False news reports left trusted media outlets looking inaccurate and…
False news reports left trusted media outlets looking inaccurate and unreliable.
What led to this?
Multiple news companies where claiming to have an official source.
A sense of competition between the news companies who all wanted to have the stories first.
A sense of public urgency to make statements first and ask questions later.
"How false reports of Boston bombing arrest left media scrambling"
The Associated Press | April 17, 2013
What is my reaction to the issues that surfaced due to this?
It worries me that trusted media cared more about a story than the facts.
This could have led to public panic and targeting of certain individuals.
The constant worry the police department had to deal with regarding the media may have taken away effort that would have gone into capturing the man.
What could a devil's advocate say to defend this?
Getting information out can help keep the public calm.
The media's job is to report the information they currently have and they can make corrections later.
The Police Department is to blame for not helping make press statements, leaving the press to draw their own conclusions.
What's my opinion of the issue?
As a journalist, presenting false news that has no credible source is the worst thing a journalist could do.
By not waiting, they ended up putting more work into taking things back
My opinions come from being in journalism and knowing how important it is to tell the truth and to remain silent if you don't have the facts from a credible source.
What balance could they have used to avoid this problem?
Presenting what they knew for a fact is the biggest thing they could have done.
No news is good news, despite the deadlines, presenting the fact that no one knows whats happening make it a lot easier to present the facts once they do actually come out.
By presenting false facts, they left viewers worrying about what to trust regarding the topic.