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Eric Cantor Loss is ‘Shocking,’ ‘Stunning’ and All-Encompassing on Cable News

VARaceJaws dropped in network newsrooms across the country tonight as House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his congressional primary to Tea Party challenger Dave Brat.

Cable news networks went into overdrive with the stunning news. At 8:06pm MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow interrupted Chris Hayes‘ show, which had been pre-recorded. Maddow called it “a shocking development in American politics.” (Hayes returned live at 8:38pm). CNN’s Anderson Cooper called the race at 8:11pm and FNC’s Trace Gallagher broke in to the O’Reilly Factor at 8:14pmET, before Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly picked up coverage and filled out the 8pmET hour.

As vote totals came in in the 7pmET hour, the news networks began speculating that Cantor looked to go down to defeat. Dana Perino in for Greta Van Susteren on Fox News reported Cantor was trailing Brat, as did Erin Burnett on CNN, and Lou Dobbs on FBN.

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First Bad News From Megyn Kelly, Then an Arrest Warrant From Police

It’s been a rough 24 hours for losing South Dakota senate candidate Annette Bosworth.

First, she learned of her South Dakota senate primary loss live on “The Kelly File” Tuesday night: “That’s news to me…I didn’t know that,” Bosworth said after Megyn Kelly reported the results. 24 hours later, Trace Gallagher reported more bad news about her: police issued an arrest warrant for Bosworth, alleging she was not present when people signed petitions for her Senate run, but instead, on a missionary trip to the Philippines.


What Anderson Cooper and Megyn Kelly Left Out of Their Isla Vista Killing Spree Reporting

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Covering Friday’s Isla Vista killing spree last night, Anderson Cooper and Megyn Kelly chose not to mention alleged killer Elliot Rodger‘s name, air his photo, or play the YouTube video he made shortly before killing seven, including himself.

“I respect the position that you’ve taken on the coverage of these events,” Richard Martinez, father of one of the victims, 20-year-old Christopher Martinez, said to Cooper.

“As you know, I don’t believe in saying the person’s name, or showing the person’s picture who committed these things,” Cooper said. “I think history should not remember that person’s name, but should remember the name of your son, and all the others who lost their lives.”

Martinez added there’s another important reason not to report perpetrators’ names: would-be shooters thinking of committing a crime might be watching Cooper, and shouldn’t see other shooters rewarded with on-air name recognition from the media. “I agree,” Cooper said.

Later in the show, Cooper spoke with “Columbine” author Dave Cullen about not reporting shooters’ names. “There’s almost a glorification, and other people are watching,” Cooper said.

Over on “The Kelly File,” Megyn Kelly stuck to her show’s policy: “We are not naming this shooter, nor will we show you his picture or his videos.” Kelly then tossed to Trace Gallagher, who reported on the investigation into the stabbing and shooting spree without mentioning Rodger’s name, showing his picture, or airing his YouTube video (which has been removed from the site).

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Dorner Cornered, California Manhunt Pushes Up Against State of the Union Coverage

In the hour leading up to the State of the Union, the cable news networks would ordinarily be in continuing coverage of the President’s annual address. Instead, they have been in breaking news mode as choppers hover over a remote cabin in a California forest. Inside that cabin, is believed to be murder suspect and former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner.

On CNN, new anchor Chris Cuomo and old hand Anderson Cooper teamed up for coverage for part of the early evening. At one point, correspondent Miguel Marquez on the scene in San Bernardino County, took off his lapel microphone and clipped it on a Sheriff’s Dept. spokesperson who updated the media on the situation. She didn’t have much to offer, and appeared not to appreciate Marquez’s pressing questions. Wolf Blitzer took over at 8:50pm with State of the Union coverage.

On MSNBC, Chris Matthews put politics aside and anchored coverage of the shootout and fire leading up to the State of the Union. During a lull in the news, Matthews commented on, “this strange connection of the mind that becomes criminal and the love of media attention. And the way this person, apparently, was seeking out media attention. Mentioning names of people in the media, myself even.”

On FNC, the network’s breaking news aficionado, Shepard Smith is halfway around the world in Rome covering the breaking news of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, leaving much of the anchoring late today to Trace Gallagher in the Los Angeles bureau. During the 8pm hour, as the misinformation swirled like smoke from that cabin, Bill O’Reilly was the voice of reason for weary anchors, reporters and viewers: “It doesn’t matter [about conflicting information]. It will clarify itself. In a breaking news story like this that happens all the time.”

More: As CNN takes the State of the Union coverage, Anderson Cooper continued with the breaking news on HLN along with Nancy Grace.

More: Brian Williams on NBC and Diane Sawyer on ABC briefed viewers about the situation in Southern California before getting to the State of the Union coverage

More: As the president spoke, law enforcement in Big Bear removed a body from the burned out cabin. It is believed to be Dorner. After the president concluded his address, the networks returned to the situation in California. Diane Sawyer brought in ABC’s Pierre Thomas who reported the news. CNN reported the same. Marquez had confirmed it earlier, at 9:59pmET, on HLN.

Update, 11:35pmET: So it appears the sources relied upon by CNN, ABC, NBC and others who reported a body being taken out of the cabin, were not accurate. During a news conference from the scene the San Bernardino Country Sheriff’s Office spokesperson said no body had been found, identified or recovered from the cabin.

Cable Networks Turn Attention to Christopher Dorner Shootout in Los Angeles

About midway through the 4pmET hour, all three cable news networks pivoted to Los Angeles, where murder suspect Christopher Dorner engaged in a gunfight with police.

During “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” Fox News had Trace Gallagher reporting on the phone from Los Angeles. Gallagher is currently anchoring from FNC’s L.A. bureau, preempting “The Five.”

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Chris Cuomo are anchoring CNN’s coverage, with reporters Casey Wian and Chris Welch. CNN is using aerial footage from its affiliates on a delay.

Chris Matthews is anchoring for MSNBC, with John Yang contributing from Los Angeles.

ABC News and NBC News also aired special reports around 5pmET. Bill Weir anchored on ABC, with Pierre Thomas and Cecilia Vega contributing; Brian Williams anchored on NBC, with Yang contributing from LA.

On the local front, Carter Evans, the husband of former Fox News Channel reporter Courtney Friel, was covering the shootout for KCBS in Los Angeles. TVSpy has the video.

President Obama Calls Sandra Fluke Shortly Before MSNBC Interview

After several media appearances by Sandra Fluke in the past 24 hours, President Obama called the Georgetown Law School student this afternoon, shortly before she appeared on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”

“He encouraged me and supported me and thanked me for speaking out about the concerns of American women,” Fluke told Mitchell.

Fluke was the subject of a strongly-worded rant from Rush Limbaugh Wednesday after her testimony in front Democratic lawmakers last week. As a Catholic institution, Georgetown does not cover birth control. Fluke said birth control would cost her up to $3,000 a year.

Limbaugh said, “What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute.”

Fluke was interviewed by MSNBC’s Ed Schultz last night and by Matt Lauer this morning on “Today.”

Neither Fox News or CNN have covered the story as extensively as MSNBC, which has reported Fluke’s story on every hour of daytime programming today, according to TVEyes. CNN’s Dana Bash reported on Limbaugh’s comments on “CNN Newsroom” this morning. FNC’s Trace Gallagher reported on Fluke’s testimony during “America Live with Megyn Kelly” on Tuesday.

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Cable News Pivots from Chaos in Libya to Earthquake outside Washington, DC

A 5.9 earthquake struck between Mineral and Louisa, Virginia — 90 miles from Washington, DC — at 1:51pmET, but was felt up and down the east coast.

Much of the cable news coverage which had been focused on Libya, switched immediately to the earthquake. Our building is being evacuated … again (we’re on the 4th floor of a high rise in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan).

Back soon. 2:19pm

2:38pm And… we’re back.

2:20pmET: Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC, who was anchoring her DC show when the quake struck: “This is a three-story building and our studio is on the third floor. Everybody came down very calmly down the steps, but clearly knocked off of the air from the rumbling sense first described by my colleagues, Pete Williams, and others. And you know the glass and metal desk in the studio, that desktop started to go up and down and seemed as though everything was moving a couple of inches up and down and the papers going every which way, and clearly, it took a while to register.”

2:26pm: Bret Baier outside the Fox News DC bureau on Capitol Hill: “We felt it for 25-30 seconds. The floor shaking beneath us. And then everyone — the alarm went off and everyone went down the stairs. There are hundreds of people out on the streets in D.C outside the Capitol, outside all of the buildings. All these folks waiting to see what they can do as far as getting back in. We have just been told by the building management that we can go in right now and get our things and then 30 minutes from now they are going to shut down this building for right now.”

2:17pm: Wolf Blitzer on CNN: “We felt it here. We’re up on Capitol Hill in our building at CNN in Washington, DC. I was on the eighth floor and all of a sudden it just started slowly, you felt the ground floor moving a little bit. The desks started to shake a little bit. But then you could really feel the pounding and there was a real jolt and I’m guessing it lasted for 20 or 30 seconds.”

2:02pm: CNN’s Barbara Starr at the Pentagon: “Just a few moments ago as the building began

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Katrina Anniversary Coverage Update

katrina_8-23.jpgWe have some updates to our roundup of news network coverage for the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina:

  • CBS: Harry Smith will anchor “The Early Show” from New Orleans on Friday the 27th for full anniversary coverage throughout the program, including reports from correspondents Michelle Miller and Betty Nguyen. Mark Strassman will report that day for “Evening News” and Jeff Greenfield will have a report for “CBS Sunday Morning.” Russ Mitchell will anchor Sunday’s “Evening News” from New Orleans as well. The Saturday “Early Show” and “Evening News” will also provide coverage.
  • CNN: Anderson Cooper will anchor “AC360″ from New Orleans Wednesday-Friday this week. The network will air an “AC360″ special on Thursday titled, “In Katrina’s Wake Building Up America.” More: John Roberts anchors “American Morning” on Friday from the Lower 9th Ward. Soledad O’Brien will report live.
  • Fox News: Jonathan Hunt, Trace Gallagher, and Arthel Neville will be reporting from the Gulf for “Studio B” and “Fox Report” starting on Thursday the 26th.
  • The Newseum in Washington DC has a new exhibit opening Friday examining press coverage of Katrina.

For our complete list of coverage plans — including the broadcast and cable nets — click here.

Networks Announce Katrina Anniversary Coverage

As we arrive at the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina this month, the news nets are prepping special coverage to mark the occasion. We will update as we learn more, but here’s what we’ve heard so far:

Brian Williams will anchor “NBC Nightly News” from New Orleans on August 26, 27, 29, and 30th where he will interview Brad Pitt and Harry Connick Jr. for segments on the 27th and 28th. Williams will also moderate “Meet the Press” from nearby Jackson Square on the 29th. “Dateline” will air a special hour titled “Hurricane Katrina: The First Five Days” airing the 22nd. Al Roker and Matt Lauer will co-anchor NBC’s “Today” show from New Orleans on Friday the 27th.
Bob Woodruff will report a series for ABC News titled “Katrina: Where Things Stand,” which will first appear on “World News” the 26th and continue on “GMA” and “Nightline.” On Friday the 27th, Robin Roberts will anchor “Good Morning America” from her hometown of Pass Christian, MS, which was devastated by the storm.
CBS’ Harry Smith will anchor “The Early Show” from New Orleans on Friday the 27th for full anniversary coverage throughout the program. Mark Strassman will report that day for “Evening News” and Jeff Greenfield will have a report for “CBS Sunday Morning.” Russ Mitchell will anchor Sunday’s “Evening News” from New Orleans as well. The Saturday “Early Show” and “Evening News” will also provide coverage.The network will also have a special CBS News poll on Katrina’s impact and aftermath.

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Obama Speaks from White House After BP Meeting

President Obama will deliver a statement this afternoon following his meeting with executives from BP on the oil spill. It is expected that the president will announce a deal with BP for a $20 billion spill-victim fund.

ABC will break in with a special report anchored by Diane Sawyer with David Muir in the Gulf region. Lester Holt will anchor a report for NBC.

The cablers are also awaiting the statement. Fox News will have Trace Gallagher in the gulf coast with reaction from residents.

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Update: While the remarks were schedule for 12:15 from the Rose Garden, delays and rain resulted in the President speaking indoors between roughly 2:27-2:34pmET.

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