Preemptive Reporting in Afghanistan

by Matthew Shaffer

When the president is traveling abroad, the White House asks journalists to strictly observe embargoes on information relating to the president’s travel plans and location, for security purposes (i.e. in order to guarantee a safe landing). On Friday, however, Fox News seemed to be the news network most protective of Obama. ABC, MSNBC, and CNN all reported on the president’s trip to Afghanistan before the embargo was lifted. 

According to MediaBistro

ABC News, which was the pool (gathering presidential video to be used by all networks), broke the embargo and reported the news on its website at 10:49 am ET

CNN and MSNBC reported the news after it appeared on, but also before the embargo was lifted: Don Lemon reported the news at 11:02 am ET, MSNBC’s Chris Jansing reported it a minute later at 11:03.

Air Force One touched down at Bagram Air Base at 11:05amET. The White House embargo was lifted at 11:07 and Fox News Channel’s Jon Scott reported the news at 11:09amET, making it the only channel to report after the embargo. But an ABC News spokesperson tells TVNewser they are not to blame for breaking the embargo.

The White House is looking into the incident. 

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