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Mike Taibbi Leaving NBC News

TAIBBIAfter more than 40 years in TV news, first at local stations in Boston and New York and later at ABC News, CBS News, and most recently, NBC News, Mike Taibbi is leaving the business.

Taibbi, 65, joined NBC News in 1997 as a correspondent for “Dateline NBC.” Prior to that he was a correspondent for CBS’ “48 Hours,” and before that he was a London-based correspondent for ABC News.

Taibbi, the father of author/journalist Matt Taibbi, reports for all NBC News broadcasts. He spent months in the middle east covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. More recently he was the lead correspondent on several big domestic stories, including the movie theater massacre in Aurora, CO, the Michael Jackson trial and the Gabby Giffords shooting.

Taibbi began his career in television in 1971 as a reporter for WCVB-TV in Boston. He also worked as an investigative reporter for WNAC-TV in Boston, and at two New York stations: WNBC and WCBS.

In a note to colleagues (after the jump), obtained by TVNewser, Taibbi writes, “My time as a television reporter may have lasted only this long but it’s the stories I’ve loved without pause, all these decades, not the fact that I got to tell them on television.”

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NBC Fires Back at Las Vegas CBS Affiliate

OsterlohKnappGeorge Knapp, who does commentary for KLAS, the CBS affiliate in Las Vegas, has taken an NBC News producer to task for trying to secure interviews with the family of one of two Las Vegas police officers murdered last weekend.

TVSpy reports that during last night’s 6pm newscast, Knapp called out Shelley Osterloh, (left) a former anchor in Salt Lake City, now a freelance producer for NBC, for gaining entry into the home of Alyn Beck one of two LVMPD officers and another man killed in a rampage on Sunday.

“When we heard Tuesday night that a TV producer had used a phony cover story and maybe outright lies to weasel her way into the home of one of the slain officers, our initial thought was, ‘There must be a mistake. No journalist could possibly be so heartless, so creepy. But we were wrong. It happened.’”

VegasTodayKLAS also reported the story on its 11pm show and three times during this morning’s newscast. The station said police were “beyond furious” and cited Osterloh for parking her car in a red zone. Osterloh got the interviews, which were used in “Today” show story this morning reported by Mike Taibbi.

Still, NBC says KLAS’s account, is not true…

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Colorado Shooting: Network Special Reports For First Court Appearance

The broadcast networks are planning special reports for the 11:30 AM court appearance of James Holmes, the man who opened fire in a Colorado movie theater, killing 12 and wounding dozens of others.

On CBS, Scott Pelley will anchor, joined by correspondent John Miller. On ABC Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor, joined by David Muir. On NBC, Brian Williams will anchor, joined by Savannah Guthrie and Kate Snow, with Mike Taibbi in the courtroom itself.

The cable news channels will, of course, also be providing live coverage as part of their dayside news programming.

Update: The special reports are on, and we have a first look at Holmes in court. The feed went in and out of audio around 11:40, and the networks had to pull out around 11:42 as a result. The cause seems to be the wireless streaming tech powering the live feed.

Wisconsin Senate Vote takes Cable Nets by Surprise

Three weeks of political discord in Wisconsin came to a surprising head tonight.

“A FOX urgent now from Wisconsin where republicans apparently are trying to do an end run around democrats,” said Jon Scott on FNC 7:19pmET. By 7:30pm the vote had occurred. With democratic senators still out of the state, Wisconsin’s GOP-led senate passed restrictions on collective bargaining for public employees. FNC’s Scott, along with Mike Tobin from Madison, reported the news of the vote, while the revolt was beginning outside. “Listen closely, you can probably hear the demonstrators outside of the senate chambers,” said Tobin.

CNN’s John King reported the news at 7:41 and the coverage continued into the 8pm hour on “In the Arena.”

MSNBC was first to report the news at 6:45pm that a vote was going to occur. NBC’s Mike Taibbi reporting from Madison, telling Cenk Uygur that a “moderate republican told me that the governor had met with his republican conference in the senate this afternoon and all but locked in a compromise with the unions on the subject of collective bargaining but that the hard liners among senate republicans decided a short time ago to have a vote anyway.”

Chris Matthews broke in to his taped edition of “Hardball” at 7:48 after the vote had happened, and was joined by Ed Schultz: “Chris, we are on the verge of a legal battle in Wisconsin of epic proportion,” Schultz predicted. The coverage continued through the 8pm hour with Lawrence O’Donnell and into the 9pm hour with Rachel Maddow who called the vote “a desperation move.” Maddow spoke with filmmaker Michael Moore in studio who’d led a rally in Madison on Saturday.

By 10pm, Fox News anchor and Wisconsin native Greta Van Susteren reported, “guards have given up guarding the main entrance to the Wisconsin state capitol. Thousands are pouring into the capitol and those who can’t get in are taking to the streets.”

On his MSNBC show at 10pm, Schultz spoke with 10 of the so-called Wisconsin 14 democratic senators. They vowed to return to Wisconsin, “but not tomorrow.”

And while the story was front and center on Fox News and MSNBC for much of the night, CNN’s Anderson Cooper chose a different lead at 10pm: “We begin with direct evidence that Moammar Gadhafi is killing civilians,” said Cooper who spent 38 minutes on the situation in Libya, before reporting the news from Wisconsin.

Are NBC and CBS taking a competitive swipe at an ABC affiliate?

This morning, CBS’ “The Early Show” and NBC’s “Today” show produced stories on the criminal case against  Heidi Jones, a weathercaster on WABC, ABC’s flagship O&O and the dominant news station in New York.

Jones, who does weekend weather for WABC and has filled in on “Good Morning America”, is accused of filing a false police report. She told the NYPD that someone tried to rape her as she was jogging in Central Park. Jones, who is a marathon runner and hosts a website called Run With Heidi, has been suspended and is facing misdemeanor charges. WABC reported the news on its Noon and 5pm newscasts Wednesday and the story is on their website.

WCBS-TV in New York aired stories on their Noon, 5, 6 and 11pm newscasts yesterday. Then this morning, “The Early Show” produced a package on the case which set up a segment during which Harry Smith talked with psychologist Jennifer Hartstein and CBS News legal analyst (and former NBC, ABC and CourtTV anchor) Jack Ford.

NBC News sent reporter Mike Taibbi to Central Park to front the story at 7:30amET and again at 9am on “Today.” Then anchor Meredith Vieira talked about it with psychiatrist Gail Saltz.

Were CBS and NBC really trying to shed light on this story, or just take a shot at a strong, local competitor? Let us know what you think in the comments.

How Did Juan Williams Factor on the Evening Newscasts?

The Juan Williams NPR firing, in the context of the perception of Muslims in America as well as other journalists who’ve lost their jobs recently, lead two of the three evening newscasts last night: ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” with a story reported by Sharyn Alfonsi and the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric” in a story reported by Ben Tracy.

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” covered the story about halfway through the broadcast in a story reported by Mike Taibbi. The evening newscasts are watched by an average of 16 million people every night. We’ll have ratings for Williams’s “O’Reilly Factor” appearance later this afternoon.

Watch all three evening news stories after the jump…

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Matt Taibbi thinks Lara Logan is one of the reasons network news ‘hasn’t mattered since the 70s’

MattTaibbi_6.30.jpgMatt Taibbi (right) thinks CBS News correspondent Lara Logan “sucks.” He said so in a blog post on RollingStone.com this week:

But now we get CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent Lara Logan slamming our own Michael Hastings on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” program, agreeing that the Rolling Stone reporter violated an “unspoken agreement” that journalists are not supposed to “embarrass [the troops] by reporting insults and banter.”

Anyone who wants to know why network television news hasn’t mattered since the seventies just needs to check out this appearance by Logan.

MikeTaibbi_6.30.jpgInteresting that Taibbi thinks network news “hasn’t mattered since the seventies.” It’s network TV news that has kept his father, NBC News correspondent Mike Taibbi (right), employed for more than 15 years. Matt Taibbi even targets NBC in his screed against Logan:

And true, most of the major TV outlets are completely in the bag for the Pentagon, with two of them (NBC/GE and Logan’s own CBS, until recently owned by Westinghouse, one of the world’s largest nuclear weapons manufacturers) having operated for years as leaders in both the broadcast media and weapons-making businesses.

Matt’s dad worked for CBS during the days of the Westinghouse ownership. Westinghouse sold its defense business to Northrup Gruman in 1996 and sold CBS to Viacom in 1999.

As for Logan, a CBS News spokesperson tells TVNewser, “Anyone who watches Lara’s reporting, whether it’s from a war zone or anywhere else, knows it’s journalism of the highest caliber.”

8.8 Earthquake Strikes Chile Overnight

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The U.S. cable news networks are providing coverage this morning of an 8.8 earthquake that struck central Chile overnight, along the Pacific coast. This is the most powerful earthquake to hit the region in 50 years — since 1960′s 9.5 quake, the biggest in recorded history.

FNC, CNN and MSNBC are relying on images from TV Chile as well as from that network’s news channel 24 Horas. CNN is also relying on information from CNN Chile, and CNN en Espanol. MSNBC is using the resources of NBCU’s Spanish-language network Telemundo. That network, as well as Univision, have been airing uninterrupted coverage from Chile this morning.

Reporting times: Fox News – 2:35amEST, CNN/U.S. – 2:59am, MSNBC – 3:25am. The quake struck at 3:34am. Santiago is two hours ahead of EST.

> More: I received an email from Todd Ogasawara, editor of mediabistro.com site MobileContentToday, a short time ago. Todd lives in Honolulu:

We’re under an ocean-wide tsunami warning (first in decades) caused by the massive earthquake in Chile. Whatever hits will hit around 11:19am HST (4:19pm Eastern) Saturday Feb. 27.

Just got back from Safeway where foot traffic was starting to build by the time I left at 2:25am.

> More: Fox News will preempt Journal Editorial Report, FOX News Watch and Glenn Beck and instead stay live from 2-4pmET with Kelly Wright and Juliet Huddy.

> Related: CNN Relays Most News About Crisis

> More: CNN correspondents/anchors heading to the region: John Zarella, Soledad O’Brien, Ted Rowlands, Ed Lavandera, Elizabeth Cohen, Gary Tuchman. (h/t: ICN)

> More: FNC’s Phil Keating is en route to Chile.

> 1pmET Update: CNN/U.S. is simulcasting CNN International. MSNBC is preempting docs for continuing coverage. CNN has also updated who they are sending to the region: It is Soledad O’Brien, Dan Simon, John Zarella, Hala Gorani, Sara Sidner, and Karl Penhaul.

> More: Pres. Barack Obama addressed the situation from the White House at 1:48pmET. CNN, FNC, FBN, and MSNBC, carried the statement on cable, and ABC carried it in a special report anchored by Sharyn Alfonsi. NBC was in Olympic coverage and CBS was broadcasting NCAA basketball.

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> NBC’s Lester Holt delivers a special report during Olympic coverage at 2:30pmET with video and an excerpt from the president’s remarks.

> More: Ann Curry, Mike Taibbi, and Mark Potter headed to Chile to cover for NBC News. CNN’s Larry King will air a live show tonight at 9pmET.

> More: For ABC, Jeffrey Kofman and David Wright are on their way to Chile. “Nightline” producer Malia Patria is in Chile on assignment and was having dinner when the quake struck. She did a live report for “World News” Saturday.

Kennedy Funeral : Broadcast Network Plans

And here are some the early details of how Sen. Kennedy’s funeral mass in Boston and burial service in Arlington National Cemetery will be covered by the broadcast networks tomorrow:

abcnews120.jpg Saturday morning, Kate Snow will anchor “GMA” from the JFK Library in Boston. At approximately 10:30amET (Update: now 10amET) ABC News will broadcast live coverage of the funeral Mass anchored by Charlie Gibson. At approximately 5:30pmET, Gibson will anchor coverage of the burial service. Throughout the coverage, George Stephanopoulos, Terry Moran, Snow, John Berman, and Susan Milligan will be joining Gibson. Jim Sciutto will anchor “World News” in the evening.
cbsnews120.jpg CBS News will cover the memorial live Saturday morning starting at 10amET with Harry Smith anchoring from New York.
nbc120.jpg Starting at 10amET, Brian Williams will anchor NBC News coverage of the funeral Mass. At 5:30pmET, NBC News coverage will resume for the burial service. NBC News’ coverage will be supplemented by reporting from Andrea Mitchell, Anne Thompson, Kelly O’Donnell, Lester Holt, Mike Taibbi, Mike Viqueira, Norah O’Donnell, and Savannah Guthrie.

TVNewser will post any additional details as we receive them.

Kennedy : Thursday Broadcast Network Plans

Today’s schedule for Sen. Edward Kennedy‘s memorial services: 1pm Motorcade to Boston, Approx 4pm Arrive at JFK library in Boston, 6pm-11pm Sen. Kennedy will lie in repose at the library.

The network coverage plans are as follows:

  • ABC’s Charlie Gibson will anchor portions of the motorcade in special reports as well as “World News” from the JFK library in Boston.
  • CBS will have a live special report when the motorcade arrives in Boston, but could feature break-ins earlier. The special report will be anchored by Russ Mitchell in New York. Tonight, Katie Couric will anchor “Evening News” from Boston.
  • NBC tells us that, for the most part, MSNBC will cover the daytime events. On “Nightly News,” Lester Holt will anchor from the Kennedy Library with Andrea Mitchell, Kelly O’Donnell and Mike Taibbi reporting. (A TVNewser tipster tells us Brian Williams is out tonight because he’s taking his son to college.)

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