and then flipping back to another network like ABC or CNN, who never showed the picture and didn't have to say anything about that picture being of the wrong guy, just had to make a correction about the name.
According to the Washington Post, CNN reported the wrong person for at least 1 hour. I believe ABC did as well.http://www.washingto...m-lanza-mis-id/
And from CNN's own website, 3 WRONG pieces of information in 3 sentences.
[Updated at 3:09 p.m. ET] The suspect's mother was shot and killed at the school, according to source close to the investigation. She was a teacher there.
And we now know that Ryan Lanza, the suspected gunman, was 24.http://news.blogs.cn...mentary-school/
And even ABC:
"In the early confusion surrounding the investigation, federal sources initially identified the suspect as Adam's older brother Ryan Lanza, 24. Identification belonging to Ryan Lanza was found at the shooting scene, federal sources told ABC News."
Pay special attention to the url:http://abcnews.go.com/US/gunman-identified-ryan-lanza
If we waited until Law Enforcement Officials to officially release the name, we would have waited until 5pm today (Sunday) almost 60 hours after the event in which they knew the gunman was dead prior to 10AM Friday.
Imagine that. Personally, I have a problem with that. If Law Enforcement had been forthcoming with info, there would have been no reason for the bad info (Law Enforcement Communications stated the shooter was dead and the situation was under control - though more emergency vehicles for victims was needed at 9:50AM).
Just imagine if the 4th Estate did not report on Watergate, Iraq or Bengazi - but come to think of it, most have not followed up on Bengazi the way they should have.
Of course, they did not follow up to Watergate before the 1972 election either.
Personally, waiting for the "official" word is not what the founders of this Country imagined when they put Freedom of the Press as the #1 priority. EDIT:
Checking sources, CNN IDed the shooter as Ryan Lanza at 2:15 PM, FNC followed suit at 2:21 and MSNBC at 2:25. So not only were you wrong about CNN NOT making a mistake, they were the FIRST of the Cable News Channels to report it incorrectly.
Edited by SomeRandomIdiot, 16 December 2012 - 08:34 PM.