Juggling the State of the Union and the stand-off in Big Bear

Barack Obama; the scene in Big Bear. ()
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Yesterday was new CNN chief Jeff Zucker's big debut, really. One event he could plan for was the State of the Union address; the other, which he couldn't have planned for, was the dramatic standoff between the Los Angeles Police Department and Christopher Dorner, the disgruntled ex-officer who went on a rampage that touched off the biggest manhunt in the history of the force, in Big Bear, Calif.

Politico's Dylan Byers assessed Zucker's performance:

Nothing signified CNN's changes under Zucker more than its new faces: Chris Cuomo, who anchored the network's State of the Union analysis, and Jake Tapper, who provided live coverage from the Capitol building. Cuomo and Tapper, who each joined CNN from ABC News, added both freshness and gravity to the network's traditional tone.

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CNN also showcased the breadth of the CNN empire, sending Anderson Cooper to sister-channel HLN for continuing coverage of the police stand-off in Big Bear, Calif., during Obama's address, as well as tapping CNN enEspanol's Juan Carlos Lopez to analyze Sen. Marco Rubio's Republican response. Finally, the network showcased new graphics, including a new chyron design.

That the two events were unfolding simultaneously presented a problem for lots of media organizations. The result was mostly less chatter leading into the President's speech.

"The impending speech was overshadowed by news coverage of a standoff between the authorities and Christopher J. Dorner, an ex-police officer in Los Angeles who was holed up in a cabin in California," writes The New York Times' Brian Stelter. "It was something unusual on television in the hours leading up to the speech: relatively little discussion about what he might say and how he might say it."

The Dorner drama seemed the evening's other most heavily-tweeted event, the climax being when media watchers began criticizing various mainstream news outlets after the LAPD refuted reports that police had recovered a body presumed to be that of the fugitive former cop's.

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Quote of the day...

No matter who you are there are going to be at least three people in your life, one of whom you consider a friend, who will be willing to talk shit about you anonymously to a reporter who is desperate for shit to be talked because otherwise who wants to read the article in the first place? Think about how you are with your own friends, when there are no journalists around (or even if, God help you, your friends are journalists, and they just happen to be off-duty); think about how you let your basic (and, to be sure, completely natural) envy and displeasure color the conversation about whatever unlucky sap happens to be somewhere else that night. ... DO NOT DO INTERVIEWS. You just can't win.

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Here's MSNBC's Chris Matthews on how Chris Dorner was able to "establish relationships with people through the media":