November 4, 2013

In reporting the Newtown massacre, the media misidentified the shooter and screwed up all manner of details. In the Boston bombings, several outlets falsely reported an arrest/suspect in custody, and the New York Post managed to cast suspicion on a pair of innocent young men. In the Navy Yard shootings, the media widely misreported the weapon, and some major outlets misidentified the assailant. And in Friday’s shooting at Los Angeles International Airport, the Toronto Globe and Mail, falling for a hoax, reported that former National Security Agency chief Michael Hayden was a victim, and NBC News got this rather consequential matter wrong:

 

 

So does that all amount to a win for the media? NPR’s David Folkenflik, filling in as guest host for CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” discussed that question yesterday with the Erik Wemple Blog.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.