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NBC, CBS Issue Retractions After Making the Same Big Mistake in Reporting on Navy Yard Shooting

"We are RETRACTING our reports..."

Police conduct an investigation into a shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC, September 16, 2013. A shooting rampage Monday at a US naval base in the heart of Washington claimed at least 13 lives, including the unidentified gunman, while another possible suspect was still at large, police said. The shooting sparked a massive show of force as police and federal agents surrounded the Navy Yard, cordoning off streets only blocks from the US Capitol, home of Congress. US officials gave no indication of any link to terrorism while police said the motive for the attack on the naval installation was unknown.'At this hour, it appears that we have at least 12 fatalities,' Washington DC police chief Cathy Lanier told a press conference. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

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:

Screengrab via Mediaite


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:

Screengrab via Mediaite

Screengrab via Mediaite

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.


Featured image via AFP/Getty

(H/T: Mediaite)


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