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Winter weather was the unanimous choice for Story of the Day as all three newscasts led with the blizzard on the northern plains that was followed by frigid cold across most of the eastern half of the nation. Winds whipped waves on the Great Lakes; snow led to white-out driving and stranded motorists in Indiana; frost threatens the winter fruit harvest in Florida's fields and citrus orchards.    
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video thumbnailNBCWinter weatherSnows on northern plains followed by frigid coldKevin TibblesMinneapolis
video thumbnailABCWinter weatherSnows strand motorists in highway white-outsChris BuryIndiana
video thumbnailNBCHealthcare reform: universal and managed careJudge finds mandated coverage unConstitutionalPete WilliamsWashington DC
video thumbnailCBSHouse Speaker-to-be John Boehner prepares for gavelFrequently emotional, often bursts into tearsNancy CordesCapitol Hill
video thumbnailNBCWar on Drugs: Mexico narcotics gang warsGuns supplied by US-based straw-man purchasesMark PotterMexico City
video thumbnailABCFinancier Bernard Madoff convicted of $65bn fraudSon Mark Madoff faces lawsuits, commits suicideBrian RossNew York
video thumbnailCBSFinancier Bernard Madoff convicted of $65bn fraudFormer employees blacklisted, fail to find jobsAnthony MasonNew York
video thumbnailABCCollege student plagiarism, test cheatingThesis ghostwriter has sold papers for ten yearsDavid MuirNew York
video thumbnailCBSHS hoops: winningest coach breaks record in TexasGranbury HS girls' coach wins 1,333 since 1962Steve HartmanTexas
video thumbnailABCYear in Review 2010YouTube ranks most widely viewed videostreamsJohn BermanNew York
 
TYNDALL BLOG: DAILY NOTES ON NETWORK TELEVISION NIGHTLY NEWS
NFL ROOF CAVES IN AND NBC PAYS ATTENTION Winter weather was the unanimous choice for Story of the Day as all three newscasts led with the blizzard on the northern plains that was followed by frigid cold across most of the eastern half of the nation. Winds whipped waves on the Great Lakes; snow led to white-out driving and stranded motorists in Indiana; frost threatens the winter fruit harvest in Florida's fields and citrus orchards.

ABC's Clayton Sandell and NBC's Kevin Tibbles both led their newscasts from the freezing interior of the Metrodome in Minneapolis--freezing because the weight of snow on top of its inflatable roof had torn a hole through it. NBC's Tibbles spent more time on the cave in, rerunning footage from the local FOX affiliate in the Twin Cities. As Norman Charles likes to complain at The Nightly Daily, ever since the NFL has become a major ratings grabber for NBC Sports on Sunday nights, NBC News has discovered football as regular beat.

CBS tapped Liz Collin of WCCO-TV, its Twin Cities affiliate, to file the Metrodome story. Its lead was from the windswept shores of Lake Michigan, where Dean Reynolds looked very cold indeed.


OTHER NOTES FROM MONDAY’S NEWSCASTS… NBC and CBS both treated the Constitutional questions about universal healthcare coverage mandates as a legal story, assigning the court challenge to Pete Williams and Jan Crawford respectively. ABC chose the political angle, with Jake Tapper at the White House. The legal eagles made the better call.

CBS cashed in on Lesley Stahl's lachrymose viral hit on 60 Minutes by having Nancy Cordes follow up with more weeping from the Speaker-to-be.

None of the three newscasts have paid a full amount of attention to the narcotrafficking wars in Mexico. Of the three, NBC has made the greatest effort over the past four years (27 reports v CBS 21, ABC 12), led by Mark Potter. Potter files once more in the War Next Door series by asking where the cartels get their firepower from. It is not south of the border. This is the fifth such package since the fall of 2006 on the guns angle, the third by Potter.

On the second anniversary of Bernard Madoff's exposure as a Ponzi Schemer, ABC's Brian Ross is back on the job: here on the bankruptcy trustees' lawsuit; here on Madoff Junior's suicide. If you once worked for Madoff your resume is irredeemably tainted, CBS' Anthony Mason warns.

Score one for The Chronicle of Higher Education and its cover story The Shadow Scholar. David Muir picked up on the Chronicle's profile of the anonymous ghostwriter who pens theses for cheating students for ABC News' Investigation. The auto-didact Ed Dante, his nom de plume, has not only earned a living for ten years but has given himself an education in the process.

When Linsey Davis covers cruise liner misadventures for ABC, should she not mention that her bosses at Disney are competitors with Carnival Royal Caribbean (my mistake), whose ill-fated Brilliance of the Seas almost foundered off Alexandria? By contrast, the silver-haired passengers on the Clelia II, rocked by a massive wave in the Antarctic Ocean last week, told CBS' Erin Moriarty that the Drake Passage storm added to their fun.

"Dadgunnit," was the best soundbite of the day, from a 73-year-old Texan gymrat in Steve Hartman's human interest series Assignment America on CBS.

ABC's John Berman giggled at the thought of what can be found under Isaiah Mustafa's loincloth but his year-in-review listicle was not actually funny. "I am a thespian, a method actor," Mr Old Spice insisted--which actually was.