Bream, it turns out, had a rare eye condition that resulted in extreme pain and dryness, and hindered her ability to sleep… all during the heart of the 2010 midterm election campaigns.
By this time, she was waking up every two or three hours at night to put drops in her eyes, the only thing that seemed to help. On nights when Bream slept through the alarm, she experienced searing pain when she awoke.
“I would sit there and pray for the pain to pass and just ride it out the best I could,” she recalled. “I would try to calm myself.”
Although her vision was sometimes affected, she managed to compensate at work because both eyes were rarely impaired simultaneously.
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 Kurtzsaid 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 Shannon Breamhas 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.
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.
Fox News’ Greta Van Susterentook 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.
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.
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, 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.
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: