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Pres. Obama: ‘I Understand There Are Some Political Contests Going on Tonight’

White House correspondents Mike Viqueira (NBC), Ed Henry (FOX), Norah O'Donnell (CBS) and Jake Tapper (ABC) ahead of Pres. Obama news conference, March 6, 2012.

Pres. Obama began his first news conference of the year acknowledging that this not just any Tuesday, it’s Super Tuesday. “I understand there are some political contests going on tonight,” said Obama, bBut I thought I’d start the day off by taking a few questions which I’m sure will not be political in nature.”

After an opening statement on a new housing program, Obama began taking questions from:

1. Mike Viqueira, NBC News – Syria, Iran

2. Jake Tapper, ABC News – Israel/Iran

3. Jackie Calmes, New York Times – Iran

4. Ed Henry, Fox News – Israel/Iran, Gas prices. Obama: “Ed, just from a political perspective, do you think the president of the United States going into re-election, wants gas prices to go up higher? Is there anybody here who thinks that makes a lot of sense?”

5. Aamer Madhani, USA Today – Limbaugh apology: “I don’t know what’s in Rush Limbaugh’s heart so I’m not going to comment on his apology.”

6. Jessica Yellin, CNN – Limbaugh/Fluke, Women voters

7. Lori Montenegro, Telemundo – Latino voters

8. Norah O’Donnell, CBS News – Super Tuesday, Romney criticisms

9. Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times – G8 Summit moving from Chicago to Camp David

10. Unidentified – Nato Summit, Koran Burning

Bin Laden Killed: Cable Channels Call In Big Guns To Cover the News

Updated: With the unexpected announcement that President Obama would be making a statement late Sunday night, the cable news channels scrambled to get their top anchors on-air.

Fox News was first to confirm the news that Osama Bin Laden was dead at 10:40 PM ET. Geraldo Rivera was at the desk at the time, and responded to the news by saying:

“Happy days, happy days. This is the greatest — give me a wide shot of the general. This is the greatest night of my career. The bum is dead. I am so blessed and privileged to be at this desk at this moment.”

CNN confirmed the news at 10:42 Pm ET, and NBC News (and MSNBC) confirmed the news at 10:45 PM ET. All three networks engaged in speculation as to what the news was about from around 10 PM until their confirmed it, and all three raised Bin Laden as a possibility.

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Fundraiser for Veteran CNN Cameraman Jerry Thompson & His Family

A lot of notable tvnewsers will be at Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar in Washington, DC next month, all to help out CNN cameraman Jerry Thompson and his family: Wolf Blitzer, John King, Dana Milbank, Candy Crowley, Major Garrett, Dana Bash, Mike Viqueira, Jill Dougherty, Claire Shipman, Jamie McIntyre, Chris Plante, Ed Henry, Lisa Sylvester, and Brett Baier are just a fraction of the names set to be at the event.

The 25-year TV veteran was diagnosed with brain cancer and lost his job at CNN when his medical leave expired. The event will raise money for Thompson and his three children. Celebrity bartenders from CNN, Fox News, NBC, ABC, The Washington Post and National Journal, and entertainment from, Suspicious Package, the Washington all-journalist band. Tickets for the event, which will be held November 17 from 7-10pm can be purchased through Eventbrite.

More information about the event is after the jump…

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NBC’s Mike Viqueira: A Man of Many Shirts

viqueira071910.bmp NBC producer Mike Viqueira was in Maine over the weekend, covering the first family’s vacation in the Pine Tree State.

Apparently, there isn’t much for a reporter to do there, as Viqueira was busted by MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell changing his outfit four times in less than three hours, as the screengrab to the right shows.

It gets better, as the cameraman pulls back to show that for his final report for O’Donnell, he has ditched the jacket for the untucked shirt with flowered swim-trunks look.

“That is where I am heading after this live shot,” he tells O’Donnell.

Video of O’Donnell calling out Viqeira is after the jump.

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Networks Scramble as Obama Makes Surprise Trip to Afghanistan

Just before NoonET, the cable networks began reporting the news that Pres. Obama had landed in Kabul, Afghanistan for a brief, but previously unannounced trip. Fox News anchor Jamie Colby reported the news at 11:51am, as did NBC White House correspondent Mike Viqueira on MSNBC. CNN’s Candy Crowley, who was part of the “Sound of Sunday” segment at the end of “Reliable Sources” reported the news at 11:53amET. ABC News produced a special report 12:03pmET anchored by Bianna Golodryga.

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Press Secy. Robert Gibbs Tweeted the news at 11:51:

The President just landed in Afghanistan to see out troops and meet with President Karzai and his Cabinet

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.

Kennedy Funeral : Broadcast Network Plans

And here are some the early details of how Sen. Kennedy’s funeral mass in Boston and burial service in Arlington National Cemetery will be covered by the broadcast networks tomorrow:

abcnews120.jpg Saturday morning, Kate Snow will anchor “GMA” from the JFK Library in Boston. At approximately 10:30amET (Update: now 10amET) ABC News will broadcast live coverage of the funeral Mass anchored by Charlie Gibson. At approximately 5:30pmET, Gibson will anchor coverage of the burial service. Throughout the coverage, George Stephanopoulos, Terry Moran, Snow, John Berman, and Susan Milligan will be joining Gibson. Jim Sciutto will anchor “World News” in the evening.
cbsnews120.jpg CBS News will cover the memorial live Saturday morning starting at 10amET with Harry Smith anchoring from New York.
nbc120.jpg Starting at 10amET, Brian Williams will anchor NBC News coverage of the funeral Mass. At 5:30pmET, NBC News coverage will resume for the burial service. NBC News’ coverage will be supplemented by reporting from Andrea Mitchell, Anne Thompson, Kelly O’Donnell, Lester Holt, Mike Taibbi, Mike Viqueira, Norah O’Donnell, and Savannah Guthrie.

TVNewser will post any additional details as we receive them.

Mike Viqueira Honored With Joan Barone Award

MViq_6.22.jpgThis morning, after a live shot on the health care reform plan, NBC/MSNBC’s Mike Viqueira was congratulated by Carlos Watson after he was honored with the Joan S. Barone Award for excellence in journalism at the RTCA dinner Friday night.

“One thing I neglected to do on Friday night is thank MSNBC. We rock,” said Viqueira.

The award is given in memory of the late Joan Barone, former executive producer of CBS News’ Face the Nation, and is presented for excellence in Washington, D.C.-based national affairs and public policy reporting.

Mike Viqueira Looks At D.C., Own History

viquiera_6-16.jpgNBC congressional producer/reporter Mike Viqueira writes a lengthy story in this month’s Washingtonian Magazine about the history of Washington, D.C. — and his own family. He describes a Lewis Hine photo hanging in the basement of the Capitol building, featuring two of his great-uncles:

Over the past ten years, I’ve walked that hall and many others on the Hill as MSNBC’s congressional correspondent and an NBC producer, rushing from press conference to interview to live shot. Yet that image always brings me up short. Captured by pioneering photojournalist Lewis Hine in 1912, it’s one in a serial expose of the child-labor practices of 100 years ago. From the look of the boys — reported by Hine to have been cited for “incorrigibility in school” — they didn’t have an easy life.

(photo by Jay Westcott)

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