(Image source: New York Post)

 

 

BY ELIZABETH HAGEDORN 

 

 

In the hours following the Boston Marathon bombings, initial reports out of the New York Post included some pretty hefty claims that ended up being flat out wrong. Now, the media is questioning was the Post’s fact checker off duty?

 

The paper originally put the death toll at 12 — with every other news outlet reporting 2, possibly 3 dead. The Post then reported a Saudi national had been taken into custody. A spokesperson for the Boston Police Department told reporters later in the day no suspects had been identified.

 

And to everyone’s surprise, the Post was still standing by it’s story nearly 24 hours later.

 

This had columnist Michael Wolff tweeting, quote: “...terrifically weird how adamant the NY Post was about sticking to 12 dead figure and suspect in custody.”

 

And Deadspin’s Managing Editor chimed in:

“Well, if the New York Post keeps sticking to its ‘12 dead’ claim long enough, it will eventually stop being false, when they die of old age.”

 

But the folks at Vanity Fair say, cut the Post some slack. It didn’t get everything wrong. Consider, for a moment, what it got right.

 

It correctly reported the location of the Boston Marathon — the location being Boston. Also, it spelled Boston correctly, and it deduced the participants in the marathon were in fact “runners.”

 

The Washington Post also was willing to give The New York Post the benefit of the doubt, assuming, quote:

“It has a stupendous law-enforcement source, one that knows far more than the FBI, the Massachusetts governor, the Boston mayor and everyone else who has gone on record about the tragic events of yesterday afternoon.”

 

And satirical news outlet, The Onion, also congratulated the Post for all it’s scoops. In its account written from the point of view of the Post’s editor, The Onion writes,

“All I cared about in the moment was giving our readers a vague, erroneous conception of what was happening on the ground while also beating our competitors to the punch with a more sensationalistic story featuring a drastically higher body count.”  

 

A writer at the progressive blog, The Daily Kos, say’s the Post’s reporting confirms but one thing:

The New York Post has expanded its lead in the race to be known as the least credible major daily newspaper in America.”

 

For the record, the New York Post wasn’t the only news outlet to release inaccurate information about the bombings. The New York Times initially reported there were 10-12 fatalities and the Wall Street Journal claimed authorities found five additional explosive devices.

New York Post's Boston Marathon Bombing Coverage: Epic Fail

by Elizabeth Hagedorn
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Apr 16, 2013

New York Post's Boston Marathon Bombing Coverage: Epic Fail

(Image source: New York Post)

 

 

BY ELIZABETH HAGEDORN 

 

 

In the hours following the Boston Marathon bombings, initial reports out of the New York Post included some pretty hefty claims that ended up being flat out wrong. Now, the media is questioning was the Post’s fact checker off duty?

 

The paper originally put the death toll at 12 — with every other news outlet reporting 2, possibly 3 dead. The Post then reported a Saudi national had been taken into custody. A spokesperson for the Boston Police Department told reporters later in the day no suspects had been identified.

 

And to everyone’s surprise, the Post was still standing by it’s story nearly 24 hours later.

 

This had columnist Michael Wolff tweeting, quote: “...terrifically weird how adamant the NY Post was about sticking to 12 dead figure and suspect in custody.”

 

And Deadspin’s Managing Editor chimed in:

“Well, if the New York Post keeps sticking to its ‘12 dead’ claim long enough, it will eventually stop being false, when they die of old age.”

 

But the folks at Vanity Fair say, cut the Post some slack. It didn’t get everything wrong. Consider, for a moment, what it got right.

 

It correctly reported the location of the Boston Marathon — the location being Boston. Also, it spelled Boston correctly, and it deduced the participants in the marathon were in fact “runners.”

 

The Washington Post also was willing to give The New York Post the benefit of the doubt, assuming, quote:

“It has a stupendous law-enforcement source, one that knows far more than the FBI, the Massachusetts governor, the Boston mayor and everyone else who has gone on record about the tragic events of yesterday afternoon.”

 

And satirical news outlet, The Onion, also congratulated the Post for all it’s scoops. In its account written from the point of view of the Post’s editor, The Onion writes,

“All I cared about in the moment was giving our readers a vague, erroneous conception of what was happening on the ground while also beating our competitors to the punch with a more sensationalistic story featuring a drastically higher body count.”  

 

A writer at the progressive blog, The Daily Kos, say’s the Post’s reporting confirms but one thing:

The New York Post has expanded its lead in the race to be known as the least credible major daily newspaper in America.”

 

For the record, the New York Post wasn’t the only news outlet to release inaccurate information about the bombings. The New York Times initially reported there were 10-12 fatalities and the Wall Street Journal claimed authorities found five additional explosive devices.

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