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Today is, of course, the anniversary of Sept. 11th. The networks will have special coverage- on ABC tonight, Jim Sciutto will have special reports on NYPD’s counter-terrorism unit on “World News” and on “Nightline,” Bob Woodruff will interview author Jon Krakauer about his upcoming Pat Tillman book. On CBS, Katie Couric will explore some remaining questions from the tragedy on the “Evening News.” And on NBC, “Nightly News” will have a special “Making a Difference” segment on national service along with their coverage of the day’s news.
On cable today- MSNBC began airing “9/11/01: The Today Show,” a three-hour program showing how the events unfolded live. In the evening, MSNBC will show a two-hour “9/11: As It Happened” special chronicling NBC’s coverage that day with limited editing. On CNN later today, Anderson Cooper will do a special edition of “AC360” from Afghanistan, as he has all week. And on Fox News, at 10pmET, “Fox News Reporting, 9/11: Timeline of Terror” will air, which includes interviews with Ari Fleisher, Dick Cheney, and Condoleezza Rice. Jon Scott, who was anchoring for FNC on 9/11/01, will anchor “Happening Now” from Ground Zero. Bret Baier will host “Special Report” from Pentagon Memorial Park at 6pmET. (h/t TVNewser)
What know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…
E&P: The Washington Post‘s foreign staff plans to boost Middle East coverage, while also focusing more on enterprise and in-depth stories over breaking news in coming months. The 14-person overseas staff is not expected to increase, but may see some transferring to increase the presence in the Middle East and Far East.
21.2 million total viewers watched President Obama’s address to congress on the networks Wednesday night, ranking NBC, ABC and CBS.
Another 9.5 million watched on the three cable news networks, ranking Fox, MSNBC, CNN.
Mark your calendars… Jenna Bush Hager will make her debut as an NBC “Today Show” correspondent one week from today. For her first piece to air Sept. 18th, the former first daughter will profile Dalton Sherman, an 11-year-old motivational speaker from Dallas who made headlines across the country last year after giving an inspiring speech at his school’s pep rally.
Is Fran Drescher heading to cable news? Washington Whispers hears that the actress, who was once speculated to run for office too, is in talks with Fox and MSNBC. There is that 11am hour open at MSNBC…
John Stossel leaves ABC for Fox News and Fox Business Network.
It’s Media Matters vs. WaPo‘s Dana Milbank.
And on a lighter note this morning, the 17 best news bloopers ever, courtesy of HuffPost.
WEST WING REPORTAGE
President Obama penned this op-ed in the NY Daily News to mark the 9/11 anniversary. “Every year on this day, we are all New Yorkers.”
Why Mediaite thinks President Obama should go on “The Factor” with Fox’s Bill O’Reilly.