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Posts Tagged ‘Shannon Bream’

Philadelphia Abortion Doctor Kermit Gosnell Found Guilty

A Philadelphia jury has found former abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell guilty of three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies born alive. He was found not guilty on a fourth count.

Fox News was the first to report the verdict at 3:18pmET. Shannon Bream was outside the courthouse discussing how the judge was threatening to hold anyone in contempt for using cellphones in court as a means to deliver the verdict when her producer Kristin Brown ran to the live position with the news. Rehema Ellis, from the NBC newsroom, reported the guilty verdicts during MSNBC’s “The Cycle” at 3:19pmET. CNN’s Sunny Hostin reported the verdicts from outside the courthouse at 3:22.

Compared to this month’s other high-profile trial, the Gosnell case has seen relatively little coverage. Unlike Arizona, Pennsylvania does not allow cameras in the courtroom; additionally, the judge in the trial issued a gag order banning prosecution and defense lawyers from talking to reporters. And as Howard Kurtz said on “Reliable Sources” last month: “This is a gruesome case that journalists on both sides of the abortion question have told me is hard to stomach. That is especially true on television.”

Meanwhile, HLN, which has ramped up its trial coverage, reported the Gosnell verdict, while keeping cameras trained on another courtroom where another high-profile defendant was in front of a judge: OJ Simpson was in a Las Vegas courtroom today seeking a new trial in his 2008 robbery conviction.

Fox News Correspondent is First Female Graduation Speaker at Christian College

Fox News correspondent Shannon Bream has been selected as the commencement speaker at Liberty University. Bream will be the first woman graduation speaker in the college’s 42-year history.

“So humbled and thrilled to be speaking at @LibertyU commencement – can’t wait to see our amazing grads and their loved ones!” Bream tweeted Monday. Bream, who covers mostly Supreme Court issues for Fox News, graduated from Liberty University in 1993.

“We are proud of Shannon Bream, and it is our privilege to welcome her home and honor her achievements,” said Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. The commencement is set for May 11.

Shepard Smith Stakes Out Sandy Story

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is broadcasting live from Seaside Heights, New Jersey today, to follow up on the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy as the warm weather begins in the northeast.

Rick Leventhal, Shannon Bream and Jonathan Hunt will contribute to the programming during “Studio B” and “Fox Report.” Smith also plans on hopping on the chopper for New York’s Fox station WNYW, where he will get a birds-eye view of the destruction in Breezy Point, Staten Island and elsewhere.

Smith also talked to TV Guide‘s Stephen Battaglio about his Sandy special, and about the art of cable news:
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Greta Van Susteren Feels Bad About Her Stalker’s Death

Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren took to Gretawire this morning to write about her experience with a stalker while she was practicing law in the 1980s. The “On the Record” anchor described her stalker, Randy, as a “really, really weird” person whose “strange behavior scared everyone.”

Van Susteren recently tried to find a picture of Randy for FNC colleague Shannon Bream and got some surprising news from her Google search:

My stalker died …. and on Christmas Day.  Strangely, I felt bad.  He had followed me for so many years that I felt I knew him quite well.  Over the years and years of him stalking me, I spoke to his family about trying to get him to stop…his Mother was very sweet to me and understood why I was distressed by the situation….the US Attorney’s Office in DC arrested him one time and held him overnight (I always thought they did it because they thought it would look bad if I – a defense lawyer –  were found murdered and floating in the Potomac River when they were aware of the problem and had done zero)…I tried everything to get rid of him …I was nice to him to get rid of him…mean to him to get rid of him…ignored him etc.  Nothing worked.  He was fixated.   It was really weird — every place I would go, he would be there…with me.  He could find me.

Randy the Stalker eventually dropped Van Susteren for “a younger and prettier woman,” she writes.

Frankly, after years of him stalking me and not doing anything, I had no fear of Randy.  I was used to him.  He was really weird….and a pest…but after years of him stalking me, and just being a pest, I had no fear.

News Pro Names ’12 To Watch in TV News’

TV Week’s News Pro magazine has assembled a list of “12 to Watch in TV News.” Unsurprisingly, incoming CNN president Jeff Zucker, who says “just because you’re not partisan doesn’t mean you can’t be exciting,” tops the list.

Notably, there are only two other cable personalities on the list: MSNBC’s weekend host Chris Hayes and Fox News’ Supreme Court reporter Shannon Bream, who has taken on an expanded role in the network’s political coverage this year.

Each of the network morning shows are represented — Robin Roberts for ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Savannah Guthrie for NBC’s “Today” and Norah O’Donnell for “CBS This Morning.” Chris Licht, the executive producer of “This Morning,” is also on the list.

Rounding out the 12 people are PBS’ “Frontline” executive producer Raney Aronson-Rath, NBCUniversal news group chairman Pat Fili-Krushnel, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, TheBlazeTV host Glenn Beck and ABC News weekend anchor David Muir.

FNC and Fox’s Election Night Plans

Fox News Channel will have Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier anchoring on election night, while Shepard Smith will be anchoring on the Fox Broadcast Channel.

On FNC, Kelly and Baier will be joined by senior political analyst Brit Hume, “Fox News Sunday” moderator Chris Wallace, as well as contributors Joe Trippi, Karl Rove, Juan Williams, Stephen Hayes and Kirsten Powers. “O’Reilly Factor host Bill O’Reilly  and “On the Record” host Greta Van Susteren will be providing commentary, and Van Susteren will also interview Fox News contributor Sarah Palin during the evening.

Correspondent Martha MacCallum will report on exit poll data, with Bill Hemmer manning the “bill-board,” FNC’s touchscreen. Carl Cameron and John Roberts will report from Romney HQ in Boston, with Ed Henry and Wendell Goler reporting from Obama HQ in Chicago. There will also be a number of correspondents in the field (after the jump).

On the Fox Broadcast Channel, FNC contributor Ed Rollins, Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh, and The Hill editor A.B. Stoddard will contribute to coverage.

Online, Jonathan Hunt and Harris Faulkner and Rick Folbaum will anchor video coverage on FoxNews.com, while Rick Sanchez will anchor on FoxNewsLatino.com in Spanish.

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Fox News’ Shannon Bream on Pageants, Politics and Career Path Changes

You may know that Fox News Channel’s Shannon Bream was a corporate lawyer before she got her start in the television industry. But you may not know that she competed in pageants while she was in college and in law school, something she tells Glamour prepared her for her job as FNC’s Supreme Court reporter:

Live television is just like competing on live TV. You’re never going to be perfect. You just try to prepare the best that you can and execute the best that you can and try to be in the moment. Sometimes people think there is only one track to get to whatever your particular dream job is. But I do think there are benefits to every experience you have professionally and personally, and we don’t always control the turns and twists that our life takes, so I think if you focus on the positive that you take from that it will always benefit you in the next step and there will always be another step.

Shannon Bream on FNC’s Convention Coverage

Shannon Bream, Fox News’ supreme court reporter and political anchor, is the subject of a Q&A piece in the August issue of InSiteGainesville. She tells the magazine about what it’s like to be a female reporter in the political arena, and shares her thoughts on the upcoming conventions:

There are going to be a lot of very long days, but there’s also so much excitement. It’s been an especially long campaign season for the Republicans, and now all the supporters can come together and unify behind one particular candidate. The speeches are always fiery and inspirational.

It’s a massive undertaking for everyone involved; there are months of planning that go into it, and it’s a massive effort to coordinate all the logistics of getting everyone there, plan the shows that will be airing live on-site and communicate with all the reporters running around. The whole country will be watching as we head into the general election.

In Acknowledging its own Inaccurate Report, Fox News Points Fingers Elsewhere

Alex has written about how CNN got it wrong this morning in reporting the Supreme Court health care ruling. Now Fox News has issued a statement of its error, or more accurately, its inaccurate report.

As we reported in our first post on this mess, FNC’s Bill Hemmer reported at 10:07, “The individual mandate has been ruled unconstitutional.”

Shannon Bream then reported that news further from the steps of the Supreme Court.

At 10:09, Megyn Kelly jumped in: “Wait we are getting conflicting information, we are getting conflicting information. If you follow SCOTUSBlog.com which covers the high court they say that despite what Shannon just read that the individual mandate is surviving as a tax. This is not confirmed by us yet this is according to SCOTUSBlog which also has the opinion…”

Instead of admitting the network’s error, Michael Clemente, EVP of News for Fox News, took a shot at other networks:

“We gave our viewers the news as it happened. When Justice Roberts said, and we read, that the mandate was not valid under the Commerce clause, we reported it. Bill Hemmer even added, be patient as we work through this. Then when we heard and read, that the mandate could be upheld under the government’s power to tax, we reported that as well — all within two minutes.

By contrast, one other cable network was unable to get their Supreme Court reporter to the camera, and said as much. Another said it was a big setback for the President. Fox reported the facts, as they came in.”

Unlike CNN, which misreported the news on air, online and through social media for about six minutes before a clarification, FNC’s two minutes of inaccurate reporting was solely on TV. Here’s how it played out on air:


CNN, FNC Fail in Early Reporting of Health Care Ruling

The expediency of TV news is not meeting well with the depth involved in the ruling on the Affordable Care Act of 2010, more commonly known as Obamacare.

“Be cautious with us, we’re trying to do the best we can,” said Bill Hemmer on Fox News, at 10:11am. “We may need to update our lower third, which may not be correct,” added Megyn Kelly, which stated the court had ruled the individual mandate unconstitutional.

At 10:07, CNN’s Kate Bolduan reported the same: “It appears as if the Supreme Court justices have struck down the individual mandate.”

“Wow, that’s a dramatic moment, if in fact the Supreme Court has ruled the individual mandate is in fact unconstitutional,” said Wolf Blitzer.

In fact, they didn’t and it was more complicated than that.

At 10:11am, a breathless NBC justice correspondent Pete Williams got it right in an NBC/MSNBC simulcast, “They have said that it can’t be upheld under the commerce clause, the individual mandate can’t. But [Chief Justice John Roberts] said it can be upheld under the court’s taxing authority. So the bottom line here is the Supreme Court has upheld the health care law. It is a penalty, not a tax.”

That clear enough?

Probably not. Our suggestion: see how the three evening newscasts report it, or read the New York Times.

As for the broadcast networks:  Matt Lauer anchored on NBC until 10:26am, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos on ABC, with Terry Moran at the court also aired their special report until 10:26. On CBS, Scott Pelley was in Washington along with Jan Crawford at the court with their special report running until 10:30. And FNC’s Jon Scott anchored on FOX stations until 10:27

HLN, CNBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg and C-Span, are also giving the decision extensive coverage.

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