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President Obama’s Year-End News Conference Features ‘Naughty or Nice’ List

ObamaPresident Obama’s year-end news conference comes on the heels of an action-packed news week, including a breakthrough with Cuba and elevated tension with North Korea.

As usual, all of the cable news networks have been fixated on the news conference. MSNBC is airing a special report with Chris Matthews.

NBC News will provide a Special Report with Chuck Todd and Senior White House Correspondent Chris Jansing providing insight from D.C. Over on CBS,  Anthony Mason is anchoring from New York with Major Garrett at the White House and Bob Schieffer in Washington.

On ABC, George Stephanopoulos leads a special report from New York and Jonathan Karl report from the White House with Pierre Thomas from Washington. We will provide information on the coverage by other networks as we receive it.

After an opening statement, President Obama revealed that his “naughty or nice” list will determine who gets to ask questions.

The first question went to Carrie Budoff Brown of Politico, who asked about cyber attacks.

President Obama made it clear he isn’t happy with Sony pulling “The Interview” and said the United States “will respond” to North Korea. He also joked about Seth Rogen and James “Flacco.” Obama went on to ask Budoff Brown about her upcoming move to Europe.

The second question goes to Cheryl Bolen of Bloomberg. Up third, Julie Pace from the AP asked about Cuba and whether or not North Korea was acting with another country. The fourth question goes to Lesley Clark of McClatchy Newspapers. ”World news Tonight” anchor David Muir just received a shout out from the president.

The fifth question goes to Roberta Rampton of Reuters. Colleen McCain Nelson was up next, asking about executive actions. Juliet Eilperin gets the next question, asking about the Keystone pipeline. April Ryan of Urban Radio Networks gets the last question, asking about the “state of black America.”

It appears only women will be allowed to ask questions, forcing us to assume that all the male reporters in D.C. were “naughty” in Obama’s eyes.

Time political reporter Zeke Miller sent the following Tweet regarding the all-women presser.

 

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Matthew Olsen Joins ABC News

MatthewOlsenMatthew Olsen, a former federal prosecutor and NSA official, is joining ABC News as a contributor based in Washington, DC.

Most recently, Olsen was Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, reporting directly to President Obama and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. “Matt’s expertise and deep knowledge will be an invaluable asset to our already exceptional team,” writes ABC News president James Goldston in a note to staff. Olsen will work with Martha Raddatz, Brian Ross and Pierre Thomas, along with other ABC News counter-terrorism analysts.

“I look forward to even more great journalism and insider reporting from this powerhouse team,” Goldston writes.

Networks Cover Secret Service Director’s Resignation

GeorgeBroadcast networks provided special coverage this afternoon after Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned in the aftermath of an armed intruder hopping a fence and running into the White House on September 19. More revelations surfaced this week that another armed man—with a criminal record for assault and battery—was able to get into an elevator with President Obama on September 16.

ABC News cut in at 3:20pmET with George Stephanopoulos anchoring, senior justice correspondent Pierre Thomas reporting from Washington, DC, and chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House.  CBS News cut in at 3:28pmET with Scott Pelley anchoring and chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reporting from the White House. NBC News didn’t provide special coverage.

All three cable news networks went wall-to-wall with the news along with airing the afternoon press briefing with Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who answered questions on Pierson’s resignation. Joseph Clancy has been named the acting director of the Secret Service.

ABC Newsers Toast Ben Sherwood

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As Ben Sherwood heads West, his East Coast colleagues sent him off in style last night at the Nomad Hotel in New York’s Flatiron District. Sherwood, named co-president of Disney/ABC TV in March, is moving his family to Los Angeles.

Insiders tell us heartfelt toasts were given by Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, David Muir and Lara Spencer. Sherwood got a big laugh when he promised Stephanopoulos a reality show, detective comedy or both.

And there were gifts: Sherwood was given a framed golden headset to remind him of his days in the control room — with the label “break in case of emergency,” while the whole family got ABC News Extreme Weather Team jackets — with “Sherwood” embroidered on the back.

Sherwood’s had three stints with ABC News, starting in 1989 as a producer at “Primetime Live.” After a run at “NBC Nightly News,” Sherwood returned to ABC in 2004 for a two-year stint as EP of “Good Morning America.” Sherwood turned to writing, penning three best-sellers, one of which was turned into a major motion picture. In 2010, he returned to ABC as News president.

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Mass Shooting at Ft. Hood, TX; Ivan Lopez Identified as Shooter

A mass shooting at Ft. Hood, Texas this afternoon has the news networks in continuing coverage tonight. The shots rang out at 4:50pmCT. The gunman has been identified as 34-year-old Ivan Lopez, an enlisted soldier, who killed himself. At least four people are dead, including Lopez, and 14 others wounded.

On Fox News, Bret Baier first reported the news at 6:08pmET, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer broke in at 6:13 and MSNBC’s Al Sharpton reported the news at 6:15. The story was the lead of the first feeds of the three evening network newscasts, with updates throughout and for later feeds. Brian Williams also updated NBC primetime viewers in the Eastern and Central time zones at 9:07pmET. As the incident took place on a military base, DC-based Justice and Pentagon correspondents led the reporting: Pierre Thomas for ABC, Bob Orr for CBS, Jim Miklaszewski for NBC, Barbara Starr for CNN and Jennifer Griffin for Fox News.

Fox News pre-empted “The O”Reilly Factor” and had Shepard Smith at the Fox News Deck at 8pmET. Megyn Kelly picked up at 9. John Berman was in for Anderson Cooper at 8pm and Blitzer was back at 9pm. Alex Wagner was in for Chris Hayes at 8 and Rachel Maddow picked up at 9 on MSNBC.

“We’re heartbroken something like this might have happened again,” Pres. Obama said in a statement from Chicago, adding investigators will ”get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”

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At a 10:45pm news conference, Ft. Hood Commanding General Mark Milley said the assailant had served four months in Iraq in 2011 and was “undergoing behavioral health and psychiatric treatment” for depression and anxiety, but had not been diagnosed with PTSD. Armed with a .45 caliber Smith & Wesson, which was not registered on the base, the gunman killed three military personal. Sixteen others were wounded. The gunman was stopped by a female officer who drew her weapon, at which point Lopez turned the gun on himself.

‘I Have a Dream’ 50th Anniversary Commemoration Coverage Plans

As the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream speech” gets underway tomorrow morning, much of the ceremony will be covered live on cable news channels and streamed on news sites, while select portions will also be carried live on the broadcast networks. Here are the plans, so far:

CBS

Scott Pelley will lead CBS News’ live coverage. The Network’s coverage begins on “CBS This Morning” with extensive reports on the anniversary, including a live report from Pelley in Washington, D.C. Pelley will anchor CBS News’ live coverage of Pres. Obama’s remarks on Wednesday afternoon. He’ll be joined by CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, CBS News Correspondent Jeff Pegues from the National Mall, and presidential historian and CBS News Consultant Douglas Brinkley from Washington, D.C. Pelley will also anchor the Evening News” from Washington, D.C.

ABC

ABC News and Yahoo! News will host a first-ever live global broadcast to commemorate the speech. This hybrid digital-television event will be anchored by George Stephanopoulos along with Dan Kloeffler from ABC News World Headquarters in New York beginning at 11a.m. Cokie Roberts and Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree will provide insights and historical context from ABC News Headquarters in New York. Chief National Correspondent and Anchor Byron Pitts will lead the network’s coverage from the Lincoln Memorial. Linsey Davis will join him there. Senior Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas will report from Washington. Senior National Correspondent Jim Avila will report from the White House. ABC is incorporating the hash tag #IMarchFor

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Expanded Evening Newscasts After Deadly Explosions Rock Boston Marathon

All three evening newscasts were expanded Monday after a pair of explosions killed at least two people at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

The newscasts began shortly after President Obama addressed the nation from the White House press briefing room at 6:10pmET. NBC’s Brian Williams, ABC’s Diane Sawyer and CBS’ Scott Pelley had been anchoring coverage on their respective networks since the news broke shortly after 3pmET. ABC News and NBC News took brief breaks from their respective special reports just before the official start of the evening newscasts at 6:30pmET.

CBS News had Terrell Brown reporting from the scene and Don Dahler reporting from Massachusetts General Hospital. At the beginning of “Evening News,” correspondent John Miller took a few minutes to “clarify all these reports we’re seeing about a suspect in the media.” Saying he wanted to “proceed very carefully from here on out,” Miller reported that the person who was detained is a Saudi national who was seen running from the scene. “That may mean a lot, that may mean nothing at all,” Miller cautioned, noting that many people were running away from the blasts.

On NBC News, Williams was joined by Katy Tur in Boston, Chuck Todd from Washington D.C. and Pete Williams on the Boston police investigation. Williams interviewed an eyewitness, Serdar Ozturk, who saw the explosion from the finish line. “People’s faces instantly changed from smile to tears, and fear,” he told Williams. “People started running for their lives.”

ABC News had reports from senior national correspondent Jim Avila, senior Justice correspondent Pierre Thomas and Linsey Davis from the scene. Sawyer also checked in with Alex Perez in Chicago and Cecelia Vega in Los Angeles about security precautions in place in those two cities. “World News” ended with a montage of still photos from the scene. “We thank you so much for watching tonight,” Sawyer said. “Boston, as you know, is one of America’s great cities, filled with resilience and spirit. So on this day, when something terrible happened, we wanted to remind you of all those who rushed to help.”

All three networks have more extended coverage planned. Williams will anchor a special report at 10pmET on NBC, Terry Moran will anchor “Nightline” live at 12:35amET on ABC, and Pelley remained on the air with “Evening News” through 8pmET.

Dorner Cornered, California Manhunt Pushes Up Against State of the Union Coverage

In the hour leading up to the State of the Union, the cable news networks would ordinarily be in continuing coverage of the President’s annual address. Instead, they have been in breaking news mode as choppers hover over a remote cabin in a California forest. Inside that cabin, is believed to be murder suspect and former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner.

On CNN, new anchor Chris Cuomo and old hand Anderson Cooper teamed up for coverage for part of the early evening. At one point, correspondent Miguel Marquez on the scene in San Bernardino County, took off his lapel microphone and clipped it on a Sheriff’s Dept. spokesperson who updated the media on the situation. She didn’t have much to offer, and appeared not to appreciate Marquez’s pressing questions. Wolf Blitzer took over at 8:50pm with State of the Union coverage.

On MSNBC, Chris Matthews put politics aside and anchored coverage of the shootout and fire leading up to the State of the Union. During a lull in the news, Matthews commented on, “this strange connection of the mind that becomes criminal and the love of media attention. And the way this person, apparently, was seeking out media attention. Mentioning names of people in the media, myself even.”

On FNC, the network’s breaking news aficionado, Shepard Smith is halfway around the world in Rome covering the breaking news of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, leaving much of the anchoring late today to Trace Gallagher in the Los Angeles bureau. During the 8pm hour, as the misinformation swirled like smoke from that cabin, Bill O’Reilly was the voice of reason for weary anchors, reporters and viewers: “It doesn’t matter [about conflicting information]. It will clarify itself. In a breaking news story like this that happens all the time.”

More: As CNN takes the State of the Union coverage, Anderson Cooper continued with the breaking news on HLN along with Nancy Grace.

More: Brian Williams on NBC and Diane Sawyer on ABC briefed viewers about the situation in Southern California before getting to the State of the Union coverage

More: As the president spoke, law enforcement in Big Bear removed a body from the burned out cabin. It is believed to be Dorner. After the president concluded his address, the networks returned to the situation in California. Diane Sawyer brought in ABC’s Pierre Thomas who reported the news. CNN reported the same. Marquez had confirmed it earlier, at 9:59pmET, on HLN.

Update, 11:35pmET: So it appears the sources relied upon by CNN, ABC, NBC and others who reported a body being taken out of the cabin, were not accurate. During a news conference from the scene the San Bernardino Country Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said no body had been found, identified or recovered from the cabin.

Cable Networks Turn Attention to Christopher Dorner Shootout in Los Angeles

About midway through the 4pmET hour, all three cable news networks pivoted to Los Angeles, where murder suspect Christopher Dorner engaged in a gunfight with police.

During “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” Fox News had Trace Gallagher reporting on the phone from Los Angeles. Gallagher is currently anchoring from FNC’s L.A. bureau, preempting “The Five.”

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Chris Cuomo are anchoring CNN’s coverage, with reporters Casey Wian and Chris Welch. CNN is using aerial footage from its affiliates on a delay.

Chris Matthews is anchoring for MSNBC, with John Yang contributing from Los Angeles.

ABC News and NBC News also aired special reports around 5pmET. Bill Weir anchored on ABC, with Pierre Thomas and Cecilia Vega contributing; Brian Williams anchored on NBC, with Yang contributing from LA.

On the local front, Carter Evans, the husband of former Fox News Channel reporter Courtney Friel, was covering the shootout for KCBS in Los Angeles. TVSpy has the video.

Steve Osunsami, Mara Schiavocampo Take Home Two NABJ Awards

NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo (left) and ABC’s Steve Osunsami each took home two awards Saturday night at the NABJ’s annual Salute to Excellence ceremony, the culmination of the NABJ’s convention in New Orleans.

Schiavocampo won the International category with her story “Haiti Rubble Survivor” and in the Short Form Feature category for “Hudson River Survivor.”

Osunsami won for Spot News for “Alabama Tornadoes” and Specialty report for “Hunger at Home” along with several of his ABC News colleagues. Other double winners included “CBS Evening News,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” and “60 Minutes.”

ABC’s Pierre Thomas picked up his Journalist of the Year award, after which he Tweeted, “No one deserves the night I just had. Thank you to NABJ and my colleagues at ABC News.”

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