Herald Revising History Again (Bombing Coverage Coverup II)

The Boston Herald continues to criticize news organizations that erroneously reported an arrest  two days after the Marathon bombings – without noting that the feisty local tabloid itself did exactly the same thing.

Exhibit A: The Herald’s Press Party webbcast on Friday, which the hardworking staff at Campaign Outsider previously chronicled.

Exhibit B : Today’s op-ed by retired Heraldnik Guy Darst.

Always a new(s) way to blunder

Let’s not be too hard on the unfortunate John King and CNN for erroneously reporting in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing that a suspect had been arrested. The pressures of a 24/7 news cycle are nothing new to a special class of journalists who have worked under them for more than a century, reporters for the wire services. Some of their blunders are legendary — and instructive.

The leading wire service, the Associated Press, also reported an arrest just as King did.

 

Just as numerous news outlets – including the Herald – did. Handy referesher chart from the excellent Chart Girl:

ARREST_900

 

The Herald should grow up and take its lumps for inaccurate reporting, instead of compounding it with even more.

 

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5 Responses to Herald Revising History Again (Bombing Coverage Coverup II)

  1. Dan Kennedy says:

    And it was Howie Carr’s byline that sat atop the Herald’s inaccurate report.

  2. […] Read the rest at It’s Good to Live in a Two-Daily Town. […]

  3. Michael Pahre says:

    This is supposed to be about the two papers in town. Today’s (Sunday) Globe mentioned their own erroneous reporting in the middle of their nine-page chronology of the events. That’s taking appropriate responsibility for a mistake.

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