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Cable News Networks’ Memorial Day Specials

memorialday304The cable news networks will air a slew of specials this Memorial Day Weekend.

Megyn Kelly‘s “Kelly File” investigation into the VA Scandal airs at 9pmET tomorrow night. Kelly speaks with veterans and military experts about VA problems dating back to 2008.

Then at 10pmET, Greta Van Susteren hosts “Fox News Reporting: D-Day +70 Secrets Revealed.” Van Susteren reveals secrets behind the Normandy invasion and sheds light on Britain’s attempt to trick Adolph Hitler.

Tonight at 10pmET, Geraldo Rivera hosts “O.J. Simpson At 20.”. He’ll have an exclusive interview with Kato Kaelin, who lived in Simpson’s guest house at the time of Nicole Brown Simpson‘s murder and testified at Simpson’s murder trial. Rivera will also look back at top moments from the so-called trial of the century.

MSNBC will also have special coverage of the VA scandal. Former congressman and Iraq War veteran Patrick Murphy will host “Taking the Hill” at 1pmET Sunday; he’ll interview former Senator and Vietnam War veteran Max Cleland on the latest developments in the VA controversy. In the same hour, MSNBC will air the seventh installment of “Wounded: The Battle Back Home.”

Fox Business will air a “War Stories with Oliver North” marathon on Memorial Day, airing 16 episodes from 9amET-1amET. Episodes include stories from Normandy, Korea and Afghanistan.

And Al Jazeera America will run back-to-back episodes of “Borderland” Monday from 11am- 4pmET. The four-episode series is an immersive documentary in which six average Americans retrace the footsteps of migrants who died crossing the U.S.-Mexico border

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The Afternoon Ticker: Zaki, Murphy, Harvey

  • Zunaira Zaki has been named Senior Business Editor and Producer of Specialized Units at ABC News. Zaki has worked at the network for 10 years, most recently as business editor and producer.

  • MSNBC contributor Patrick Murphy will host a live one-hour special on veterans issues at 1pmET Sunday. Murphy, a former congressman and Iraq War veteran, will ” examine issues affecting the veteran community as they navigate their postwar lives.”

  • Steve Harvey has landed a one-on-one interview with President Obama that will air on December 20. “Sitting down with the President is something I’ve always dreamt of doing, and I am honored to have the opportunity,” Harvey said in a statement.

The Ticker: Veterans, Criminals, Hotties

  • Patrick Murphy an Iraq War veteran and MSNBC contributor will host a one-hour discussion about veterans issues live from the September 11 Memorial on Sunday. The special, at NoonET, is in conjunction with the first of 12 documentaries produced by Wounded Warrior Project that will air on MSNBC in the coming months.

  • Univision and Fusion have produced an original English-language special based on Univision’s investigation of “El Chapo: CEO Of Crime.” The special on the life of the world’s most powerful drug trafficker also takes viewers behind the scenes to meet the investigative reporters who faced the danger of telling the story of El Chapo.

  • TV Guide Magazine is out with its 2013 Hot List. The issue celebrates the year’s hottest television shows, stars and trends. Determined to be on a HOT STREAK, is ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

The Iraq War: 10 Years Later

10 years ago, “Shock and Awe” kicked off the Iraq War. It was a made-for-TV war, with explosions rocking the skies above Baghdad, and correspondents reporting live on cable news from their hotel balconies.

TV news not only covered the war, but promoted it as well, regularly featuring guests who beat the war drum, and ignoring those that had opposing views. Sometimes, as The Huffington Post’s Jack Mirkinson notes, it was a vicious circle:

Perhaps the most notorious example of the Washington-media nexus over Iraq came when Dick Cheney appeared on “Meet the Press” in September of 2002. He cited the lead story in that morning’s Times as he talked to Tim Russert (“I want to attribute it to the Times,” he memorably said). The story, by Miller and her colleague Michael Gordon, said that Hussein was busy using aluminum tubes to help build nuclear weapons. The Bush administration had leaked that story to Miller. The circle was complete.

The war has not been forgotten. With the President making his first mideast trip of his second term, cable news is finding time to look back at Iraq. Throughout the week a number of segments about the war are on tap at the “big three” cable news channels, nestled in between the other day’s coverage.

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