Marathon Reporting Shows Differences in Media Accuracy: NBC beats CNN


Media reporting on the Boston Marathon case is something of a battle over accuracy, with NBC beating CNN, Politico reports. While CNN was self-destructing after falsely reporting that a suspect has been taken into custody, NBC’s Pete Williams rightly reported otherwise. He reported what was known, while resisting the temptation to speculate on what he did not.

Today, Williams was among the first to report on the ongoing developments of the search for the suspects — including that one of the suspects was dead and that both suspects were legal residents with foreign military training. CNN has been heavily criticized by the news media, on social media and, most memorably, by Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” NBC and MSNBC have resources like Williams, Michael Isikoff, Richard Esposito, and Jonathan Dients, just to name a few. Says Politico: “CNN may have more boots on the ground, but in the chaotic 21st century media environment, viewers want quality not quantity.”

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