Networks Break in With News of Justice Scalia’s Death

By Mark Joyella 

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The death of Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia forced broadcast and cable news into breaking news coverage Saturday afternoon. Among cable news networks, Fox News reported the story first, at 5:05 p.m. ET, followed by CNN at 5:09 and then MSNBC, at 5:12 p.m. ET.

The cable nets remain in rolling coverage at this hour.

CBS News broke into golf coverage with the news at 5:15 p.m. ET, NBC News carried a special report anchored by Erica Hill at 5:18 p.m. ET, and ABC News broke in last, at 5:29.

More: Rachel Maddow phoned in to MSNBC’s coverage at 5:45 p.m. “At a time like this first thoughts have to go to his wife and his family and his friends. Justice scalia was a larger than life person with a huge impact on the course of his country.” At 6:15, Bret Baier picked up coverage on Fox News Channel.