These may be the dog days of August--traditionally a slow point in the news cycle--but three very big, very different news stories in three very different parts of the world this week have interrupted some media vacations and put others on hold.
• In the United States, last week's 500-point stock market crash and historic S&P credit downgrade was followed on Monday by a 634-point drop on Wall Street--the biggest slide for the Dow since the 2008 crash. As they did last week, ABC, NBC and CBS broke into their afternoon programming to air special reports on the stock slide after the markets closed. (Earlier in the day, all of the major broadcast and cable news networks carried President Barack Obama's remarks on the downgrade live from the White House.)
The cable and business networks scrambled to cover the story, as most have been for the last several days, live and in-depth.
• In Somalia, deadly famine continued, as American media outlets, which had largely ignored the crisis, began to arrive. Anderson Cooper anchored his first 8:00 p.m. broadcast for CNN from Dadaab, Kenya, near the border of Somalia on Monday. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, traveled with Cooper. (According to TVNewser, Gupta, who was scheduled to compete in the New York City triathlon on Sunday, pulled out of the event in order to travel to Africa.) CBS News' Scott Pelley, a.k.a Katie Couric's replacement, anchored the "CBS Evening News" from Eastern Africa on Monday.Read More »from Wall Street meltdown, Somalia famine, London riots: How the media covered them