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White House Says ‘NBC is Wrong Again’ on Obamacare Reporting

NBC Nightly News led with breaking news last night about Obamacare that immediately drew the ire of deputy press secretary Josh Earnest on Twitter.

“The White House intends to delay the deadline requiring every American to have health insurance,” Brian Williams said in the show open. Reporter Tom Costello added, “The White House tells NBC News it plans to move the deadline for individuals to be required to buy health insurance by as much as six weeks … with this change the administration is trying to allow people to start the enrollment process by March 31 to avoid financial penalty.” With that, Earnest fired off this tweet.

In later feeds, Costello added the word “penalty” before “deadline” (bolded above). And the phrase in bold above was replaced with “…to buy insurance all the way up to March 31 to avoid that penalty.”

It’s a subtle, but important clarification. As the Washington Post points out, this is neither a delay of the individual mandate nor an extension of the enrollment period. But as the media covers the mess that is the sign-up process, they will be looking for any move from the White House seeming to delay implementation.

Obama and Atlantis Compete for Cable Time

President Obama appeared in the Rose Garden this morning to talk about the ailing economy amid the meager jobs report and rise in the unemployment rate.

Obama’s statement comes as the final countdown is on for the final shuttle launch. At this hour, Atlantis is still set to lift off at 11:26amET. Anderson Cooper of CNN and Shepard Smith of Fox News are at the Kennedy Space Center for coverage. Obama wrapped up at 11:12amET, and it was back to coverage from KSC. Tamron Hall and Tom Costello are anchoring coverage from Florida on MSNBC.

Networks, Cablers Plan Coverage of the Final Launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program

Tomorrow at 11:25 AM ET, the Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to launch, the final launch of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program, which first sent craft into orbit in 1981. There is a strong chance that weather could delay the launch, but that isn’t stopping the broadcast networks and cable news organizations from planning extensive coverage to mark the occasion.

NBC News is planning a special report to be anchored by Brian Williams in New York. Jay Barbree, the only journalist to cover every manned space mission, will “call” the launch from Cape Canaveral.

ABC News is planning a special report to be anchored by “Good Morning America” news anchor Josh Elliott in New York. Matt Gutman will be on the scene in Florida for the network.

CBS News is sending “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley to Cape Canaveral, where he will anchor a special report as well as that evening’s broadcast.

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Discovery Gunman Spoke to NBC News Producer During Standoff

During “NBC Nighty News” this evening, Brian Williams revealed that James Lee, the gunman that held hostages at the headquarters of Discovery Communications, spoke to an NBC News producer for about 10 minutes during the standoff.

Apparently a producer called Discovery’s main switchboard, and Lee picked up the phone in the lobby of the building.

“We chose, out of an abundance of caution, not to reveal that information until this incident was over,” correspondent Tom Costello told Williams during the newscast.

Video of the “Nightly News” report, as well as a brief audio clip from the conversation with Lee, is below:

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Update: The NBC News producer, Rob Rivas, appeared on “Today” this morning to talk about his experience. Video after the jump.

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Hostage Situation at Discovery Communications HQ

The big three cable news channels as well as CNBC and FBN are all covering an apparent hostage situation at the Silver Spring, Maryland headquarters of Discovery Communications.

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Update: Multiple Updates after the jump.

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Anderson Cooper: ‘I think there’s a basic lack of transparency in [BP's] dealings’

cooper_execs_6-18.jpgNYTimes’ Brian Stelter writes today about Anderson Cooper and his roughly 20 days reporting from the Gulf Coast. While we’ve noted that some CNN anchors have had some access, “AC360″ reportedly requests interviews with BP execs every day, but has been denied access since May 19th:

Mr. Cooper said that he finds it “odd.” He also said that he was amazed that the company has not allowed more cameras onto the rig and into the engineering room. “They have a remarkable story. They’re working very hard. And nobody sees that,” he said, quickly adding, “They’re not allowing anybody to see that.”

Stelter also writes about Bloomberg TV’s Lizzie O’Leary, who’s been in the region for four weeks now, and NBC’s Tom Costello, both of whom have recently criticized BP and the President on credibility issues.

Evening Newscasts Report from West Virginia Tonight

sawyer_westvirginia_4-6.jpgFollowing the explosion last evening in a West Virginia mine that claimed the lives of 25 people, the ABC and CBS newscasts tonight will be anchored from the area and NBC will feature reports from WV.

  • For ABC, Diane Sawyer will anchor “World News” from WV. She also reported for “Good Morning America” from there this morning.
  • Harry Smith will remain in WV after his “Early Show” appearance today and anchor “CBS Evening News.” He’s subbing for Katie Couric while she is in Haiti this week.
  • Brian Williams anchors from New York this evening with Tom Costello and Ron Mott reporting for “NBC Nightly News.” Norah O’Donnell will also be in WV.

> Earlier: Morning Anchors Head to West Virginia to Cover Mine Explosion

Snow in the Morning

It’s snowing again in the northeast and that means more frozen newscasters. This morning, Sam Champion was out in Time Square for ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Dave Price was in Philadelphia for CBS’ “Early Show,” and Tom Costello was in D.C. for NBC’s “Today” show.

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Overnight, ABC’s Jeremy Hubbard co-anchored from Central Park when the snow started falling for “World News Now.”

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NBC News’ Mike Viqueira nearly got blown away during a segment outside the White House for “The Daily Rundown.”

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The worst is supposed to come to New York later in the day, so get ready for more blizzard reporting.

Related: Molly Sims was warm and inside on “Fox & Friends” this morning when the hosts surprised her with a phone call from her parents in Florida who are big fans of the show.

In Full Page Ad, Fox Asks Where Were Other Media on 9/12. The Answer: They Were There

FNCAd_9.18.jpgToday, Fox News took out a full page ad in the Washington Post as well as the News Corp.-owned Wall Street Journal and New York Post asking, “How did ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and CNN Miss This Story?”

Well, those other networks were there.

NBC News had crews on the mall and correspondent Tom Costello reported live for NBC Nightly News Saturday. A Nightly News spokesperson tells TVNewser, “and more than 5.2 million viewers watched our coverage.” It was Weekend Nightly’s best Total Viewer delivery since April. MSNBC covered the gathering Saturday morning getting live shots from a reporter from NBC-owned WRC-TV.

ABC News was there too with reports for Good Morning America Saturday and Sunday. Kate Snow interviewed GOP Sen. Jim DeMint who was a speaker at the rally. ABCNews.com even had to correct a report about the number of attendees which was erroneously attributed to the network. Matt Kibbe of FreedomWorks, the organizer of the event, made that claim. He would later say, “I regret misrepresenting the network as [ABC's] coverage that day was fair and honest.” And from NoonET Saturday to NoonET Sunday, ABC News Radio referenced the rally in 69 separate newscasts.

And CBS News was there — with multiple crews — TV and radio. Congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes reported it as the lead story on Saturday’s CBS Evening News. CBS Radio News provided hourly reports throughout the day and CBSNews.com reported the story as the rotating lead all day, using Cordes’ video before it appeared in her Evening News story.

CNN was there as well, their Radio correspondent even got up close with the crowds. CNN also tells us deputy political director Paul Steinhauser was live at Freedom Plaza, CNN correspondent Kate Bolduan was live from the West Front of the Capitol, CNN All Platform Journalist Jim Spellman provided live hits all day after traveling for weeks on the actual Tea Party Express and filing reports for CNN and CNN.com along the way. “We had camera crews at various additional locations: shooting live video of the marchers, live video of the rally speakers, live video from the CNN Express, and two robotic cameras were in spots around the city capturing the magnitude of the event,” CNN tells us.

Reached for comment about the ad, Michael Tammero, VP of Marketing for Fox News tells TVNewser, “Generally speaking, it’s fair to say that from the tea party movement … to Acorn … to the march on 9/12, the networks either ignored the story, marginalized it or misrepresented the significance of it altogether.”

White House Knocks Jim Cramer For Calling Obama Budget “Greatest Wealth Destruction By a President”

costello_3-3.jpgNBC’s Tom Costello, on duty at the White House today, asked press secretary Robert Gibbs about some comments made by his CNBC colleague Jim Cramer. On the Today show this morning, Cramer called Pres. Obama’s budget a “radical agenda,” adding, “This is the greatest wealth destruction I’ve seen by a President.”

“I’m not entirely sure what he’s pointing to to make some of the statements,” said Gibbs. “And you can go back and look at any number of statements he’s made in the past about the economy and wonder where some of the back-up for those are too.”

When pressed further by Costello, Gibbs said, “If you turn on a certain program it’s geared to a very small audience. No offense to my good friends, or friend at CNBC. But the President has to look out for the broader economy and the broader population.”

Last month Gibbs had some choice words for Cramer’s colleague, Rick Santelli and his criticism of the Obama mortgage plan.

> Update: Video of Gibbs’ comments is after the jump (via Politico).

Click continued to see Cramer’s segment on Today this morning…

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