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Professional media ID wrong man as Navy Yard shooter

posted at 1:25 pm on September 16, 2013 by

That would be CBS and NBC, who offered the name Rollie Chance as the dead suspect in the Washington Navy Yard, responsible for six deaths and a number of wounded.  The only problem?  Rollie Chance is still alive and had nothing to do with the shooting, apparently:

CBS News and NBC News retracted reports about the identification of the Washington Navy Yard shooter on Monday, just minutes after each network reported that the suspect in question was Navy chief petty officer named Rollie Chance.

CBS’s John Miller reported that Chance was a suspect before 1 p.m. on Monday. NBC News later reported the same information and continued to do so past 1 p.m., even after Miller reported that the initial reports about Chance were wrong.

Shortly thereafter:

John Nolte:

1:15pm – Via Twitter I have seen both CBS and NBC (Chuck Todd) reporters incorrectly name Rollie Chance as the dead shooter. Todd has deleted his tweet.

1:03pm – CBS retracts report that suspected shooter is Rollie Chance as NBC News continues to release information about him.[update] the link to the NBC tweet is no good. Chuck Todd has deleted the tweet stating that NBC will not release the suspected shooter’s name.

Tons of criticism on Twitter have begun piling onto the two networks, but Salena Zito gives the best advice instead:

And this from Moe Lane is priceless:

Indeed.

Update: How did Rollie Chance’s name come up in the first place? Someone found an ID card on the ground.

Color John Ekdahl unimpressed with the explanation:

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Isn’t the Almighty Senate, today, determining for all of us who is a “real” journalist? I sure hope they include CBS and NBC because that was as professional a retraction as I’ve ever seen.

dirtseller on September 16, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Is it known whether or not Rollie Chance ever attended a Tea Party rally?

NotCoach on September 16, 2013 at 1:36 PM

They’ll just define Twitter as a unprofessional medium, so if you’re talking there it doesn’t matter if you’re a media professional. Just shoot from the lip!

Marcola on September 16, 2013 at 1:41 PM

If only they had layers of fact checkers and editors.

Wait for the police to hold a news conference and let them announce the name.

rbj on September 16, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Rollie, get a good lawyer. Pick the one with the biggest doral fin you can find, babe.

katy the mean old lady on September 16, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Maxwell Smart…sorry about that
Emily Latella ….never mind

jaywemm on September 16, 2013 at 1:47 PM

dorsal

katy the mean old lady on September 16, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Is it known whether or not Rollie Chance ever attended a Tea Party rally?
NotCoach on September 16, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Just his government ID attended. Apparently it’s very politiclly active.

turfmann on September 16, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Confusion over shooter name had to do with an I.D. card found near dead gunman; led to bad initial reporting.

Conclusions. jumped.

Did Obama hit that this am????

ted c on September 16, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Are these “journalists”, according to Dianne Feinstein?

Dexter_Alarius on September 16, 2013 at 2:06 PM

I think ALL real journ-o-lists should be required to wear the approved smart glasses like Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes and now George Stepalloverus use to project…yeah, just project.

DanMan on September 16, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Unforgivable incompetence!

rjoco1 on September 16, 2013 at 3:03 PM

Rollie, get a good lawyer. Pick the one with the biggest dorsal fin you can find, babe.

katy the mean old lady on September 16, 2013 at 1:47 PM

My thoughts exactly.

catsandbooks on September 16, 2013 at 3:04 PM

OMG– His poor family who not only had to think he snapped, but that he was dead.

melle1228 on September 16, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Reminds me of the 16 lawyers the left sent to Alaska to dig dirt on Sara Palin and then falsely accuse her of factious crimes knowing that it would take a billionaire to defend the charges. She, Sara, said was the reason she quit because of the cost to the State.

mixplix on September 16, 2013 at 3:35 PM

mixplix at 3:35PM

Governor Palin resigned so as to both save Alaskans the superfluous costs of defending her against more than quotidian accusers (read Manure Spreading Media urged on by the Gimmedats) and once she is a ‘private entity’ she can then countersue those same accusers. Public figures have no such shield. Get it? Recall that when she went ‘private’ all that Shiite went away like RIGHT NOW.

Missilengr on September 16, 2013 at 3:51 PM

He had a great handle bar mustache.

Ted Torgerson on September 16, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Ted Torgerson on September 16, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Retraction, that was Rollie Fingers. He coached at Villanova when they beat Georgetown!

Ted Torgerson on September 16, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Someone tell Sen. Feinstein.

ctmom on September 16, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Someone tell Sen. Feinstein.

ctmom on September 16, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Like that wench cares.

BallisticBob on September 17, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Here’s the real issue: Just because you work for a big-name (often three-letter-acronym) organization, DOES NOT make you a good reporter

It takes intelligence and common sense to be a good reporter and heaven knows that’s lacking in many of the telepromter readers. If you want additional evidence, go back and look at how many (but not all) of the journalists fared on Jeopardy.

If they can’t handle basic knowledge, I’m certainly not going to trust them with important information.

Thanks for listening,
EB

EdmundBurke247 on September 17, 2013 at 3:19 PM