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The Ticker (Gustav edition): Shep, Anderson, Gibson…

> FNC’s Shepard Smith gets some high praise from the Kansas City Star’s Aaron Barnhart. “Now that Shepard Smith is on Fox, there’s really no reason to watch anything else,” he writes. “Knowledge of his home state and his experience from the Katrina watch makes him the authority.”

> CNN’s Anderson Cooper is leading the on-the-ground coverage of Gustav, reporting from the French Quarter in New Orleans. As for the rest of Cooper’s week, CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein tells TVNewser, “We’ll make a call based on the severity of the storm and what the Republicans decide to do.”

> ABC has filled it’s 10pm hour reserved for RNC coverage — they’ll air a one-hour primetime special edition of 20/20 tonight, anchored by Charlie Gibson. An interview with Mayor Ray Nagin will be part of the special. George Stephanopoulos will have the political implications from St. Paul.

> Update: NBC is using 10pm slot for a Hurricane special as well, anchored by Brian Williams. Williams (from New Orleans) is joined by Ann Curry from Houma, LA and Tom Brokaw from St. Paul.

> Update, update: CBS is doing the same. Katie Couric anchors at 10pm from Baton Rouge, with contributors ranging from Harry Smith, Dave Price and Byron Pitts discussing Gustav and Bob Schieffer and Jeff Greenfield talking RNC. CBS will also have Couric interviews with Nagin and Michael Chertoff.

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Why is the TSA Watching This Man?

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This is CNN correspondent, and recent edition to the TSA Watch List, Drew Griffin. Why was he added to the list? Maybe it has something to do with his recent reporting about TSA. Griffin was brought up during a congressional hearing today, when Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee questioned Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff about the inclusion.

Said Lee: “We understand that a new member is on the watch list. Drew Griffin of CNN. And, my question is, why would Drew Griffin’s name go on the watch list, post his investigation of TSA? What a curious, and interesting, and troubling phenomenon. What is the basis of this sudden recognition that Drew Griffin is a terrorist?”

We hear the issue will be addressed on Campbell Brown: Election Center tonight at 8pmET.

Click continued to see a segment from CNN Newsroom today featuring Lee’s comments and Griffin’s response…

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The “Gut” Feeling About Cable News

Variety columnist Brian Lowry writes about the cable news coverage of DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff‘s “gut feeling.”

“The news channels unwittingly reward nebulous plots with the sort of overwhelming response normally reserved for Paris Hilton.” Lowry writes. “More troubling, however, isn’t so much the news media’s tendency toward groupthink as nonthink — or ‘Televise now, think later…’”