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CNN’s Ted Rowlands Heads to Chicago

Veteran CNN correspondent Ted Rowlands is on the move. Rowlands, who got his start with CNN in the San Francisco bureau in 2004, before moving to Los Angeles, has been named Chicago correspondent for the network.

For CNN, Rowlands has covered the high profile criminal cases against Scott Peterson, Michael Jackson, O.J. Simpson and Phil Spector. Rowlands was also CNN’s lead reporter in the death of Jackson.

Rowlands had also filled in occasionally on “Larry King Live.”

The Chicago bureau has been without a fulltime correspondent since Susan Roesgen, was let go nearly two years ago. Roesgen was criticized for her coverage at a Chicago tax day tea party in April, 2009.

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Susan Roesgen Out at CNN

Roesgen_7.16.jpgBreaking: TVNewser has learned CNN correspondent Susan Roesgen‘s contract will not be renewed and she will be leaving the network.

Roesgen, you’ll recall, was criticized for her coverage at the tax day tea parties in April, when she said the event she was covering in Chicago was, “anti-CNN since this is highly promoted by the right-wing, conservative network Fox.”

Roesgen took a break for a few weeks after that reporting and returned to the air in May covering the Drew Peterson arrest. Most recently, she covered Michael Jackson‘s death from Los Angeles. Roesgen joined CNN in 2005.

When TVNewser asked whether Roesgen’s comments at the Chicago tea party rally had anything to do with her not being renewed, a CNN spokesperson said, “I can’t comment on personnel matters.”

Susan Roesgen Back on Air Today For CNN

Yes, dozens of tipsters who have written to TVNewser today, you are correct — today is CNN correspondent Susan Roesgen‘s first day back on the air since Tax Day. Roesgen took a previously-planned vacation after her much-publicized tea party run-in, and is reporting today for the network about the Drew Peterson arrest. She’s been on the air several times throughout the morning and afternoon — here’s one of her reports for CNN.com:

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Greta on Roesgen: “I Think She’s Been Punished Enough”

greta_4-23.bmpEileen O’Connor, the former CNN reporter who spoke out against Susan Roesgen‘s tea party reporting, went On the Record last night with Greta Van Susteren.

“I can only think that if we had done that, Ted Turner would have had our heads,” said Van Susteren.

Although both agreed there needs to be an apology, O’Connor said, “This is not representative of CNN.”

“I feel sorry for her, and I think the next time I do something, is everyone going to be unmerciful to me? I wish there was some way CNN can help her get out of this,” said Van Susteren.

Later on Gretawire, Van Susteren wrote: “Maybe she needs to reexamine what her job is and how to do it better…but she should get a shot at trying to redeem herself.”

• Van Susteren throws out the first pitch at the St. Louis Cardinals game today (she broadcast from St. Louis last night).

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Partied-Out CNN Reporter Takes a Break

Roesgen_4.17.jpgTwo days after Susan Roesgen‘s much talked-about Chicago Tea Party live shots, we are learning more about what happened off-camera.

Sources close to the situation tell TVNewser as Roesgen was reporting her 2pmET live shot for CNN, she heard shouts from the crowd including “Damn CNN” and “Shut up, bitch.”

As we now know, Roesgen wrapped up the live shot, saying “I think you get the general tenor of this,” that it was “not really family viewing” from an “Anti-CNN” crowd.

Our source says Roesgen received an avalanche of email messages, some supportive, and some “vitriolic with crude insults.”

CNN denies reports that Roesgen’s email was shut down. A spokesperson tells TVNewser many people were emailing what they believed to be Roesgen’s CNN account, but it was actually a non-existent inbox. Her email account was and continues to be active.

So far Roesgen is not talking publicly about the situation. CNN tells us she’s now on a previously-planned vacation.

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Related: Gawker reports Roesgen twice applied for a job at “the right-wing conservative network Fox.”

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“Fox Are the Hippies, CNN is The Man…What Does That Make MSNBC?”

The Daily Show summed up the Tax Day Tea Parties last night with an eight-minute segment on the protests — and the coverage. Jon Stewart brought up FBN’s Cody Willard “dropping the f-bomb on Obama” and why “everything is now reversed” with Fox News.

“So Fox is now the voice of the people’s revolution. They’re the hippie station, they’re NPR, they’re Democracy Now,” said Stewart.

He also had some thoughts on CNN’s Susan Roesgen (“Daddy, why is the lady yelling at you?”):

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Related: Here are some images from the Tax Day Tea Parties that you may not have seen on the cablers.

Susan Roesgen: Fox News Regular

roesgen_4-16.bmpOne of the reports from CNN correspondent Susan Roesgen at yesterday’s Chicago tea party drew a lot of buzz online (270,000 YouTube views so far), but also from another location — Fox News Channel.

Last night there was an O’Reilly Factor segment (featuring DC-tea party participant Laura Ingraham). Overnight, Red Eye got in on the act. This morning, Fox & Friends devoted a few segments to the report, and Megyn Kelly anchored a segment on America’s Newsroom.

Then this afternoon, Neil Cavuto had a guest on who attended the Chicago rally. She claimed Roesgen “staged” the interviews. (“Staged”, in this case not meaning orchestrated but rather, what the guest described as, “a gross misrepresentation of the surroundings.”)

Another Chicago rally participant had his own camera rolling and captured a conversation Roesgen had with another attendee, just after her “anti-government, anti-CNN” live shot. It shows the discontent in the crowd over her report.

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How The Cablers Covered the Tea Parties

kurtz_4-15.jpgWe’ve been monitoring how the networks are covering the tea parties today (via TV Eyes). As of 6pmET, here’s how many times the tea parties have been mentioned by each network:

• FBN — 78
• FNC — 55
• CNN — 36
• MSNBC — 32
• HLN — 24
• CNBC — 17

During his report on The Situation Room, CNN media critic Howard Kurtz characterized the coverage this way: “Fox News sees today’s tea party tax day protests as a big story, CNN as a modest story and MSNBC as a great story…to make fun of.”

And unlike CNN’s reporter in Chicago, Susan Roesgen, Kurtz did not use the terms “conservative” or “right-wing” when describing Fox News, but did say, “MSNBC’s liberal hosts have openly mocked the tea parties.”

CNN Reporter at Chicago Tea Party: It’s “Anti-CNN Since This is Highly Promoted By the Right-Wing, Conservative Network Fox”

CNN correspondent Susan Roesgen could barely get through her live shot at the Chicago tea party this afternoon. Over shouts of, “You’re not a reporter,” Roesgen quickly wrapped up an interview with an attendee, then said, “I think you get the general tenor of this. It’s anti-government, anti-CNN since this is highly promoted by the right-wing conservative network Fox.”

A Fox News spokesperson responds to TVNewser, “Judging by their lack of ratings, everyone seems to be anti-CNN.”

More: FNC’s Shepard Smith responds in his own inimitable way on Studio B: “I’ve just learned it’s Anti-CNN day. I know, right? I had no freakin’ clue.” Later: “Just a minute ago, that Susan Roesgen, from that CNN, that people used to watch a long time ago…” And still later: “Anti-CNN? Who’s anti-CNN, settle down Susan! Come on girl.” And even later: “Poor Susan Roesgen, nobody hates you, everybody … we love the CNN. Relax everybody. Don’t get your hate on.”

Related: How much has each network covered the tea parties today?

Official CNN response about Roesgen’s comments from spokesperson Christa Robinson: “She was doing her job, and called it like she saw it.”

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CNN Journalist Arrested Covering Fargo Flooding

A tipster sends us this AP News alert:

BC-MN–Midwest Flooding-Arrests,0123 CNN journalist, others arrested on Fargo dikes Eds: APNewsNow. FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A CNN journalist and seven other people have been arrested for standing on top of sandbag levees in flood areas in the Fargo area. Fargo Police Sgt. Ross Renner didn’t have many details of the journalist’s arrest, but said the man appeared to be taking pictures at the time. He says officers made the arrests Wednesday and Thursday after seeing people climb up on the dikes. Renner says police will continue to arrest anyone they see on top of a dikes out of concern for people’s safety and the integrity of the levees. He says it’s likely all those arrested have been released. A CNN spokeswoman said she had no immediate information about the arrest.

We’re looking into the details of the arrest. As of this morning at 9amET, CNN correspondent Susan Roesgen has been reporting from Fargo. It may have been a CNN photographer who was arrested.

> Update: A CNN spokesperson confirms it was a cameraman, and tells TVNewser, “He was unaware of any restriction and has been released on bail.”

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