Woodruff & Vogt: Ticker #7

By Brian 

abcjan312.jpg > ABCNews.com’s evening headline: “Woodruff and Vogt: Heartening Progress”

> Several e-mailers have raised their eyebrows at this morning’s half-page ad in the New York Times (right). ABC’s SOTU coverage ad includes no mention of Woodruff. (Then again, a “get well” message may have seemed strange in the middle of a promo. Should they have pulled the ad?)

> At today’s traditional background briefing lunch for anchors and commentators at the White House, ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas “was inundated by questions from all of us, including the President, about the well-being of Bob Woodruff and Doug Vogt, both of whom were in the air en route to the United States at the time when we sat down for lunch,” NBC’s Brian Williams blogs…

> UPI quotes an e-mail about Woodruff/Vogt coverage from a U.S. officer stationed in Baqubah, Iraq: “Why do you think this is such a huge story? It’s a bit stunning to us over here how absolutely dominant the story is on every network and front page. I mean, you’d think we lost the entire 1st Marine Division or something. There’s a lot of grumbling from guys at all ranks about it. That’s a really impolite and impolitic thing to say … but it’s what you would hear over here.”

> ABCNews.com has an FAQ about brain injuries…