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Journalism 101: Fox News only news network not to break the embargo of President Obama’s trip to Afghanistan

Via TV Newser:
. . .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. We’re told the embargo was broken by DVIDS (Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System), which is a service that hands out U.S. military footage. Last night, ABC’s Martha Raddatz, who has been on the ground in Afghanistan for the past week, had the story from sources that the President would be in Afghanistan. But for security reasons, ABC News did not report the story at that time. DVIDS sent an advisory to reporters in Washington at 10:04 this morning with information on the live video feed of the President’s trip. And according to ABC News, DVIDS informed the network the information was not embargoed. So ABC News ran with the story at 10:49am on citing “sources” who informed ABC’s Raddatz.

ABC, the first network to break the embargo, is saying it wasn't their fault. And after ABC went live with the story, so did the others - except Fox. You'd think with something as important as this, ABC and the others would have checked with the Pentagon before airing the story. - Greg Pollowitz

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