The media should be ashamed of its Connecticut coverage

Posted by on Dec 17, 2012 at 10:38 am

It’s time to have a national conversation… about the media.

But first, let’s recount how they’ve blown the coverage of the tragic school shootings in Connecticut:

The media originally reported the wrong name of the alleged shooter. (The suspected killer was Ryan Lanza, they breathlessly reported. Turns out it was actually Ryan’s brother, Adam.) Then, some in the media advertised Ryan’s Facebook and Twitter pages. (This, of course, brings to mind Brian Ross’ irresponsible and premature on-air suggestion over the summer that the Aurora shooter was a Tea Party member.)

As if those cases of egregiously mistaken identity weren’t enough, producers and reporters began trolling Twitter, seeking to proposition friends and relatives of the victims for an interview.

Meanwhile, others staked out the young survivors, and then proceeded to conduct on-air interviews with these young children. This was unseemly and superfluous. As TIME‘s James Poniewozik wrote, “There is no good journalistic reason to put a child at a mass-murder scene on live TV, permission of the parents or not.”

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One Response to “The media should be ashamed of its Connecticut coverage”

  1. das Radio on 18/18/12 at 2:48 pm

    The local megawatt AM station started covering Newtown massacre at noon on Friday and did not stop for 24 hours. Nothing but news feeds and local schleps talking about for 24 hours. The yellow lamestream media are nothing more than bootlicking lackeys of the comrade chairman Hussein regime and anyone who isn’t a 47% low information sugar daddy gov dependent knows it.