NBC and CBS, two of the largest news organizations in the country, were both forced to retract initial reports about the name of the Navy Yard shooter who went on a killing rampage in Washington, D.C., on Monday.
Both networks falsely identified the wrong man as the suspected shooter:
It was soon clear that the reports were false and came from sources who found an ID card that apparently looked like the suspected gunman. The retractions quickly followed:
The news networks have been highly criticized on social media by those who believe it’s always better to be right rather than first when reporting on a breaking news story.
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