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Fox’s Shepard Smith Calls CNN bin Laden Story ‘Embarrassing’

Fox News Channel’s heavily hyped exclusive interview with Robert O’Neill, the Navy SEAL believed to have killed Osama bin Laden, premiered last night. Part II airs tonight.

On Shepard Smith‘s show Tuesday, correspondent Peter Doocy talked about his reporting for the two-night special. Smith noted other networks scrambled to get stories featuring O’Neill on air ahead of Fox, calling out CNN in particular. “Once we announced we’re doing this, of course everybody and their mother jumped on this. CNN’s treating things over there as breaking news. It’s really kind of embarrassing for them, I thought.”

Smith also called competing news networks “hater channels” for reporting criticism of O’Neill — some from fellow SEALS — who think O’Neill has acted inappropriately in revealing his role in the covert mission.

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One Year Later: Special Coverage of the Killing of Bin Laden

One year after the killing of Osama Bin Laden, there will be special coverage this week of the anniversary.

In what NBC is calling a “first for network television,” “Rock Center with Brian Williams” takes viewers inside the White House’s Situation Room. Airing Wednesday at 9pmET/PT, the program features interviews with President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and other top administration officials.

Discovery Channel presents “Secrets of Bin Laden’s Lair,” a one-hour special that will feature what the cabler says is the “very first comprehensive television report” of classified intelligence seized during the Abbottabad compound raid.  Among many other topics, that intelligence gives insight as to Bin Laden’s opinions on American media, including the cable wars between CNN, FNC, and MSNBC. Produced by Peacock Productions, NBC News correspondent Harry Smith narrates the program, Tuesday at 10 pmET/PT.

(Photo: White House/Pete Souza)

NHL Network, NESN To Broadcast Bruins Parade

The NHL Network will telecast NESN’s live HD coverage of the Boston Bruins’ Stanley Cup victory parade Saturday at 10 a.m. ET.

NHL.com will also stream the parade, which starts at TD Garden and ends at Copley Plaza in downtown Boston. NHL Network will show an encore presentation of the parade at 1 p.m. ET.

Starting Friday, the NHL Network will carry a special entitled Path to the Cup, which will broadcast each Bruins’ game in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Read more

CNN.com ME Credits ‘Pilates’ for Site’s Success

The key to the dominance recorded in the online news sector by CNN.com? Pilates.

Pilates? Not the workout, but the online strategy CNN.com managing editor Meredith Artley discussed with Simon Owens for Nieman Journalism Lab. Artley said:

What that means, as someone who has friends who do Pilates but has never done it herself, is that it’s about strengthening your core Read more

Bin Laden Killed: A News Coverage Record

The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism has been tracking mainstream media coverage with its News Coverage Index since January 2007, and a record was set during the week of May 2-8 when the death of Osama Bin Laden accounted for 69 percent of the newshole, edging the week of Aug. 25-31, 2008, when the Democratic Party nominated Barack Obama for president and Republican nominee John McCain introduced Sarah Palin as his vice presidential candidate (slightly below 69 percent).

Bin Laden coverage dominated cable TV, accounting for 90 percent of airtime, and his death was the subject of 28 percent of stories for the week, the most since the week of Jan. 19-25, 2009, following the inauguration of Obama.

To illustrate how dominant Bin Laden coverage was, the second-ranked story for the week was the U.S. economy, which finished a whopping 64 percent behind the leader, accounting for just 5 percent of the newshole.

Breaking down the coverage, the actual mission to kill Bin Laden accounted for 36 percent, followed

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LA Times’ Joe Flint on Twitter: Stop the Madness

Hold off on awarding the Pulitzer Prize to Twitter, or to Sohaib Athar, the Pakistani man who unwittingly Tweeted details of the operation that led to the death of Osama Bin Laden, says Joe Flint in his Company Town blog.

What he was hearing, it turns out, was U.S. forces helicoptering in and out of Abbottabad. He had no idea that was what was going on, and he said as much in interviews after the raid and the discovery of his Tweets.

On his Sunday CNN show, Reliable Sources, looking at the media, host Howard Kurtz said of Athar: “I love the fact that this guy scoops the entire world.”

He did not scoop the entire world. He heard noise and posted something on Twitter about it. He didn’t know what the noise was, so how did he scoop the world? Even he acknowledged as much in an interview with NBC.

If Twitter had been around in November 1963 and a Dallas resident Tweeted, “Just heard gunshots,” would we say that person broke the story of the JFK assassination?

New website for National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association

Just in time for its annual awards weekend on May 14-16 in Salisbury, North Carolina, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association has launched a redesigned website, www.nssafame.com.

The Salisbury Post reports, “The organization’s partners at Indiana University redesigned the site to simplify members’ registering, paying for membership and voting. The Salisbury-based NSSA expressed thanks to Andrew Koop, who did most of the work on the new site; Kurtis Beavers, who oversaw the project; Tim Franklin, director of the National Sports Journalism Center at Indiana University; and Brad Hamm, the dean of IU’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism.”

During the the NSSA’s annual awards weekend, Brent Musberger, Bob Uecker and Bob Ryan will be inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame.

Update: Trump Fired As Indy Pace Car Driver

In the wake of fan displeasure over Donald Trump‘s role as pace car driver for the upcoming Indianapolis 500, race organizers have reportedly delivered the irony-rich line, “You’re fired!” to the billionaire real estate investor whose recent political rantings — particularly the allegation that President Obama was not born in the United States — rubbed a lot of race fans the wrong way.

Deadspin reports, “A source affiliated with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway tells us Donald Trump will not be the driver of the pace car for this month’s 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 after fans complained he was too politically-motivated.

We’re told a meeting is taking place right now to determine precisely how the Indy speedway folks will enforce the decision. They may replace Trump outright with another celebrity pace car driver, they may ask him to pull out (although a Trump spokesman earlier today said he had no plans to do so), or they may keep Trump involved with the race, but change the pace car to another Chevrolet vehicle and bring on another driver to drive it.”

 

Campaign To Dump Trump As Indy Pace Car Driver

If racing fan Chris Hughes has his way, professional lightning rod Donald Trump will be dropped as the pace car driver for the upcoming Indianapolis 500.

“Driving the pace car should not be used as a sound board for some terrible businessman to spew his political aspirations,” Chris Hughes told the Indianapolis Star. “Especially with this being the 100th anniversary.”

Trump was named driver of the pace car in early April, just before he began a widespread campaign to associate himself with the brilliance of birtherism. Given the embarrassment of that charade, some race car fans think the Indianapolis Motor Speedway should select someone different. A Facebook page called “We Don’t Want Donald Trump to Drive the Indy 500 Pace Car” has already 15,000 likes. And while officials at IMS say they’re aware of the Facebook campaign, don’t look for Trump to be replaced. As Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana said Tuesday through his spokesman: “whatever sells tickets.”

Bin Laden Killed: FoxNews.com On Record Pace

Fox News Channel said its website was on track for a record number of video streams Monday, and a page-view record was a possibility, as well.

Sunday was FoxNews.com’s best Sunday in 2011 in terms of page views.

On the mobile front, from 10 p.m. ET Sunday to 1 a.m. Monday, the cable news network’s mobile presence totaled 5 million page views.

And on Facebook, Fox News totaled more than 64,000 likes and comments, with more than 45,000 of them attached to its post titled, “Breaking News: Osama Bin Laden is Dead, Fox News Confirms.”

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