Networks differ in coverage of astronaut's death

The major networks dealt with coverage of death of the first man to walk on the moon differently.

Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong died at the age of 82. The news of his death was broken by NBC News, as reporter Jay Barbree was contacted by Tom Stafford, a former astronaut who was contacted by Armstrong’s wife.

Armstrong, who made history in 1969, reportedly died from complications from heart surgery he endured three weeks prior. He rarely appeared in public in the years following his walk on the moon.

NBC first incorrectly reported the death of rock pioneer Neil Young on a graphic, though they got the astronaut part right.

MSNBC interrupted a documentary on the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Brian Williams and Lester Holt discussed his death, and retired astronaut Mark Kelly called in.

Fox News then broke in during “Stossel” to speak with former astronaut Tom Jones.

CNN stayed with personal finance coverage, then Hurricane Isaac and Mitt Romney Michigan speech coverage,  until breaking in 40 minutes after his death with coverage.  “PBS News Hour” science correspondent Miles O’Brien discussed Armstrong’s legacy on air.

Meanwhile, ABC News ran special report around 3:30 p.m. EST, which was anchored by David Muir.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter.

- Neil Armstrong (1)

Written by: KurtK26
Aug 25th, 2012, 6:12 pm

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