How the Media Got Newtown Wrong

Initial media reports of Newtown shooting littered with misinformation, falsehoods
News briefing in Newtown, Conn. / AP

Myths and misinformation littered news reports as the media updated rapt audiences on the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut this Friday, highlighting the dangers and ethical problems inherent in covering an unfolding tragedy with an eye for being first rather than being correct.

Horror in Newtown

Parents leave a staging area after being reunited with their children following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (AP)

At least 27 people, including 20 children, were killed at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school in a Friday morning shooting, authorities say. One known shooter, 20, is dead. Police are investigating whether there was a second shooter.