Shame on CNN and NPR

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona) is expected to survive today's gunman's attack

With today’s shocking shooting of Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at an event outside a Tucson grocery store, it’s clear that some members of the national media would rather jump on a story than make sure they get their facts straight before causing what for many was grief and horror.

After the news of the attach broke, CNN and National Public Radio (NPR) mistakenly reported that the Congresswoman had died from the point-blank shooting. That the shooting was tragic goes without saying. But it is the job of the media – especially such well-respected and highly visible organizations as these – to ensure that what they report has been verified and is indeed true, especially when the story has to do with a gunman and loss of life.

Regardless of whatever pressure a journalist and media personality may encounter to be “first” with any story, there can be no excuse for reporting inaccurate information and particularly when the story is that someone has died. Death strikes deeply within the hearts of loved ones, be they friends, family or colleagues. And no one deserves to be caused the deep pain of loss when there is in fact no truth to the information.

So shame on whoever allowed the inaccurate story to be released and shame on CNN and NPR. Truly we would have expected better of you.

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