Today the multiple bombings in Jordan caused all three networks to basically adopt the same strategy. CNN, MSNBC, and FNC all had multiple screens up showing various feeds of the coverage. We have seen, since The Situation Room first started doing it, that MSNBC and FNC would occasionally follow CNN’s tactic when covering a breaking news event by cramming as many feeds as they could into the TV screen but never to the degree that we witnessed today. And over at CNN, someone gave Wolf Blitzer a table to put his papers on (it may have been used prior to today I don’t usually get to see the program because I’m at work…however today I’m home ill).
With the three networks basically showing the same footage the same way, the only way to differentiate the coverage came down to the analysts each network used. My illness kept me from paying too close attention to the unfolding spectacle so I’m not going to comment on who had the best analysis.
UPDATE: TVNewser notes the video image “cram-a-thon” yesterday. In MSNBC’s case I only saw a quad screen picture a few times later in the day. For most of the broadcast it was just a single image.