It’s 10 pm ET and all three nets are live awaiting word for the death of Saddam Hussein. Milissa Rehberger is anchoring MSNBC’s coverage. Greta Van Susteren is live on FNC. Anderson Cooper is anchoring for CNN. All three are reporting that Al Arabia and Al Hurrah are saying that Hussein has been executed but they can’t confirm yet.
UPDATE: Times for initial reports of Hussein’s execution on the nets…
CNN - 10:06pm (YouTube video)
MSNBC -10:09pm ET
10:15 - MSNBC is noting a Reuters report that Hussein has been executed.
10:17 - Van Susteren is interviewing one of Hussein’s attorneys.
10:24 - Even though it doesn’t have confirmation yet, CNN is carring a banner in the lower right corner that says “Saddam Executed/Death of a Dictator”
10:26 - FNC’s reporter David MacDougal is saying that the Arab networks are reporting that there was a still camera and a video camera at the time of the as yet unconfirmed execution
10:27 - MSNBC is reporting that Iraqi state television is reporting that Hussein has been executed. I haven’t seen FNC or CNN jump on this yet.
10:29 - On MSNBC Jim Maceda is reporting that there were two other executions as well.
10:30 - MSNBC’s lower third now says Saddam Hussein has been executed. CNN and FNC have not made similar adjustments to their lower thirds yet.
10:32 - CNN’s lower third now says that one of Saddam Hussein’s attorneys says Hussein has been executed. Why is CNN hedging (the same question can be asked of FNC)? MSNBC has already declared it. Is MSNBC’s intel that much better?
10:35 - MSNBC is reporting via NBC News that there’s celebratory gunfire in Baghdad.
10:35 - CNN has a lower third that says Hussein has been executed based on word from a “Senior Military Official”.
10:37 - FNC is now carrying a lower third with the Iraqi TV report that Hussein has been hanged.