CNN: Here’s an Idea — Wait For Confirmation Before You Report Something as Fact

February 29, 2012 at 11:28 AM Leave a comment

I got up at 3:15 a.m. this morning because we’re in the midst of another windstorm and when I woke up I couldn’t go back to sleep.  That said I grabbed some OJ and clicked around the teevee for a few hours while on standby to grab the dogs off the couch in case the front window blew in.  (These “high wind events” in Boulder are the only thing I don’t like about living here.)

Morning Joe was stuck on the Michigan/Arizona primaries vis-a-vis Romney’s and Santorum’s performance and CNN (Soledad O’Brien) was stuck on BREAKING NEWS about a “top al Qaeda militant” being arrested in Cairo and how great it was that we took him alive because he would probably be a treasure trove of information.  They reported the story over and over and over again but oops, I guess they forgot to wait until the man’s identity was confirmed:

Man arrested at Cairo airport ‘not al-Qaeda commander’

Doubts have emerged over the identity of a man arrested at Cairo airport on Tuesday, suspected of being a top al-Qaeda militant.



Entry filed under: CNN / TimeWarner.

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