Media, Take Note: ‘The Race To Be First Often Results In The Race To Be Wrong’

BOSTON — The Boston Marathon all by itself is a media event widely covered by news media internationally, but the bombings on Monday and the day-long search for the suspects drew even more reporters, producers and news personnel to the city.

Not all of the nearly non-stop news coverage this past week was perfect — in fact, some of it has been receiving pointed criticism.

For an analysis of the media coverage of the marathon bombings and the manhunt, WBUR’s Bob Oakes and Deborah Becker spoke with David Folkenflik, NPR’s media correspondent.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/barry.kort Barry Kort

    “I think you have to have a degree of confidence in the nature of the material and in the sourcing itself being close enough to the origins of the information that you feel as though this hasn’t been just some sort of an elaborate game of ‘Telephone’ being played through the federal law enforcement bureaucracy.” ~David Folkenflik at 7:08 into the audio segment.

    In view of what David Folkenflik says in the above excerpt, I wonder what to make of Governor Deval Patrick on Meet the Press describing to David Gregory the contents of an FBI surveillance video which the Governor says he has not actually seen with his own eyes.

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