(Image source: Poynter)


BY JOE CHIODO
ANCHOR CHRISTIAN BRYANT


A media frenzy following the release of the name of the suspected killer in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Mass Killings has resulted in some big mistakes...and even bigger criticism. Here’s a look at some of the media outlets reporting the news...

“We have just read his Facebook page and matched the picture. He’s 24.  He lives in New Jersey.
He's from Newtown, Connecticut.” (Video via Fox News)

“One of the things we're finding out now that we do have the shooter's name, Ryan Lanza. He had a Facebook page." (Video via HLN)

“On Facebook we understand that Ryan Lanza is calling himself a hoboken resident. All we know is this was tied to him.” (Video via WABC)

Not only was that the wrong guy, it was also the wrong picture of the wrong guy. Facebook users shared the inaccurate picture thousands of times and media outlets quickly jumped to publicize it. According to Business Insider the...

“...picture and information about him was featured on Fox, CBS, and many other outlets.”

Authorities first announced the name of the killer as Ryan Lanza. but later revoked that announcement and reported his younger brother, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, was the suspected shooter. The Week explains how the misidentification caused a mess in the media.

CNN reported that the name of the alleged shooter is Ryan Lanza.  Inevitably, people flocked to Facebook to find out more about Ryan Lanza. A profile belonging to a man with the same name — from Hoboken, New Jersey (and originally from Newtown, Connecticut) — quickly emerged.”

But the owner of that Facebook page repeatedly and angrily insisted he was not the killer.  

Mediaite shares some of his frustrated updates including...
“IT WASN’T ME I WAS AT WORK IT WASN’T ME”

Several media outlets addressed the mistake, with CBS News blaming conflicting reports for the confusion.

“....we had reported the gunman was ryan lanza, now we are hearing that reversed, that the dead gunman may be adam, and that it may be ryan who is in custody.”

And another media outlet — Gawker — offers this explanation for its decision to publish Ryan Lanza’s picture.

“We also originally shared the photo, under the headline, ‘Is This Ryan Lanza, the Connecticut School Shooter?’; we didn't positively identify the profile as the shooter but did link to sources that did, and took it down to rewrite as soon as we saw evidence that it wasn't.”

On Twitter, many people criticized the media, for being too quick to report rumors.

“To the media who posted the Facebook page of the wrong Ryan Lanza, this should be a lesson to you. But I know you'll do it again next time.”

“I don't know if everyone is aware of this, but Facebook is not an FBI database.”

“It blows my mind how fast we can lynch mob in the digital age (Ryan Lanza "burn in hell" Facebook page already launched).”

One radio reporter for WOBM notes, the race to be first, in this case, turned out for the worst.

“…  all I’d say about this particular angle is – slow down, don’t post things that haven’t been confirmed, and let the story develop. Many, many lives have been tragically ruined today, let’s not ruin the reputation of someone who may not have even been involved.”

Media Rush to Identify Shooter, Get it Wrong

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Dec 14, 2012

Media Rush to Identify Shooter, Get it Wrong

(Image source: Poynter)


BY JOE CHIODO
ANCHOR CHRISTIAN BRYANT


A media frenzy following the release of the name of the suspected killer in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Mass Killings has resulted in some big mistakes...and even bigger criticism. Here’s a look at some of the media outlets reporting the news...

“We have just read his Facebook page and matched the picture. He’s 24.  He lives in New Jersey.
He's from Newtown, Connecticut.” (Video via Fox News)

“One of the things we're finding out now that we do have the shooter's name, Ryan Lanza. He had a Facebook page." (Video via HLN)

“On Facebook we understand that Ryan Lanza is calling himself a hoboken resident. All we know is this was tied to him.” (Video via WABC)

Not only was that the wrong guy, it was also the wrong picture of the wrong guy. Facebook users shared the inaccurate picture thousands of times and media outlets quickly jumped to publicize it. According to Business Insider the...

“...picture and information about him was featured on Fox, CBS, and many other outlets.”

Authorities first announced the name of the killer as Ryan Lanza. but later revoked that announcement and reported his younger brother, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, was the suspected shooter. The Week explains how the misidentification caused a mess in the media.

CNN reported that the name of the alleged shooter is Ryan Lanza.  Inevitably, people flocked to Facebook to find out more about Ryan Lanza. A profile belonging to a man with the same name — from Hoboken, New Jersey (and originally from Newtown, Connecticut) — quickly emerged.”

But the owner of that Facebook page repeatedly and angrily insisted he was not the killer.  

Mediaite shares some of his frustrated updates including...
“IT WASN’T ME I WAS AT WORK IT WASN’T ME”

Several media outlets addressed the mistake, with CBS News blaming conflicting reports for the confusion.

“....we had reported the gunman was ryan lanza, now we are hearing that reversed, that the dead gunman may be adam, and that it may be ryan who is in custody.”

And another media outlet — Gawker — offers this explanation for its decision to publish Ryan Lanza’s picture.

“We also originally shared the photo, under the headline, ‘Is This Ryan Lanza, the Connecticut School Shooter?’; we didn't positively identify the profile as the shooter but did link to sources that did, and took it down to rewrite as soon as we saw evidence that it wasn't.”

On Twitter, many people criticized the media, for being too quick to report rumors.

“To the media who posted the Facebook page of the wrong Ryan Lanza, this should be a lesson to you. But I know you'll do it again next time.”

“I don't know if everyone is aware of this, but Facebook is not an FBI database.”

“It blows my mind how fast we can lynch mob in the digital age (Ryan Lanza "burn in hell" Facebook page already launched).”

One radio reporter for WOBM notes, the race to be first, in this case, turned out for the worst.

“…  all I’d say about this particular angle is – slow down, don’t post things that haven’t been confirmed, and let the story develop. Many, many lives have been tragically ruined today, let’s not ruin the reputation of someone who may not have even been involved.”

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