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Networks Scramble to Cover Asiana Airlines Flight 214 (HuffPost)
News of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash landing at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday sent broadcast and cable networks scrambling for coverage. Cable networks including MSNBC, CNN and Fox News broke into wall-to-wall coverage of the event after reporting the crash around 3 p.m. ET. CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield and Don Lemon anchored hours of coverage, as did MSNBC’s Craig Melvin and Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett and Heather Childers. MSNBC was live through 11 p.m. Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren hosted a two-hour special from 9-11 p.m. ET. Fox News aired two more hours of special coverage, lasting until 1 a.m. TVNewser ABC News produced a special report, with David Muir anchoring, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:02 p.m. NBC News’ Lester Holt anchored a three-minute special report at 3:30 p.m. On CBS, Jim Axelrod anchored a special report at 3:55 p.m. THR Passenger David Eun, a Samsung exec who was formerly president of AOL Media and Studios, posted his first tweets at 12:13 p.m., within minutes of the crash-landing and fire. Eun, a Harvard Law graduate who also has worked at NBC, calmly posted short but clear bulletins on the crash and the condition of the passengers. San Francisco Chronicle As Eun’s posts came to light, media entities sought him out. At one point CNN asked him to get on the phone for an interview, but he declined. “I don’t want to divert attention away from crash,” he tweeted. “[I] posted updates to let everyone know that majority of passengers seem OK.” NBCNews / Technology Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said that she, her family and some of her colleagues from the company had originally planned to take Asiana Flight 214 from Seoul, South Korea. “We switched to United so we could use miles for my family’s tickets,” she wrote. “Our flight was scheduled to come in at the same time, but we were early and landed about 20 minutes before the crash.” Valleywag It’s not news when someone isn’t somewhere, but Facebook’s top celebrity author sure convinced the Internet otherwise: Sandberg had thousands buzzing about the fact that she was not aboard a crashed plane, despite zero initial reports that she ever was.

Venezuela, Nicaragua And Bolivia Offer Asylum to Edward Snowden (The Guardian)
Bolivia, Venezuela and Nicaragua have offered asylum to Edward Snowden, the US whistleblower who is believed to have spent the past two weeks at a Moscow airport evading US attempts to extradite him. The Venezuelan president, Nicolas Maduro, and his Nicaraguan counterpart, Daniel Ortega, made the asylum offers on Friday, shortly after they and other Latin American leaders met to denounce the diversion of a plane carrying the Bolivian president, Evo Morales, due to suspicions that Snowden might have been on board. USA Today / AP Raul Castro stood shoulder-to-shoulder Sunday with Latin American countries willing to take in Snowden, but made no reference to whether Cuba itself would offer him refuge or safe passage. “We support the sovereign right of… Venezuela and all states in the region to grant asylum to those persecuted for their ideals or their struggles for democratic rights,” Castro said in a speech to Cuba’s national assembly. HuffPost After doubts surfaced July 1 regarding the authenticity of a Snowden statement released by WikiLeaks, The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald claimed in a tweet Saturday that he has proof. LGF Twitter gossip, not earth-shaking but pretty revealing: as Greenwald was lashing out at everyone who expressed even the mildest criticism, he reacted to a tweet from Daniel Serwer of peacefare.net in his customary way. The target of Greenwald’s wrath is Daniel Serwer, father of Adam Serwer who writes for Mother Jones, Salon, and many other publications, and now works for MSNBC — a lot of the same places that often feature Greenwald’s work. Adam took exception.