The American News Media Out of Control - Boston Bombings
Guests: Roy Peter Clark - Journalism Expert Poynter Institute Joe Navarro - Retired FBI Counter Terrorism Agent/Supervisor
The American News Media Out of Control. Repeatedly stumbling in the wake of the Boston Bomb Blastsâ¦
Tonight, 48 hours later, the cable networks continue theyâre sensational around the clock coverage â
By midafternoon today the media was soo confused and desperate for NEWSâ¦it collectively wandered from reports a young man could be seen on surveillance leaving a bag at the scene of the second explosionâ¦to what the anchors and reporters sold as double and triple confirmed that A SUSPECT IS IN CUSTODYâ¦THAT HEâS BEING BROUGHT RIGHT NOW TO THE FEDERAL COURTHOUSE-!!!!!!
None of which was trueâ¦
And as they worked themselves into a feeding frenzy through the afternoon, one by one news organizations, including the Associated Press, confirmed an arrestâ¦CNN and FOX were running huge banners declaring âsuspect in custodyâ.
The LONE VOICE through it all was MSNBCâ¦NBCâs news channelâ¦where a lot of grey hairâ¦and veteran reports doubted and questioned the suspect claims saying it just wasnât true.
Just like the arab man tackled as suspicious running away from the first bombâ¦. described variously as a suspect or a person of interestâ¦ we were told he was being detained at the hospitalâ¦some reported he was badly burnedâ¦others said he had leg injuriesâ¦the druge report drugged that one upâ¦quickly grabbed by the new york postâ¦and injected, world wide into the fox news machine. The man allowed his house to be searchedâ¦ and he was eliminated police say as having any link other than being a victim of the bombings
There were other dead ends reported with authority and attributed to âsourcesâ - the dark skinned man in a hoodie with a backpack or a bag.
Perhaps thats the man in stories still to be confirmed by the fbi, who is supposed to be caught on video dropping a black bag at bomb site number twoâ¦ Or maybe not.
IN fact, the only thing thatâs changed since Mondayâ¦theyâre running commercials nowâ¦ and still theyâre playing over and over and over those horrible videos of the attacks, some say, playing directly into the hands of the terrorists.
The mediaâs role in terror is keyâ¦ yet its rarely discussed or debatedâ¦
Looking for Evidence of terrorâs dependence on the news media??? Hereâs someâ¦ Long before the internet and 24 hour cable newsâ¦In the decades of Irish terror attacks in the UK an FBI analysis discovered a pattern of bombings on Thursdaysâ¦why? It turned out that Friday in the UK was coupon day and hence the biggest day of the week for newspaper sales. It turned out the Irish terrorists were setting off their bombs on Thursdays to get the big news coverage in Fridayâs newspapers.
Our first guest is Roy Peter Clarkâ¦ a mentor to many including myselfâ¦ Roy is vice president and senior scholar at the Poynter Institute in st Petersburg, he has written 15 books on writing and journalism â his âWriting Tools: 50 essential Strategies for Every writerâ has been podcasted over a million times.
Good Afternoon Roy and thanks so much for joining usâ¦.
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Joining us by phone is my second guest, Joe Navaroâ¦ the FBI came to him as he worked as a young police officer in Miamiâ¦at 23 years old he become one of the FBIâs youngest agentsâ¦for the next 25 years he served as an agent and supervisor in counter intelligence and counter terrorism â¦ he was literally a spy catcherâ¦ Today heâs a human behavior expert in much demand around the worldâ¦ welcome joeâ¦ thanks for coming on with us