CNN bumps politics to cover missing plane

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CNN bumped its normal political coverage on Sunday morning to cover the missing AirAsia flight.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamSenators to Obama: Make 'timely' call on Afghan troops levels Senate amendments could sink email privacy compromise Trump: Romney 'walks like a penguin' MORE (R-S.C.) were both scheduled to appear on the channel’s flagship Sunday political talk show, “State of the Union,” but their interviews did not air to make room for coverage of the plane.

A CNN spokeswoman said that both interviews will be posted online.

Sen. Robert MenendezRobert MenendezDems pressure Obama on vow to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees Lobbying World This week: GOP lawmakers reckon with Trump MORE (D-N.J.) was also scheduled to appear, according to a lineup released before the show aired. It was not clear whether his interview would be posted online as well.

Other networks included the missing plane in their Sunday lineups, but didn't change their scheduled political programming. Both NBC's Meet the Press and CBS's Face the Nation led with the plane story, but then had guests on to speak about conflicts between the NYPD and New York's mayor. CBS also featured Ron Klain, who has led the White House's efforts to respond to the Ebola virus.
CNN drew criticism — but strong ratings — when it tracked a missing Malaysian Airlines flight earlier this year.

Even President Obama dinged the network for its coverage.

“I am happy to be here,” he said at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in May,” even though I am a little jet-lagged from my trip to Malaysia. The lengths we have to go to to get CNN coverage these days.”

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