How Will Nets Cover Koran Burning?

By Alex Weprin 

On Saturday, pastor Terry Jones is planning to hold an event where attendees will burn copies of the Koran, Islam’s holy book.

The burning has drawn the attention of the TV news organizations, which have been covering it all week.

Now the question is, how will they cover the event itself?

We spoke to the networks to find out…

ABC News says that it will have people there to cover the event, and afterward producers and executives will meet to decide what images to show on-air.

A CBS News spokesperson says: “We will cover the story with the appropriate context, as we would any other news story”

An NBC News spokesperson says: “Our policy is to cover news events as they take place, and report on them with context and perspective. The determination about what images are appropriate and will be broadcast will be made by NBC News management after the event happens.”

A CNN spokesperson says: “We will dedicate resources to the story and provide coverage as news warrants.”

Fox News will not cover the event, with senior VP Michael Clemente telling the Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik:

“If we tried to cover everyone who wants us to stick a camera in front of them, we’d run out of cameras pretty fast each day. But this is really about just using some judgment.”