Kyle Clark, a news anchor at Denver NBC affiliate KUSA-TV, publicly called out CNN on Twitter Thursday night after the news network speculated that unexplained shootings could be the work of a “serial killer” in Colorado.
The initial tweet has since been deleted and the network has issued a correction.
The only people linking John Jacoby's death to the I-25 windows at this point are speculating reporters. https://t.co/F1ga3mgHKC— Kyle Clark (@KyleClark) May 22, 2015
If, God forbid, we ever have to warn Colorado about an actual serial killer, we'll need every ounce of credibility the media can retain.— Kyle Clark (@KyleClark) May 22, 2015
Sensationalism is unnecessary and counterproductive. Viewers see right through it. https://t.co/WeO5vgJBzI— Kyle Clark (@KyleClark) May 22, 2015
CNN’s Ana Cabrera eventually took notice as well and alerted her employer of the “mistake.”
@CNNTonight hey guys... Your tweet about my story has a mistake!— Ana Cabrera (@AnaCabrera) May 22, 2015
The fatal shooting of a bicyclist in Windsor, Colorado, and non-fatal shooting of another woman has led to speculation of a sniper on the loose. Police said there is no information available that connects the shootings. Prior to the shootings, multiple people reported their windows being “mysteriously shatter” while driving in Northern Colorado.
The news network deleted the initial tweet and issued a correction:
CORRECTION: Our tweet from last night should have referred to the mysterious CO shootings as a potential serial sniper.— CNN Tonight (@CNNTonight) May 22, 2015
But Clark had a few more points to make about journalism — and his potential chances at ever getting hired by CNN.
What have we learned? 1) Facts matter 2) Many of you care deeply about responsible journalism 3) I'm never going to get hired at @CNN— Kyle Clark (@KyleClark) May 22, 2015