Chris Christie Press Conference: How the Networks Covered
All of the broadcast networks stuck with regularly scheduled programming, while CNN brought in Wolf Blitzer to cover the New Jersey governor’s announcement.
None of the broadcast networks broke into regularly scheduled daytime programming Tuesday to cover Chris Christie’s news conference, where the New Jersey governor formally announced he was not going to seek the GOP nomination for president.
ABC did not carry Christie’s announcement on the network but live streamed a special report on ABCNews.com and on Yahoo.
It was a contrast to Monday's special reports on the trial of American exchange student Amanda Knox; when all three broadcast networks interrupted daytime lineups to deliver the verdict and many had correspondents on the scene in Italy.
Diane Sawyer anchored a special report from ABC News headquarters in New York to cover the long-awaited Knox verdict that overturned her guilty ruling, while Elizabeth Vargas reported from Perugia, Italy.
NBC and CBS also stuck with regularly scheduled programming and did not break in to cover the presser.
For the Knox trial, NBC News’ Lester Holt delivered the news outside the courthouse in Perugia. CBS, meanwhile, did not break in. The network on Monday interrupted regularly scheduled programming with Bob Scheiffer reporting the verdict.
Fox doesn't typically cut into its regularly scheduled programming and did not cover Christie's announcement.
CNN, which produced a segment last week asking point blank if Christie was too fat to be president, broadcast live from the CNN Newsroom and brought in Wolf Blitzer to anchor the broadcast, with the political reporter going in and out of the press conference. Blitzer was joined by John King and Gloria Borger. Coverage on CNN began at 1 p.m. and continued through until 1:48 p.m. EST, which included post-press conference coverage analysis with Blitzer, King and Borger.