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Without Naming the Network, Scott Pelley Mentions ‘Cable News Channel’ that Named Navy SEAL

Tonight’s “60 Minutes” devoted the entire hour to Scott Pelley‘s interview with former Navy SEAL Team 6 member Mark Owen – not his real name — who’s written the first and only public account of the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. “Owen” was in the first Blackhawk that crashed landed in Bin Laden’s compound, he was one of two SEALs who shot Bin Laden, and he was the one that took the photos of a dead Bin Laden. While The Pentagon is not pleased with “No Easy Day” —  they say Owen violated a secrecy agreement — Owen tells Pelley he’s “had nothing but an outpouring of support from the guys who know me.”

At the close of tonight’s show, Pelley also said:

When word of the book came out last month, a cable news channel learned Mark Owen’s real name and reported it. Since then, others have reported his name. We will not.

Without naming the network, Pelley is referring to Fox News. Interestingly, the person who wrote the story on FoxNews.com is Pentagon producer Justin Fishel, the grandson of the late, longtime “60 Minutes” essayist Andy Rooney. Pelley was one of a few CBS colleagues who spoke at Rooney’s memorial service earlier this year.

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Which Primetime TV News Program Has Booked The Anonymous Navy SEAL?

The New York Times reports that a firsthand account of the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden will be published next month, though the Navy SEAL who wrote it is choosing to remain anonymous. As a result, he will do publicity for the book while hiding his identity.

Because the book is written under a pseudonym, the author will appear in disguise during television interviews to promote the book. At least one major network prime-time appearance has been planned, a person familiar with the plans said, and during interviews on television and radio, the author’s voice will be altered.

Which primetime show will the author be appearing on? CBS “60 Minutes” sounds like a good fit, though other networks would probably make accommodations if it meant getting an exclusive.

Of course, he may not have to hide anymore. Fox News Channel’s Justin Fishel claims to have uncovered the identity of the SEAL in question, and reports that he could face legal ramifications.

Update: Fox News released a statement from executive VP and executive editor John Moody regarding the decision to publish the name:

“Once you write a book, anonymously or not, you have no reasonable expectation of privacy.”

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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Andy Rooney, As Remembered By His Grandson

As we have noted, the late Andy Rooney has a number of descendants working in TV news. One of those is his grandson, Fox News producer Justin Fishel.

Fishel wrote a “farewell” to his grandfather on Foxnews.com, recounting some of his more memorable stories:

When I graduated from college he harassed me about work.  He didn’t have much pity for the unemployed.  He wanted to know what I was doing, like any curious grandfather.  Well, I was living at home with my parents.  So he took it upon himself to call at 5:30 am… every morning.  He prided himself on being up early.  I’d answer the phone next to my bed.

“Hello?” I’d say.

“Jud- you find work yet?”  (He called me Jud)

“Grandpa?” I’d answer, in a half conscious stupor.

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Andy Rooney Dies at 92

Legendary CBS News commentator Andy Rooney, whose weekly “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney” commentaries on “60 Minutes” made him a welcome guest in millions of people’s homes across the country, died last night in the hospital in New York City of complications following minor surgery.

Born January 14, 1919 in Albany New York, Rooney began his journalism career in the U.S. Army, where he wrote for the Stars & Stripes newspaper during World War II. He would join CBS in 1949 as a writer for a number of entertainment programs, including “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts.” He wrote his first essay–a precursor to the sorts of essays he would write for “60 Minutes”–in 1964.

Rooney partnered with CBS correspondent Harry Reasoner to write and produce a number of commentaries from 1964-1968, and served as a producer on the first few seasons of “60 Minutes.” His “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney” segment became a regular feature  in 1978, and it remained a staple of the program until ending it in September.

Rooney has written a regular newspaper column for Tribune starting in 1979, and has also written 16 books. He received a lifetime achievement Emmy Ward from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 2003.

In his final regular “60 Minutes” appearance, Rooney reflected on his career, and as he so often did in his commentaries, he explained his thoughts in a straightforward, concise manner.

“I’ve done a lot of complaining here, but of all the things I’ve complained about, I can’t complain about my life,” Rooney said.

He is survived by his four children, as well as his five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His children include ABC News correspondent Brian Rooney and WGBH and former “ABC World News” EP Emily Rooney, and one of his grandchildren, Justin Fishel, is the Pentagon producer for Fox News Channel.

Andy Rooney Shows Softer Side: Great-Grandfather

In his final regular “A Few Minutes With…” segment tonight, Andy Rooney took time to write about his family.

I’ve done a lot of complaining here, but of all the things I’ve complained about, I can’t complain about my life. My wife Margie and I had four good kids…now there are grandchildren. I have two great grand children although they’re a little young for me to know how great they are. And all this time I’ve been paid to say what is on my mind on television. You don’t get any luckier in life than that.

Two of Rooney’s children, Brian and Emily followed their father into the business. Brian was a longtime correspondent for ABC News and Emily is a talk radio and TV host in Boston, and before that held producing and executive stints at Fox, ABC News and at WCVB-TV in Boston. Rooney’s grandson Justin Fishel is the Pentagon producer for Fox News. Rooney, 92, is pictured with his two great-grandchildren — Fishel’s twins — born in May of 2009.

Andy Rooney Returns to ’60 Minutes’ Next Week

If you watched the season premiere of “60 Minutes” last night you may have noticed the absence of Andy Rooney. Rooney, 92, has slowed down a bit since the Spring.

Rooney joined CBS News in 1949 and has been giving end-of-show commentary on “60 Minutes” since 1978. CBS tells us he has a segment on next Sunday’s “60 Minutes.”

Journalism is all in the family for the Rooneys. Son Brian Rooney continues as a freelance correspondent for ABC News, daughter Emily Rooney hosts shows on WGBH TV and radio in Boston and grandson Justin Fishel is the Pentagon producer for Fox News.

A TV News Family Affair: The Rooneys Stick Together in Good Times, and Bad

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Brian Rooney, his father Andy Rooney and sister Emily Rooney in a LIFE magazine story from the Spring of 1993.

When you mess with one Rooney, you mess with them all.

Ergo, when veteran correspondent Brian Rooney becomes a victim of ABC News’ slash-and-burn cuts, the whole family fumes.

“Maybe ABC is in bigger trouble than we know,” says his father, “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney, 91. “It seems unfair. They should have more concern for their own employees, and find a way to keep the ones who have been there a long while.”

Brian Rooney, 58, an L.A.-based staffer for 22 years, was told last month that his contract, which expires April 30, would not be renewed.

Sister Emily Rooney, dumped by ABC in 1994 after a hiccup as executive producer of Peter Jennings‘ “World News Tonight”, says her kid brother was shafted.

“He’s been a loyal foot soldier, not one of the stars,” opines Rooney, 60, a producer at Boston’s WGBH. “He’s gone into war zones, covered wildfires, flown around the country in rickety airplanes. He’s put himself in harm’s way.

“For him to be given the brush-off like that is stunning.”

For his part, Brian Rooney is trying to choose his words carefully. The Rooneys “are kind of a hard bunch” when it comes to overt displays of emotion, he says, but this time is an exception to the rule.

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A Fox News Producer Becomes a Father, and Andy Rooney a Great-Grandfather

Fishels_6.6.JPGCongratulations are in order for Fox News Pentagon producer Justin Fishel and his wife Gayle. Gayle gave birth to twins, Andrew Kirby Fishel and Liza Cassidy Fishel, a couple weeks ago making Justin’s grandfather, “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney a great-grandfather.

Gayle and Justin met at Fox News Channel in 2001 while working on the assignment desk together. She has since moved to Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide where she is an Account Director in the consumer marketing sector. Justin has been working as the Fox News Pentagon Producer for the last two years.

And twins run in Justin’s family. His mother Martha and Aunt Emily are identical twins. Emily Rooney is a former ABC News producer who now hosts a show on WGBH in Boston. Justin’s uncle Brian Rooney is a correspondent for ABC News.

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