” Oops. TV networks and other media are red-faced after a tough day in the Boston bombing investigation.
Viewers unloaded on CNN after the cable network mistakenly reported Wednesday that a suspect was in custody. But the FBI and Boston police later said such reports were wrong. Online and on TV, CNN attempted to walk back its earlier reporting.
“CNN has now thrown it to a panel to discuss how the President should fix CNN,” Deadspin columnist Drew Magary sarcastically tweeted.
“CNN: the Twitter of cable news media,” tweeted @travisgster. “Only without the finely honed accuracy. #cnnfail#runcartoonsinstead.”
“Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate,” the FBI wrote in a midday statement. “Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media, particularly at this early stage of the investigation, to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting.”
But in the fray of a highly competitive story, that’s like begging the paparazzi to respect a celebrity’s privacy.”