Many News Organizations Erroneously Reported Navy Yard Shooter Had AR-15


Many news organizations this week incorrectly reported that Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis was wielding an AR-15, says Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple. Example: CNN’s John Berman said yesterday, “We know that he had an AR-15, a semi-automatic rifle. He also had a different rifle and a Glock, that is a handgun with him. It's believed that the AR-15 was the main murder weapon used from the atrium above. That is also the weapon you'll remember used by Adam Lanza in the Newtown massacre and James Holmes in Aurora. That's the Colorado movie theater massacre.”

The Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times were among the many reporting the use of an AR-15. Wemple says the AR-15 was a “central talking point” in the Monday night program of CNN’s Piers Morgan, who said the Navy Yard “was still infiltrated by a man with a legally purchased AR-15, who just committed the same kind of atrocity as we saw at Sandy Hook, and Aurora.” Says Wemple: “Perhaps Morgan should have waited a day or so to hop into the gun-control debate.”

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