Early News Media Reports Misidentify Brother As Connecticut Elementary School Shooter
Another black eye for TV newscasters whose rush to get the news out fast, especially on big breaking stories, sometimes leads to erroneous reports. Today several major news outlets initially misidentified the older brother as the gunman who killed 20 children and 7 adults – and had to retract their reports. Various media plucked a photo and profile of Ryan Lanza from his Facebook page that were widely circulated before authorities pointed out the error. The New York Post and Fox News were first to report that Adam Lanza and not his brother was the gunman. Corrections from CNN, ABC, CBS, Associated Press, The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and others quickly followed. According to later reports, the confusion apparently resulted from a law enforcement official inadvertently transposing the brothers’ first names. One TV broadcast report claimed that Adam Lanza, 20, was wearing ID belonging to his brother Ryan Lanza, 24, who was questioned by police and not involved in the shootings. Five months ago, ABC News mistakenly linked the Colorado movie theater shooter to the Tea Party.