ABC Chief: Giffords Coverage Shows Lack of Unity

by | January 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM | TV News

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama observe a moment of silence in honor of the Arizona shooting victims (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama observe a moment of silence in honor of the Arizona shooting victims (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)


PASADENA, Calif. – The new president of ABC News says his organization needs to work with more unity, and its weekend coverage of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords‘ shooting proved it.

Unlike rivals CBS, NBC, CNN and Fox News Channel, ABC did not broadcast Saturday’s false report that Gifford had died, which originated with National Public Radio. But for 10 minutes, the ABC.com website used an incorrect headline in a banner.

ABC News President Ben Sherwood says he still hasn’t figured out who was responsible. He says “it was a mistake.”

It particularly hit home when Giffords’ husband called an ABC affiliate to say that reports that his wife had died were incorrect.

Sherwood also says he wants to “fix” the ratings-challenged “This Week” with Christiane Amanpour. But he says he has no plans to move the show from Washington, D.C.

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