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CNN Staffers Reflect on Covering Iraq

CNN is asking six of its staffers to reflect on covering the wars in Iraq. Both the 1991 Gulf War and “Operation Iraqi Freedom” of the aughts are represented.

Correspondent Arwa Damon, former CNN President Tom Johnson, Producer Yousuf Basil, Producer Ingrid Formanek, Reporter Nic Robertson, and Cameraman Sarmad Qaseera are the staffers that reflect on their time covering the country.

You can see what they have to say in “Wars in Iraq: What I Remember” here.

Rare Get-together for CNN’s Foreign Correspondents as They Reflect on 2011

CNN’s Anderson Cooper hosts a year end special with CNN’s foreign correspondents, including (l-r) Ben Wedeman, Arwa Damon and Nic Robertson

It’s a good thing today was a relatively quite international news day because most of CNN’s foreign correspondents were gathered in New York talking about about the incredible year that was. From the Arab Spring to the triple tragedy in Japan, reporters Nic Robertson, Ben Wedeman, Arwa Damon, Hala Gorani, Matthew Chance, Sara Sidner, Kyung Lah and Ivan Watson crowded into Piers Morgan‘s studio at Time Warner Center where Anderson Cooper, who’s also reported from many of the world’s hotspots this year, lead the discussion.

CNN International EVP Tony Maddox tells TVNewser the get-together, which happens once every few years, “was the greatest gathering of foreign journalists on the planet.”

Before the taping we asked Robertson what is his most remarkable moment of this remarkable year. Robertson, who started as an engineer with CNN in 1990, says it was the uprising in Bahrain in February. “We were approaching Pearl Square and all hell was breaking loose.” Robertson used his iPhone to report live on CNN. Later, as he was rushed out of the area, he used the phone to record more video and his audio for a package that was edited in Atlanta. “That’s a far cry from 36 boxes of equipment we used to use,” added CNN EVP Ken Jautz

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Lost In Irene Madness: CNN Tracks Down Lockerbie Bomber in Libya

CNN’s ace foreign correspondent Nic Robertson is in Libya, covering the aftermath of the battles that brought Tripoli into the hands of the rebels. Lost in the madness stateside surrounding Hurricane Irene was a brilliant bit of journalism, as Robertson tracked down the man convicted of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, or the Lockerbie Bomber, as he became known, was found by Robertson comatose and being fed via an IV drip in his Tripoli villa. After Tripoli fell, some news reports suggested that he had fled the country and was living a life of luxury in exile. As Robertson discovered, that was certainly not the case, although the transition government in Libya says that they would not be extraditing him to another country.

Check out Robertson’s report, here:

As News Prepares to Break In Yemen, Only CNN, Al Jazeera English Have Correspondents In-Country

Sometime in the next 48 hours, the embattled president of Yemen will make his first public appearance since being wounded by shrapnel when his compound was attacked. Elsewhere in the region, Syria continues to face daily demonstrations and demands for reform from citizens.

2011 has seen an enormous amount of change in the Middle East and North Africa, including protests that led to the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

As the world watches, only two cable news channels are in-country to cover the news, CNN and Al Jazeera English.

CNN, which has a much larger international presence than its cable news competitors, now has two reporters in Yemen in Nic Robertson and Mohammed Jamjoom, both in the capital city of Sanaa.

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CNN’s Nic Robertson, FNC’s Geraldo Rivera Explain The Situation in Libya

The situation in Libya continues, and as it drags on the TV news organizations are trying to explain it to viewers.

Two correspondents that have been in the country have been busy explaining the situation. The first is CNN’s Nic Robertson, who was in the cable channel’s Atlanta headquarters this week, and took time out of his schedule to give an overview of the situation:

The second was Fox News Channel’s Geraldo Rivera, who appeared on “Fox & Friends” to give his take on Libya:
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Network plans for Obama remarks on Libya

Here’s what the cable networks are planning for coverage of Pres. Obama’s address on Libya tonight at 7:30pmET from the National Defense University.

  • Bloomberg’s executive editor Al Hunt and Julianna Goldman anchor coverage from Bloomberg TV’s Washington bureau.
  • CNBC’s Larry Kudlow anchors coverage during “The Kudlow Report.”
  • Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto anchors “FOX Business Special Report: Target Libya. A Presidential Address” beginning at 7:30pm.
  • MSNBC’s Chuck Todd is in for Chris Matthews and will anchor coverage during “Hardball.” Primetime is as normal with the network adding a live special at 11pmET on the situation in Middle East and North Africa which will include NBC’s Richard Engel reporting from Libya.

Broadcast network plans can be found here.

Steve Harrigan to Nic Robertson: ‘It’s unfathomable that a journalist could go on the air, without getting his facts straight’

During his evisceration of Fox News’s reporting about him, and others, being used as human shields in Libya, CNN’s Nic Robertson singled out Fox News’s correspondent in Tripoli, Steve Harrigan. Now Harrigan is responding and accusing Robertson of telling an untruth. Harrigan did not go on the trip to the ruins of Muammar Gaddafi‘s compound, considering it propaganda by the Libyan government. Instead, he sent his security guard who was armed with a camera.

CNN’s Robertson told Wolf Blitzer last night, “The member of the FOX team was surprised that the correspondent and the cameraman weren’t coming out, that he was being sent. This isn’t his normal job.”

“It’s unfathomable that a journalist could go on the air, without getting his facts straight and attack another journalist while in a war zone,” said Harrigan of Robertson. “Our security guard made it very clear to me that he never even spoke to Robertson about why Fox reporters were not going on the trip.”

Harrigan and Robertson, who were live on their respective networks at the same time today: 4:13pmET, are staying at the same Tripoli hotel. Should make for an interesting breakfast in the morning.

> Update: CNN’s response: “Fox news has reported and is continuing to report without an accurate and respectful grasp of the conditions for all the reporters on the ground – we have no further comment on this.”

> Related: Harrigan also spoke with HuffPost about Robertson: “…for someone to say I’m lazy who doesn’t know me, who’s not in our working condition, who doesn’t know our schedule…this guy has a screw loose!”"

Jennifer Griffin: ‘I feel like CNN has put a landmine out there so I can stop reporting.’

TVNewser talked with Fox News Pentagon correspondent Jennifer Griffin this afternoon about the battle that has broken out between CNN and Fox News over Griffin’s reporting of a Libyan government-sponsored trip to the ruins of Muammar Gaddafi‘s compound Sunday night. Griffin reported the 40 or so journalists, including a Fox News security guard, who went on the trip were being used as human shields, preventing a second British airstrike. CNN correspondent Nic Robertson called that “outrageous.”

“I expect lies from the government, I don’t expect it from other journalists,” said Robertson last night. Robertson also singled out FOX’s correspondent in Tripoli, Steve Harrigan.

“I just think this has gotten ugly,” Griffin tells us. “I think it’s beneath Nic to be saying these things about Steve Harrigan. If he has something to say he can say it about me. But to question his reporting and why he stayed at the hotel… it’s just nonsense.

Frankly, CNN should be focusing on getting more scoops and not attacking Fox News. They should get back to reporting and stop this petulant behavior.”

TVNewser: What do you think about these government-escorted trips. Do you think they’re propaganda and not news?

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Jennifer Griffin sticking by report on journalists being used as human shields in Libya

Fox News’s Jennifer Griffin was back on the air tonight repeating information she’d learned earlier today — information that has CNN correspondent Nic Robertson so incensed he’s been on CNN tonight talking as much about the war on the ground, as he is this battle with Fox News.

Griffin phoned into “On the Record” following a live report by correspondent Steve Harriganhimself criticized by Robertson: “I see him more times at breakfast that I see him out on trips with government officials here,” said Robertson of Harrigan.

Griffin did not get into the media-on-media fracas touched off by her report earlier today in which British sources told her their mission last night was cut short because of the presence of the Western journalists and several Libyan civilians.

“They felt that the civilians and journalists had effectively been used as human shields and that was frustrating to them,” said Griffin tonight. “It was a very close call. In fact one official told me that there was a Reuters crew literally on a spot where they were going to drop a missile.”

But Griffin returned at 10:36 to clarify her reporting…

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CNN’s Nic Robertson: ‘Human Shield’ Claims ‘Are outrageous and it’s absolutely hypocritical’

CNN’s Nic Robertson appeared on “The Situation Room” this afternoon, where he threw cold water on the claims made earlier in the day that CNN and other journalists were used as “human shields” by the Ghadafi regime.

“Wolf, this allegation is outrageous and it’s absolutely hypocritical,” Robertson told anchor Wolf Blitzer. “When you come to somewhere like Libya, you expect lies and deceit from a dictatorship here. You don’t expect it from the other journalists.”

Robertson said that FNC was being hypocritical, because it called the outing a “propaganda trip,” and yet the network had a staffer on the bus as well.

Robertson went on to explain what actually happened:

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