HOT BLAST: Confused by the messenger
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Officials in tactical gear stand guard behind a Boston Police Department barricade near the site of the Boston Marathon explosions on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Officials in tactical gear stand guard behind a Boston Police Department barricade near the site of the Boston Marathon explosions on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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As bad days for journalists go, yesterday was right up there in the awful category.

An arrest in the Boston Marathon bombings was made, said CNN.

Oops, no an arrest has not been made, according to authorities.

Poynter sums it up by noting: Confusion reigns in reporting of Boston ‘arrest’

Here's a chart of the confusion; a video is below.

Mother Jones calls it "a perpetual lesson of past tragedies: Don't trust what you hear or read early on." It lists "eight instances of early information from past attacks that turned out to be wrong."



-- Bob Davis

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