"Ariz. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords died after being shot in the head after a gunman opened fire at a meeting with voters Saturday."
As we now know, this report was wrong, and Giffords is alive but in critical condition.
Appearing to be one the first news organizations to break news on the shooting, National Public Radio reported in its newscast — and to subscribers in e-mail alerts — that Giffords had died.
Under pressure to get the word out too, other news organizations followed suit and reported Giffords supposed death as well.
In today’s media environment, news organizations have the dilemma of timing and accuracy. In efforts to reports the news faster, mistakes become more likely.
Given the false report of Giffords’ death, has your perception of the media changed?