Saddam: In-Depth On 20/20 & Nightline


By Brian Comment

nightlinedec30.jpg“ABC has had the most extensive coverage of the broadcast nets,” an observer notes. A second viewer agrees: “ABC’s coverage was by far the best from the broadcast networks.

For the second time this week, ABC benefited from the fact that big news broke during a regularly scheduled ABC newscast. (It also happened with Gerald Ford on Wednesday.)

The second half of 20/20 was focused on the death of Saddam, with Elizabeth Vargas tossing to reporters in Baghdad and the U.S. (“The West Coast version of 20/20 will include a look at the rise and fall of the former Iraqi dictator,” ABC adds.)

All of Nightline was devoted to the execution, too. Cynthia McFadden anchored from NY, with contributions by Jake Tapper, Terry McCarthy, and NYU professor Noah Feldman will appear to put the execution into context and discuss the potential ramifications.

> Also: “ABC News Now is carrying BBC News 24’s Saddam coverage,” an e-mailer said at 12:15am…