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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.

CNN Sending at Least 20 On-Airs to RNC, DNC

The first sentence of CNN’s just-released press release for convention coverage reads like this:

CNN will offer viewers nonstop, unbiased programming across on-air and digital platforms at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions beginning later this month.

It’s as if CNN is saying, if you watch Fox News or MSNBC during the conventions, those networks will lean right, or left, or forward (never backward), so watch us if you want it down the middle. Our TVNewsers Alex Weprin and Merrill Knox will be at the conventions — ahem — keeping them honest.

Anyway, CNN has big plans. Read about them after the jump…

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The Ticker: NALEO, SCOTUS, Nightly

  • The Supreme Court ruled today that the FCC “failed to give Fox or ABC fair notice prior to the broadcasts in question that fleeting expletives and momentary nudity could be found actionably indecent.” ABC is pleased: “We’re pleased with the decision of the Supreme Court regarding the episode of NYPD Blue.”

  • Clickspring Design has won an award for the design of NBC’s Studio 3B, home to “Nightly News” and “Rock Center.” Nightly began broadcasting from the new studio on October 24, 2011, a week ahead of Rock Center’s debut on October 31.

Romney Aides Block Reporters from Rope Line at Campaign Event in Florida

Reporters assigned to the Romney campaign took to Twitter this morning after press aides and the U.S. Secret Service attempted to block the press from asking the GOP presidential candidate questions while he worked the rope line.

A spokesperson for the campaign told Politico, “This was an error on the part of the campaign staff and volunteers. We have reminded them that press is allowed on the rope line to record the governor’s interactions with voters.”

CNN’s video of the incident is after the jump.

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Washington Caucus Coverage

We know you can’t wait for Super Tuesday, but hold your horses. First, Washingtonians vote tomorrow. Here’s the cable coverage:

  • MSNBC will be producing extended cut-ins during Saturday night documentaries.

Network Plans for the Arizona and Michigan Primaries

Voters in Michigan and Arizona go to the polls tomorrow. Polls close at 8pmET in Lower Michigan and most of the U.P. And and hour later, at 9pmET, in the Westernmost counties which are in the Central Time Zone. Polls close at 9pmET in Arizona.

Miguel Marquez Joins CNN

Miguel Marquez, late of ABC News, will rejoin CNN as a Los Angeles-based correspondent, TVNewser has learned.

Until November, Marquez was a London-based correspondent for ABC News. He’d joined ABC from CNN in 2005. In his first CNN stint Marquez was an anchor at Headline News based at CNN in Atlanta. Marquez joined CNN in April 2003 from FOX affiliate KSAZ in Phoenix, where he was a reporter. Before that Marquez worked at WNBC in New York. He got his start at CBS News as a national desk assistant for the “CBS Evening News,” “48 Hours” and “60 Minutes.”

Snowpocalypse? Snowmaggeden? How about Brrrricane?

The traditional day-after Christmas retail stories are taking a back seat today to the blizzard now bearing down on the Northeast. 2,000 flights are canceled, train and bus service on the busy I-95 corridor is halted, a blizzard warning is in effect through Monday. Local national TV news reporters, camera crews, producers and production crews will be working overtime, and because the blizzard is falling at the end of a holiday weekend, several newsies are finding themselves stranded. FBN’s Liz Claman tweeted that she’ll anchor her show from Los Angeles tomorrow and return to New York Tuesday. CNN correspondent Jim Acosta thinks “Snowpocalypse and Snowmaggeden” are dated. He Tweets “Brrrricane” is more fitting. With 60 MPH wind gusts, he’s on to something. And Fox News’ Andy Levy Twetted a message for the media: “Please make sure to refer to today’s snowfall as ‘vast and predominantly white.’”

Not only is tonight’s Philadelphia Eagles – Minnesota Vikings game postponed until Tuesday (left, snowbound Lincoln Financial Field during tonight’s NBC Nightly News), the New York Giants are stuck in Green Bay after their loss to the Packers this evening. The team plane will not be able to get back to New York until tomorrow.

In addition to the horizontal blowing and blinding snow, this storm has also packed thunder and lightning. CNN meteorologist Bonnie Schneider explains the phenomenon…
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