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CNN Spreading Out Correspondents Across Swing States

CNN has announced a slew of assignments for network correspondents in advance of the Presidential election. The network will have anchors and reporters in every swing state, as well as some floaters that will travel to multiple states, and the correspondents embedded with the campaigns. The network is launching segments branded as “The Final Battlegrounds” starting on Monday.

“CNN is deploying its vast resources and top-notch reporters into the states that the campaigns are targeting as the election nears,” said Mark Whitaker, executive VP and managing editor of CNN Worldwide in a statement. “Our in-depth reporting and analysis will keep voters informed of the up-to-the-minute developments that will determine the outcome of this extraordinarily close presidential race.”

The correspondent assignments, after the jump.
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CNN’s Peter Hamby Explains Why He Tweeted Link To Obama Campaign Donation Site

There’s been some outrage on political blogs about the following tweet sent out by CNN political reporter Peter Hamby:

At issue: Hamby links to a donation page for President Obama’s reelection campaign, a page which also notes that the campaign is planning an event in Wisconsin. Some online pundits argued that this one tweet proved that Hamby (and the media as a whole) is in the tank for President Obama.

There is just one problem: Hamby was breaking news, namely that the Obama campaign decided that Wisconsin was now in play politically. The camaign made no announcement of its Wisconsin push, only releasing information on the donation page. The AP published a story at about the same time Hamby did, also based on the event on the campaign website.

CNN contributor Erick Erickson defended Hamby on his blog RedState, and on Twitter:

Hamby himself took to Twitter to explain:
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RNC Chairman: ‘Political Bias’ At Fault For Lack of Network Coverage Next Monday

The chairman of the Republican national Committee, Reince Priebus, says that political bias is the reason the “big three” broadcast networks won’t be covering day one of the Republican National Convention on Monday.

Priebus told CNN’s Peter Hamby:

“I am pretty disappointed with the networks for not covering us on Monday, but we are getting good at dealing with the mainstream media.”

CBS, NBC and ABC will be giving the RNC an hour of primetime Tuesday-Thursday, but nothing on Monday. Of course, PBS will be airing the RNC Monday, as will pretty much every cable news channel. Also,the DNC isn’t getting any special treatment, as it too will be getting three days of coverage from the big three broadcasters.

John Berman, CNN Anchor

John Berman made his early morning debut on CNN today, co-anchoring “Early Start” next to Zoraida Sambolin. “You know, you come back from vacation, and you have a new anchor,” said Sambolin at the start of “Early Start.” “There’s some new guy, speaking French,” added Berman, referring to his “Mon Dieu!” comment about the story of sabotage on the Tour de France. Here’s Berman talking politics with CNN’s Peter Hamby.

TVNewsers Wear Pink at DC Breast Cancer Event

Television personalities donned pink last night for the fourth annual Newsbabes Bash for Breast Cancer, a yearly event that raises awareness and funds for breast cancer causes hosted by a group of Washington, DC-based female journalists.

The group includes breast cancer survivor Jennifer Griffin of Fox News, Megan Hughes of Bloomberg TV and Brianna Keilar of CNN, as well as several local news personalities. MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who had breast cancer last year, was honored at last night’s event, held at the Howard Theatre.

This year’s event also featured the “Newsmen in Pink”: Peter Alexander and Luke Russert of NBC, Peter Hamby and Don Lothian of CNN, and Jim Angle, Bret Baier, Ed Henry, Peter Doocy and Juan Williams of Fox News.

Fundraising efforts this year went to George Washington University’s mammovan, a mobile unit that travels around Washington, DC to provide one-stop mammograms.

(Photo credit: WUSA)

Austin Restaurant Becomes ‘CNN Grill’ for SXSW

CNN has been covering SXSW this weekend from the “CNN Grill,” which has taken over Max’s Wine Dive in downtown Austin for the second year running.

Both the Saturday and Sunday broadcasts of “Your Money” with Ali Velshi have been live from the CNN Grill. Soledad O’Brien also hosted Friday’s “StartingPoint” from Austin.

In addition to two musical acts each night, CNN has hosted several panel discussions at the restaurant, including one with Texas governor and former GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry, who stopped in to talk with Peter Hamby. When Hamby asked him what he would do differently as a 2016 candidate, Perry said, “work on some debate skills, and always remember the third thing.”

For more on SXSW, check out Kiran Aditham‘s coverage from Austin on AgencySpy.

(Photo credit: Edward M. Pio Roda/CNN)

Fake CNN Breaking News Alert Makes Stunning Claim

It’s getting dirty in South Carolina.

Someone sent out a fake CNN Breaking News alert early Thursday morning claiming that Newt Gingrich pressured his ex-wife to have an abortion.

CNN says did not send out the email alert which was sent from fake account made to look like a CNN email address: “BreakingNews@mail.cnn.com.” CNN Political reporter Peter Hamby reports:

It’s not clear how many people received the fake email, though at least two members of the South Carolina GOP Executive Committee, who did not want to be named, were among those who found the missive in their inboxes this morning

The fake email read:

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Hours Before CNN Debate, Rick Perry Drops out of GOP Race

The TV networks are reporting Rick Perry will hold an 11amET news conference at which he will announce he’s dropping out of the race for the GOP nomination for president. The week started with six candidates and by tonight’s CNN debate in South Carolina there will be just four on the stage: Gingrich, Paul, Romney and Santorum.

CNN’s Peter Hamby was first with the news, with the network reporting it at 9:11, Chuck Todd on MSNBC reported “the chatter” about Perry at 9:18 (getting confirmation at 9:33), Fox Business also reported the news at 9:18, citing CNN, and Fox News reported the story at 9:24am getting confirmation at 9:40.

The Perry news came just hours after reports that Rick Santorum did, in fact, get more votes — 34 more — in the Iowa Caucus than Mitt Romney. With Perry dropping out, his likely endorsement of Newt Gingrich and the interview with Marianne Gingrich — second wife of Newt — scheduled to air later today on ABC, Santorum’s win in Iowa will likely be overshadowed most of the day.

McCain Campaign About-Face On Editorial Presence for Palin’s U.N. Visit

palin_9-23.jpgDeveloping: TVNewser has learned all the networks were prepared to ban the use of pictures and video from Gov. Sarah Palin‘s meetings at the UN today. The ban was in protest of the McCain campaign’s restriction on editorial presence.

We hear the networks had arranged for a pool camera to cover all the meetings, and at least three journalists were to be present as well (one print, one radio, one TV). Earlier today, the McCain campaign said it would allow just one editorial person inside. Later, the campaign limited it to a camera only.

Within the last few minutes, the campaign reversed course and will allow a CNN producer in to the meetings.

Gov. Palin is to meet today with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

> Update: Kate Snow reports on ABCNews.com about the back-and-forth, and how a CNN producer was eventually allowed access (CNN was pre-designated for pool duty).

> Update, update: Politico has the first pool report from CNN’s Peter Hamby. Total amount of access allowed? “Grand total of 29 seconds,” he writes.

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