PBS "Newshour" reporters said this morning that some of the early and erroneous media reports on the Arizona shootings illustrate the need for news that is more concerned with the truth than with "being first."
"To be first and be wrong is bad," said Ray Suarez, "Newshour" senior correspondent. He was referring to inaccurate reports on several 24-hour cable news stations that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the target of the shootings, had died.
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This weekend I came across an error in a caption under a photo which could have been so easily corrected with a bit more proofreading.
Would you rather be known as being the first to publish or as being a trustworthy news source?
Wishing Rep. Gabrielle Giffords a speedy recovery.