Networks Break in With News of Justice Scalia’s Death

By Mark Joyella 

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.

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