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Networks Will Cover Chuck Hagel Resignation

abccbsnbclogosLess than a week after the White House got annoyed over major broadcast networks skipping President Barack Obama‘s address on immigration, networks will cover today’s special report on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announcing his resignation.

ABC News is breaking into regularly scheduled programming today at approximately 11:10amET. George Stephanopoulos anchors for the network from New York with live reporting from Martha Raddatz and Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl from Washington D.C.

NBC will provide a special report, anchored by Savannah Guthrie in New York. As part of NBC’s coverage, Jim Miklaszewski will be at the Pentagon and Chris Jansing at the White House.

CBS will not air a special report, but will cover the announcement on CBSN. The cable news networks — which have been covering the news since The New York Times broke the story just after 9am — will also cover Obama’s remarks.

Fox broadcasting is offering an optional special report for affiliates.

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American General Killed in Afghanistan Attack

Broadcast and cable networks reported this morning on an attack at a military academy in Afghanistan that killed a two star major general and wounded 15 other soldiers. About half of the 15 wounded are said to be Americans, and the general is reportedly the highest ranking official to be killed in the Afghanistan war.

Amy Robach anchored a special report on ABC News at 10:30amET. Robach was joined by Jonathan Karl at the White House and Martha Raddatz by phone. NBC News presented a special report anchored by Savannah Guthrie in New York, with Jim Miklaszewski reporting from the Pentagon, at 11amET. On CBS News, Norah O’Donnell updated the West Coast feed of “CBS This Morning.”

On cable news, Chuck Todd reported the attack at 9amET on MSNBC, Bill Hemmer reported it on Fox News at 9:03amET, and Carol Costello reported the news on CNN at 9:16amET.

Obama Announces Troop Cuts in Afghanistan

In a statement from the Rose Garden Tuesday afternoon, President Obama detailed his plan to “conclude our combat mission in Afghanistan.” Obama announced a reduction of U.S. troops from 33,000 to 9,800 at the beginning of 2015, and half that at the end of 2015. Then, by the end of 2016 — 15 years after the war in Afghanistan began — the president said the U.S. military “will draw down to a normal embassy presence in Kabul with a security assistance component.”

All three broadcast networks presented special reports: David Gregory anchored for NBC, George Stephanopoulos anchored for ABC and Norah O’Donnell anchored for CBS. Gregory was joined by Peter Alexander and Jim Miklaszewski, Stephanopoulos was joined by Jonathan Karl and Martha Raddatz, and O’Donnell was joined by Major Garrett and David Martin.

The cable news networks also provided live coverage. The president did not take questions from the press.

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.

On Cable News, Covering Syria From Afar (Mostly)

There continues to be a massive civil war in Syria, but thanks in part to a government crackdown on foreign journalists, coverage on cable news tends to be from afar.

As the situation continues to deteriorate, news organizations will have to weigh the pros and cons of trying to sneak producers or correspondents into the country. A number of journalists have been killed in the country, so sneaking in is not a matter to be taken lightly.

Cable news is dominated by politics, but as 2011 showed, revolutions make for extremely compelling TV.

CNN is the only cable news channel to have a correspondent in the country right now, and it has far more coverage than either Fox News or MSNBC, according to TVEyes. CNN correspondent Arwa Damon snuck into the country, and has been reporting for CNN both in daytime and primetime. According to TVEyes, CNN had at least one segment on Syria (often two or three) every hour from 1PM-11PM yesterday.

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Former MTP Moderator Marvin Kalb Says the New Sunday Morning Ratings Battle ‘Almost Inevitable’

He was one of CBS’s “Murrow’s Boys”, then a moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press, now a Fox News contributor.  Not surprisingly, Marvin Kalb has a lot to say about television news.

TVNewser caught up with Kalb, 81, during a visit to Chicago’s Pritzker Military Library Thursday night, during a speaking tour for a book he co-authored with his daughter Deborah KalbHaunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency From Ford to Obama addresses how the shadow of the war continues to affect White House decision-making to this day.

TVNewser: In your talk tonight you said that “today’s reporters are better educated about the military than they’ve ever been”. Which current tvnewsers do you think do a good job of covering the Pentagon, the military?

Kalb: Jim Miklaszewski at NBC does a very fine job. At CBS, David Martin is a highly-experienced, skillful, knowledgeable reporter who’s about as solid in covering the Pentagon as anybody you can find.  And there are many others as well, but those are two first-rate TV reporters.

TVNewser: I want to ask you about Andy Rooney, whom you know well and who’s in the hospital right now.  Do you know anything about his condition?

Kalb: No I don’t…Andy is a remarkable example of a reporter who started in World War II, and right up to the present day, was able to observe the nuttiness of life.  And reported with a touch of humor and class.  And he will always be among my favorites.

TVNewserFox News CEO Roger Ailes recently talked about a “course correction” for the network.  As an FNC contributor, what are your thoughts on that?

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How the Evening Newscasts Reported the Death of Muammar Gaddafi

The three U.S. evening newscasts spent a combined 32 minutes and 45 seconds on the killing of Muammar Gaddafi on their newscasts Thursday evening, extending their first blocks beyond the 10-minute mark.

A Libyan news anchor smiles while reporting the news of Muammar Gaddafi's death, as shown on NBC Nightly News Thursday night.

NBC spent 11:02 on the story, leading off with chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel on set in New York. Then reports from Adrienne Mong, the only U.S. network correspondent in Misrata, Libya, Jim Miklaszewski was at the Pentagon, Andrea Mitchell had a look-back on Gaddafi’s life and Brian Williams had an on-set interview with a counter-terrorism official.

ABC’s “World News” anchored by George Stephanopoulos spent 10:45 on the story, leading off Christiane Amanpour on set. Amanpour had the most recent U.S. network interview with Gaddafi in late February as the insurgency was flaring up. Later on “Nightline” Amanpour had an interview with an American woman who had worked for the Gaddafi family up until just a few months ago. She’d set up the Amanpour-Gaddafi interview. Jake Tapper reported from the White House, David Muir talked with a man who lost his brother in the Pan Am 103 bombing and Barbara Walters was on set to talk about her interview with the “Mad Dog of the Middle East” in 1989. Stephanopoulos added he’d interviewed Gaddafi in 2003.

The “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” spent 10:58 on the story, including the lead which was tracked by Pelley and a Skype interview with freelance American journalist Holly Pickett who rode the ambulance with Gaddafi in his final moments. Kitty Logan reported from Tripoli, David Martin was at the Pentagon, Mark Phillips had a look-back and Jim Axelrod reported on the families of the survivors of the Pan Am 103 bombing.

We’ve embedded several stories after the jump…

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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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Pentagon Correspondents Briefed on Osama Bin Laden Intelligence Trove; Networks vary in how Beard-Dyed Bin Laden tapes are Broadcast

The network news Pentagon correspondents have just been briefed on the massive intelligence trove taken during the raid on Osama Bin Laden‘s compound last Sunday. MSNBC immediately aired the videos of a beard-dyed Bin Laden as NBC’s Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski was making his way to his camera position. Miklaszewski and MSNBC anchor Alex Witt discussed the videos as they played. At one point, a video shows Bin Laden watching TV (above). Miklaszewski describes Bin Laden with the remote control, “working it like most American men watching sports on the weekend…as he’s flipping channels to find reports about himself.”

Around 1:05pmET, after MSNBC had aired most of the five as-yet unreleased Bin Laden videos at least once, CNN began playing the videos. Fox News chose not to take the videos directly to air, instead broadcasting still images from the video showing the black-bearded Bin Laden.

CNN’s Barbara Starr had an interesting behind the scenes observation, telling anchor Fredicka Whitfield, “You had perhaps 50 reporters here in the Pentagon for a background briefing from a senior intelligence official, we were not allowed to record it, we could take no pictures, we can broadcast nothing from this briefing in terms of what was said, but the Obama administration had an official in the room taking pictures of us.”

Jennifer Griffin on Fox News characterized the intelligence take as “the mother-load” describing Bin Laden in one video looking “like an old man on the floor just watching Al Jazeera.”

Fox News anchor Jamie Colby explained FNC’s policy: “We are only showing you these stills, and not the video. It is our position that we will not ever air video that would serve as propaganda.”

CBS News produced a special report around 12:58pmET with Anthony Mason anchoring in New York and Bob Orr at the Pentagon. ABC News produced a special report around 1:08pmET anchored by David Muir and Martha Raddatz at the Pentagon. Both CBS and ABC aired the videos, none of which had audio.

> More: The DOD video release is changing up cable news afternoon programming. Fox News’ “America’s News HQ” will air until 3pmET; “Journal Editorial Report” and “FOX News Watch” will air at 3 and 3:30pmET, preempting a John Stossel special. MSNBC went live until 2pmET while CNN/U.S. and CNNI have been simulcasting for much of the afternoon.

Some Network Reports Look Silly After it Appears ‘Mystery Missile’ Really Isn’t

Yesterday, the cable news channels were all aflutter over a mystery missile launch that happened off the California coast.

For the most part the three channels played up the “U.S. government has no idea what it is” angle, with all three at one point or another engaging in some mindless fear-mongering.

Now the evidence is leaning heavily towards a much more benign explanation: it was a contrail from an airplane, with the viewing angle and lighting giving it the appearance of a missile.

So, which network did the best job of fear-mongering yesterday? Find out after the jump.
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