Erik Wemple: Newtown


Posted at 05:52 PM ET, 03/10/2014

Should the New Yorker have profiled Peter Lanza?

This particular piece comes the closest to marrying narrative journalism with service journalism.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:52 PM ET, 03/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  adam lanza, New Yorker, Newtown, peter lanza, USA Today

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 12/23/2013

MSNBC all day long: Lefty volunteerism, reporting, fluff

What drives the day at MSNBC?

By Erik Wemple  |  08:42 AM ET, 12/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alex Wagner, Andrea Mitchell, Chuck Todd, Fox News, iran, MSNBC, Newtown, Pew research center, S.E. Cupp

Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 12/10/2013

Associated Press: ‘We will be in Newtown on the anniversary’

Outlet has been there from the beginning. That’s not going to change.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:24 PM ET, 12/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ABC News, Associated Press, CNN, NBC News, Newtown, USA Today

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Media should beware the internal police bulletin

From Newtown to the Navy Yard, reporters continue to get tripped up by treating inside information as gospel.

By Erik Wemple  |  04:09 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Boston marathon bombings, Boston marathon explosions, navy yard shooting, newtown shooting

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 03/20/2013

Daily News: 'Shame on U.S.'

An editorial voice screams from the front page of the New York tabloid.

By Erik Wemple  |  09:55 AM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Assault weapons, New York Daily News, Newtown

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Michael Moore predicts release of Newtown crime-scene photos

Michael Moore says that someone will leak the Newtown crime-scene photos and that some media outlet that publishes them will face a boycott. Correct on that last part, at least.

By Erik Wemple  |  02:01 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Michael Moore, Newtown, NRA

Posted at 09:09 AM ET, 02/04/2013

Milbank affirms 'heckling' at Newtown meeting

Panel appears to agree that whether or not Neil Heslin was heckled last week is a judgment call. Yes, an easy one.

By Erik Wemple  |  09:09 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CNN, Newtown, Reliable Sources

Posted at 08:16 AM ET, 01/31/2013

Hannity compares 'heckling' case to Zimmerman tape edits

Following MSNBC's treatment of the Neil Heslin non-heckling incident, critics of NBC News and MSNBC are connecting some dots.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:16 AM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  MSNBC, NBC News, Newtown

Posted at 09:01 PM ET, 01/30/2013

MSNBC, Huffington Post respond to 'heckling' issue

Once news orgs dig in on a judgment, they show their creativity in dancing around corrections.

By Erik Wemple  |  09:01 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  huffington post, MSNBC, Newtown

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Here's why Newtown victim's father was NOT heckled

Piers Morgan savaged the gun-rights proponents at a recent meeting in Hartford. And for what?

By Erik Wemple  |  12:23 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CNN, Neil Heslin, Newtown, Piers Morgan

Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 01/29/2013

Was Newtown father really heckled?

Some media are saying that a Newtown father who testified in a Hartford hearing was heckled by gun-rights advocates. That appears to be a stretch.

By Erik Wemple  |  06:03 PM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Newtown

Posted at 06:16 PM ET, 12/21/2012

NRA chief has good company in dissing questions

Wayne LaPierre follows in a grand tradition by declining to answer questions at a "major news conference."

By Erik Wemple  |  06:16 PM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, gun rights, National Rifle Association, Newtown, NRA

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 12/21/2012

NRA boss bashes media's failure to cover 'Kindergarten Killer'

Wayne LaPierre wonders why the media failed to highlight the video game "Kindergarten Killer."

By Erik Wemple  |  01:14 PM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, National Rifle Association, Newtown, Wayne LaPierre

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 12/21/2012

NRA boss blames media

Wayne LaPierre criticizes media in news conference in the wake of the Newtown shootings.

By Erik Wemple  |  11:43 AM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  adam lanza, gun control, National Rifle Association, newtown shooting, Wayne LaPierre

Posted at 12:53 PM ET, 12/19/2012

Newtown: Why is gun advocate John Lott doing his best work on CNN?

A Fox News web contributor makes a big splash on CNN. Not on FoxNews.com, however.

By Erik Wemple  |  12:53 PM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CNN, Fox News, John Lott, Newtown

Posted at 05:58 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Newtown: Here we go again with the copycat talk

It was only a matter of time before people start talking about the media's obsessive coverage of mass murders.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:58 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Newtown

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 12/18/2012

Newtown: NRA will soon end silence, Fox News reports

Fox News is reporting that the National Rifle Association may start pushing back in the post-Newtown debate on gun control. Does that mean they're return the media's many inquiries?

By Erik Wemple  |  03:48 PM ET, 12/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Columbine, gun control, Newtown, Tom Mauser

Posted at 05:54 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Newtown: The people want coverage

Public interest in Newtown is high: People want answers.

By Erik Wemple  |  05:54 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Newtown

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 12/17/2012

Newtown: NBC News's Pete Williams explains Ryan-Adam mixup

Pete Williams of NBC News says that his report on Ryan Lanza rested on multiple sources. It turned out to be wrong anyway.

By Erik Wemple  |  03:15 PM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NBC News, Newtown, Pete Williams

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 12/17/2012

Connecticut shootings: Not a media story

One pundit argues that the Newtown tragedy is a story about media wrongdoing and corruption. It isn't.

By Erik Wemple  |  08:32 AM ET, 12/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Daily Caller, gun control, Newtown

Posted at 08:20 PM ET, 12/15/2012

CNN addresses Ryan-Adam Lanza mis-ID

CNN wonders why everyone is blaming it for misidentifying the shooter in the Newtown massacre. Well, because it's CNN!

By Erik Wemple  |  08:20 PM ET, 12/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  BuzzFeed, CNN, Fox News, huffington post, Newtown