national political correspondent.

Elsewhere, Rene Marsh has been named aviation and government regulation correspondent. Marsh had been a national correspondent for CNN Newsource since early 2012.

Details, below.
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One Speech, Many Different Approaches

This afternoon President Obama delivered a big speech on the issue of climate change. As it happens, the speech ended up making clear the  filters through which the cable news channels approach a news item.

When the President began speaking shortly after 1:45 PM ET, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and, yes, The Weather Channel, were carrying the speech. Bloomberg and Fox Business also carried it.

MSNBC cut away at 1:49 PM, and brought in correspondents Peter Alexander and Kelly O’Donnell, who went all-out on the politics behind the speech. The channel went back to the President at 1:52 PM as he formally announced his plan, before cutting away for good at 2 PM.

FNC cut away at 1:52 PM, instead choosing to have Megyn Kelly interview a climate change denier. Kelly and her guest didn’t actually cover the President’s plan, but rather focused on the issue.

CNN also cut away at 1:52 PM right after FNC did, Wolf Blitzer threw to political correspondent Jim Acosta, who focused primarily on the political ramifications of the speech. Blitzer then called the speech a “major address” by the President, and told viewers they could watch it on CNN.com as he threw to a commercial. It may have been a “major address,” but not major enough for coverage on CNN TV after that point.

The Weather Channel–which has bet big on covering the effects of climate change in series and specials–covered the entirety of the speech in full and commercial free, saving its analysis for after the speech. Every single guest in the analysis portion accepted that climate change is real.
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CNN Plans Two-Day Special Report On Gun Background Checks

CNN is getting political day during a two-day special report on firearms background checks. “Guns Under Fire: A CNN Special Report on Background Checks” will kick-off this evening on “AC360″ as Dana Bash interviews former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Piers Morgan and Wolf Blitzer will also discuss the issue on their respective shows.

Wednesday, the channel will present a number of special reports on background checks, including interviews and analysis on the issue (see all the reports after the jump). The reasoning behind the special report? “According to the latest polls, 9 out of 10 Americans support tougher background checks, so how is it that Congress can do nothing?” the channel says in a release.
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Jim Acosta Interview On Chris Christie’s Weight Sparks News Cycle

When you are a TV news journalist, you don’t want to follow the news cycle, you want to lead it. CNN’s Jim Acosta this week conducted an interview that has been leading the news cycle since it happened.

It all started with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie‘s appearance on “The Late Show” Monday, in which he called himself “The healthiest fat guy you ever met.”

On CNN Tuesday, Acosta spoke to former White House doctor Connie Mariano about his comments, and she expressed concern about the Governor’s weight. The interview appeared on “The Situation Room” and “AC360,” among other programs.

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Typically, that would be the end of the story, except that Christie wasn’t going to let the comment slip by.

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After A Long Campaign, Correspondents At Romney HQ Ready For A Long Night

GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s campaign headquarters is about to start filling up in Boston, Massachusetts. For correspondents covering the Romney campaign, today has been a relatively uneventful one in the grand scheme of the campaign, though that will soon change.

“This is the first quiet day we have had in I don’t know how long,” NBC’s Peter Alexander told TVNewser. “Everything has been said, now you just wait and see what America says.”

As the polls close across the country, the network correspondents in Boston are gearing up to try and take the temperature of the Romney camp. While viewers at home get a larger perspective, the view in the campaign headquarters is a unique one.

“The advantage is that you have right at your disposal key people inside the campaign who are telling you what is going on,” CNN’s Jim Acosta told us. “Of course you are being spun, but it is a ringside seat not many people have, and a vantage point that you can share with the world.”

For tonight, correspondents are ready to expect the unexpected, and to go late if need be.

“Just when you have conventional wisdom building or predictions that come into focus on election day, you have to wonder, what will the surprise be tonight,” ABC’s David Muir told us, noting that this campaign has been rife with surprises, from Hurricane Sandy to the “47%” tape.

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The Media Scene in Boston at Romney HQ

Members of the media are setting up at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, site of the Mitt Romney election rally. Alex will be speaking with two tvnewsers who’ve been covering the Romney campaign: CNN’s Jim Acosta and ABC “World News” weekend anchor David Muir. Look for that story later today:

NBC News position at the Boston Convention Center, site of tonight’s Romney rally

CNN’s Election Night Plans

CNN’s coverage of the Presidential election kicks off on Tuesday night at 6pmET. Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper will anchor from Washington, with Candy Crowley in Boston and Erin Burnett in Ohio. This will be CNN’s first election night anchored from Washington, where the network recently unveiled new state-of-the-art facilities.

CNN is deploying more than two dozen reporters across the country. Jim Acosta will be at the Romney campaign headquarters in Boston, while Jessica Yellin, Dan Lothian and Brianna Keilar will be at the Obama headquarters in Chicago. As usual, John King will be manning the Magic Wall.

The network has more than 40 consecutive hours of live programming planned beginning at 5amET Tuesday. Much more in CNN’s release after the jump. Read more

CNN Spreading Out Correspondents Across Swing States

CNN has announced a slew of assignments for network correspondents in advance of the Presidential election. The network will have anchors and reporters in every swing state, as well as some floaters that will travel to multiple states, and the correspondents embedded with the campaigns. The network is launching segments branded as “The Final Battlegrounds” starting on Monday.

“CNN is deploying its vast resources and top-notch reporters into the states that the campaigns are targeting as the election nears,” said Mark Whitaker, executive VP and managing editor of CNN Worldwide in a statement. “Our in-depth reporting and analysis will keep voters informed of the up-to-the-minute developments that will determine the outcome of this extraordinarily close presidential race.”

The correspondent assignments, after the jump.
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Fact Checking To Play Big Role In CNN’s Presidential Debate Coverage

Covering the Presidential debates is tough for the cable news channels. Unlike on an election night, every channel is showing the same thing. The only real differences are in the content that goes into the pre and post-debate programming.

CNN is planning to differentiate its programming by making fact-checking a big part of its debate coverage. John Berman and Tom Foreman will comprise the “reality check” team, and will be looking to call out President Obama and Mitt Romney for the inevitable stretches of truth that will occur.

The pre-debate and post-debate programming will be anchored by Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, John King, Erin Burnett and Candy Crowley. For the first debate next week in Denver, Crowley and Burnett will be in the Mile High City. Jessica Yellin and Jim Acosta will be reporting from the debate floor, and from the “spin room” afterwards.

More information, after the jump.
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The Ticker: Muir, Current, 60′s 45th…

  • With a week to go until the first Presidential debate, ABC’s David Muir sat down with GOP candidate Mitt Romney this afternoon in Toledo. The interview airs tonight on “World News with Diane Sawyer” and tomorrow on “Good Morning America.” Romney was interviewed by CNN’s Jim Acosta yesterday.

  • TV’s longest-running primetime program, “60 Minutes” launches its 45th season Sunday with a Lara Logan report from Afghanistan and the first interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger since the revelations of a secret out-of-wedlock child with his housekeeper.

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