Anchors "Parachuted" Into Middle East
As hostilities escalated in the Middle East, network and cable news operations began shifting resources to the region. NBC's Brian Williams and ABC's Charles Gibson were reportedly heading toward the Middle East. On CBS Friday, correspondent Lara Logan in Israel became a de facto co-anchor of The CBS Evening News with Bob Schieffer as she coordinated reports from the turbulent region. Fox News dispatched Shepard Smith and Bill Hemmer overseas, while CNN bolstered its CNN International coverage and combined it with its U.S. telecasts; Anderson Cooper has been airing his 360 program from the Middle East hot spots since last week. MSNBC, which ordinarily offers mostly canned programming on weekends, substantially increased the number of hours of live news reports.