FBI Asks Media To Frighten People With Facts Only
(THE GIST) — Following a number of erroneous reports that a suspect in the Boston Marathon Bombing had been taken into custody, as well as multiple patently false statements about the race and nationality of the suspect made in days prior, the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a statement Wednesday kindly asking the ravenous scoop-mongering press to stick to whipping Americans into a frenzy with factual information only.
CNN, the Associated Press, FoxNews.com, the Boston Globe, and the New York Post are among those who have been forced to backtrack on reports since Monday's tragedy -- all of which appeared to cite anonymous law enforcement sources with the most "clickable" information rather than those with the less sensational truth.
Contrary to widespread reporting, no arrest has been made in connection with the Boston Marathon attack. Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate. Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media, particularly at this early stage of the investigation, to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting.