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Cable News Covers Wayward Plane with ‘Unconscious and Slumped Over’ Pilot

ScottCable news networks have been covering the story of an unresponsive single-engine turboprop plane that eventually crashed near Jamaica.

Two F-15 fighter jets scrambled over the Atlantic Ocean trailing the plane, which U.S. officials said was being flown by a pilot “unconscious and slumped over” in the cockpit. The plane departed Rochester, NY this morning heading to Naples, FL. It was last heard from at 1oamET, flying off course and into Cuban airspace, ultimately crashing in the ocean just north of Jamaica.

Fox News’ Jon Scott, a licensed pilot, first reported the news at the top of “Happening Now” at 1pmET. Scott went to former pilot and Fox News correspondent Leland Vittert for a report on the plane, later talking to another former pilot, correspondent Trace Gallagher. Wolf Blitzer first reported the news at 1:14pmET, speaking with Aviation Correspondent Rene Marsh. Ronan Farrow reported the news at 1:20pmET. Scott also first reported the plane’s crash at 2:37pmET. Joy Reid reported the news at 2:46pmET; Brooke Baldwin reported the crash at 2:51pmET. The cause of the crash is unknown at this point.

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American Journalist Steven Sotloff Reportedly Beheaded by ISIS

Steven SotloffTwo weeks after James Foley was beheaded by ISIS, American journalist Steven Sotloff has reportedly been executed by the same group.

In a new video posted online today, Sotloff, in the same orange Foley wore, addressed the camera: “I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing,” he said before being beheaded.

ABC News cut into broadcast coverage with George Stephanopoulos anchoring and Brian Ross reporting. Ross reported the executioner said, “Obama, I’m back” while Sotloff asked the president why he was paying the price for American “interference in Iraq.” NBC News cut in at 1:48pmET with Brian Williams anchoring and Andrea Mitchell reporting. CBS News didn’t provide special coverage.

Wolf Blitzer first reported the news on CNN at 1:24pmET, going to foreign correspondent Karl Penhaul while showing stills of Sotloff next to a man who seems to be the same British ISIS member who executed Foley. “Obama back off and just leave us alone,” Penhaul reports the executioner said in the video. ABC News’ Foreign Editor Jon Williams tweets the executioner threatened British citizen David Haines‘ life at the end of the video. MSNBC’s Krystal Ball, filling in for Ronan Farrow, reported the news at 1:28pmET; Fox News’ Jon Scott reported at 1:33pmET. None of the networks aired the video.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest sent his condolences to the Sotloff family during an afternoon briefing while also stipulating the U.S. government has not yet verified the video’s authenticity. Last week, Sotloff’s mother, Shirley, sent a video message to ISIS pleading for her son’s life. Foley was a freelance journalist for TIME magazine and Foreign Policy.

How Cable News Covered Michael Brown’s Funeral, Al Sharpton’s Eulogy

Sharpton BrownThis afternoon, cable news covered the funeral of 18-year-old Michael Brown as one of MSNBC’s hosts continued being part of the story.

MSNBC was the only channel to air Al Sharpton‘s eulogy, dipping into it at 12:44pmET. “Order says that children bury their parents…we should not sit here today and act like we’re watching something that is in order,” Sharpton said to rousing chants from the crowd gathered at a St. Louis church.

MSNBC took Sharpton’s eulogy for 11 minutes before Chris Matthews, filling in for Andrea Mitchell, wrapped the noon eastern hour. Ronan Farrow opened his show speaking with Craig Melvin about his interview with Brown’s parents, but showing a full screen of Sharpton’s speech while Melvin reported.

During Sharpton’s eulogy, Fox News continued with its “Outnumbered” panel, who discussed topics ranging from James Foley‘s beheading to what time school should start for teens. At 1pmET, “Happening Now” opened airing images of Sharpton speaking live, then turning to Garrett Tenney outside the church. CNN aired Don Lemon interviewing CNN political commentator LZ Granderson and CNN contributor Donna Brazile. Ashleigh Banfield closed “Legal View” airing parts of Lemon’s interview with the mothers of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and Sean Bell.

During Sharpton’s eulogy, Fox News’ Howard Kurtz tweeted about his statements. And this morning, Don Lemon tweeted–about not tweeting. Read more

Behind the TV Scenes: Kathy O’Hearn

This summer, we’re putting a spotlight on the industry’s top producers; getting the inside story about their shows, how they got to where they are, and advice they have for future TV journalists.

KOHThis WeekCRHeading toward her fourth decade in TV news, Kathy O’Hearn embraced a new challenge this year when she joined MSNBC as executive producer to 26-year-old Ronan Farrow‘s new show. “We just hit it off immediately,” O’Hearn tells TVNewser. “It was one one of those great moments that you get only a couple times in your career when you really connect with the way someone thinks and how they think.” O’Hearn’s career has included many big moments and stories at CBS News, ABC News, CNN, CNBC, The Daily Beast, and now, MSNBC.

TVNewser: You started in TV news in the mid 70′s. What’s the biggest thing about the industry that’s changed and how have you adapted?

O’Hearn: The thing that I think is the most pronounced change is how all the cable networks have become bigger players. I started back when CNN had to fight to even get in the White House coverage pool [when I was at CBS]. And to watch how the cable networks are really powerful in terms of who they influence, who watches them, and the amount of news that they bring to the American public is a fascinating arc to experience.

TVNewser: You temporarily left the TV news business in 2010 to go digital as head of video at The Daily Beast. As a TV news lifer, how did you adapt to digital?

O’Hearn: It was fascinating. I was lucky enough to work with a very impressive, savvy group of writers and minds in any kind of newsroom and Tina Brown. To take the skill-set I learned in the television world into the digital side was exciting. I learned a lot; I had done a fair amount of digital production for ABC (“The Greenroom,” “Topline”), so it was exciting to try and figure out how to translate that across a series of programs and products and how to craft it so that it’s successful and reflects the brand. It was like going to school in online video.

TVNewser: Was there a learning curve?

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Here’s What Happens When Networks Outsource Foreign News Coverage

Vocativ MSNBCEarlier this year, our sister site Lost Remote reported on MSNBC’s partnership with digital news startup Vocativ. The partnership debuted on “Ronan Farrow Daily,” which has been airing “deep web” stories shot and produced by the New York-based start-up Vocativ, which includes TV news veterans in its ranks.

Last week, while most cable news coverage was dominated by conflicts in Gaza and Ukraine, Farrow aired a Vocativ report on Libya.

Midway through the segment last Monday, Farrow played a 3-minute Vocativ report on Libya’s rival militia groups. “Thank you to Vocativ for taking a lot of risks to get us that report,” Farrow said coming out of the report. The risks in Libya became dangerously apparent a few days later when, on Saturday, the U.S. evacuated its embassy, rushing embassy employees to Tunisia as fighting between militias intensified around Tripoli.

In late June, Farrow aired another Vocativ report on Libya’s arms market. Just today, the show aired a Vocativ report on Spain’s recreational drug use.

This type of news outsourcing seems to be gaining steam. With so many foreign stories to cover–and only so many correspondents and producers on the ground — networks are leaning on digital start-ups. The trend is also spreading to social media. Earlier this year, CNN partnered with Twitter and Dataminr to gain a leg up on finding and reporting breaking news.

Watch both Vocativ-produced segments after the jump.
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Rula Jebreal on MSNBC Cancellations and ‘Tragic’ Middle East Coverage

Rula Jebreal 304After causing a cable news firestorm earlier this week, former MSNBC contributor Rula Jebreal spoke to TVNewser this morning about her MSNBC appearance cancellations, contract status, and coverage criticisms.

It was your typical cable news booking scenario for Jebreal on Monday. Sitting in the makeup chair before her appearance on “Ronan Farrow Daily,” she says she was approached by producers from another MSNBC daytime show and booked for the following day. But things changed following that fiery exchange with Farrow, during which she criticized MSNBC for uneven coverage of the Israel-Gaza crisis,  specifically calling out Andrea Mitchell.

Less than an hour after the Farrow appearance, she received an email from a producer cancelling her next-day booking. She would only say it was an MSNBC show with a female host. “I told the anchor I would not mention her name because I like her personally,” Jebreal told TVNewser. “She was not the person emailing me; her producers emailed me. And we talked in the evening when she found out what happened on social media, and she was very upset about it… actually she’s one of the people I admire and respect deeply.”

Jebreal responded to the email, asking if the cancellation decision was due to her on-air criticism, but didn’t receive a response. Yesterday, MSNBC issued a statement on Jebreal’s cancellations, claiming her Tuesday daytime appearances were cancelled to re-air parts of Chris Hayes‘ Monday night exclusive interview with a 15-year-old Palestinian American beaten by Israeli forces.  We reached out to MSNBC for this story, but did not hear back.

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MSNBC Responds to Rula Jebreal’s Claims of Cancellations, Uncertain Contract Status

Hayes RulaAfter criticizing MSNBC’s Gaza coverage on-air Monday, Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal says she’s unsure of her future with the network.

“I have no idea…I still don’t know” she said on “Democracy Now” today when asked if she’s lost her job as an MSNBC contributor (watch after the jump).

“My contract is up, and we’re negotiating still,” she continued, also claiming that following her heated interview with Ronan Farrow Monday, where she criticized Andrea Mitchell‘s coverage in particular, producers cancelled her upcoming appearances.

This afternoon, MSNBC issued a statement on Jebreal’s contract status and cancellation claims.

Regarding the claim of cancelled appearances: Jebreal’s pre-booked daytime appearance on Tuesday was bumped to accommodate the re-airing of Chris Hayes’ exclusive interview with Tariq Abu Khdeir, a 15 year old Palestinian American beaten by Israeli forces. Jebreal was a guest on “All In” with Chris Hayes on Tuesday night. While we don’t publicly discuss contract specifics, Jebreal’s contributor deal with MSNBC officially ended last month when she said she wanted to pursue new opportunities. We’ve welcomed her back on MSNBC several times since. Her voice is one of many Palestinian voices on MSNBC.

On why Jebreal was labeled an MSNBC contributor during Monday’s interview with Farrow if her contract ended last month, MSNBC tells TVNewser: “She was labeled incorrectly on Monday’s show due to a production error and we corrected that for Tuesday’s ‘All In’ appearance.”

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MSNBC Contributor Slams Media, Andrea Mitchell, for ‘Disgustingly Biased’ Coverage

Rula Jebreal 304During a segment on “Ronan Farrow Daily,” MSNBC contributor and Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal took on the media–and MSNBC–for “disgustingly biased” Middle East coverage.

“We are ridiculous. We are disgustingly biased when it comes to this issue,” Jebreal said, noting she thinks biased media coverage has helped U.S. officials stay silent when they’re opposed to some of Israel’s actions.

“Look at how much airtime Netanyahu and his folks have on air on a daily basis. Andrea Mitchell, and others–I’ve never seen one Palestinian being interviewed on these same issues,” Jebreal continued. When Farrow pushed back that MSNBC has had Palestinians on-air, Jebreal said “maybe for 30 seconds, and then you have 25 minutes for Bibi Netanyahu.”

She then brought up NBC’s decision to pull foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin last week from Gaza, suggesting that because he was “covering the Palestinian side” in a “too pro-Palestinian” way, he was pulled from Gaza, and only reinserted because of social media pushback. Farrow again pushed back that Mohyeldin is now back on-air, and that MSNBC was currently offering airtime to her.

We reached out to MSNBC for Mitchell’s response to accusations of bias, but haven’t heard back.

Broadcast, Cable Networks Cover Obama Iraq Statement

In a statement from the White House briefing room this afternoon, President Obama said the U.S. is prepared to take “targeted and precise” military action in Iraq, but reinforced his earlier decision that American troops will not be returning to combat in the region.

The broadcast and cable news networks all had live coverage of the President’s remarks. The press conference was originally scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and was pushed back more than an hour.

George Stephanopoulos anchored on ABC News, with Martha Raddatz in Baghdad and Jon Karl at the White House. On NBC, Brian Williams anchored from New York with Chuck Todd at the White House and Richard Engel in Baghdad. Sharon Alfonsi anchored on CBS with Major Garrett at the White House and Clarissa Ward in Baghdad. Bill Hemmer anchored a special report from New York for Fox affiliates.

On the cable news networks: Ronan Farrow anchored from New York on MSNBC, Jake Tapper anchored from Washington on CNN and Jon Scott and Jenna Lee anchored on Fox News.

Obama took questions from Coleen McCain Nelson of the Wall Street Journal, CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta, Juliet Eilperin of The Washington Post and Peter Maer of CBS News.

MSNBC Confuses Its Famous Housekeepers While Reporting Ann B. Davis’ Death

While remembering “The Brady Bunch” actress Ann B. Davis this morning, who died Sunday at 88, “Jansing and Co.” momentarily confused its famous housekeepers.

When first reporting on the death of Davis, who played lovable housekeeper Alice Nelson on the TV classic, MSNBC showed a photo of Henriette Mantel (pictured on the left), who played Nelson in the 1995 “The Brady Bunch Movie.”

Brady Bunch Ann Davis

“And there’s the Ann B. Davis we know and love,” Chris Jansing said upon returning from commercial break, airing the correct photo (pictured on the right). “Our apologies, because we showed a picture of the woman who played Alice in ‘The Brady Bunch Movie.”

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