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ABC News leaves Gavin, others dangling while City Hall monitors tuned to CNN

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Some awkward moments this morning at San Francisco City Hall, where ABC News had correspondent (and ex-Chronicle reporter) Cecelia Vega stationed to get instant response to the Supreme Court’s Prop 8 ruling from Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and others. Only problem, there wasn’t any reaction for at least five minutes after ABC announced the ruling because . . . City Hall’s TV monitors were tuned to CNN, which was slow (i.e., cautious) to announce.

An excerpt from TV Newser [bracket mine]:

When George Stphanopoulos went to Vega and asked, “What’s the reaction?,” there wasn’t any. “It still hasn’t been announced here on this screen, so you will see it, if you stay with us any second I’m sure,” said Vega.

Five minutes later — an eternity in breaking news coverage — Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, ex-husband of Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, came on for an interview, saying, “George, we’re just literally a second away from this crowd about to erupt.”

They didn’t. So a minute later [he] added, “They’re all watching a network, not to be named, George. And for whatever reason there’s a delay.”

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