Networks lead with ‘split screen’ shootings — again
All three “big” network newscasts were on the ground in El Paso, Texas, for the evening newscasts Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, even as another shooting investigation was unfolding thousands of miles away in Dayton, Ohio.
Each newscast set up in front of a makeshift memorial of white wood crosses near the shopping center where the El Paso shooting took place.
“CBS Evening News” switched out its new theme music for a softer, more somber version.
Anchor Norah O’Donnell devoted all of the teases to the two shootings with the exception of an on-screen mention of the stock market at the end.
“NBC Nightly News” started with anchor Lester Holt walking along the memorial shot with a handheld camera while mentioning the “split screen” of the two shootings. The broadcast used the “Mass shootings in America: 24 hours of tragedy” banner.
On Monday, the broadcast eliminated the somewhat odd use of the Rockefeller Center animation it included Sunday.