Professional media ID wrong man as Navy Yard shooter
posted at 1:25 pm on September 16, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
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.
NBC News: we are now NOT reporting name of shooter; retracting that report. deleting those tweets
— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) September 16, 2013
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:
Two things that never work out. Ever. 1.) Saying "Don't you know who I am?" 2.) Rushing to be 1st with unverified facts. First is not best.
— SalenaZito (@SalenaZitoTrib) September 16, 2013
And this from Moe Lane is priceless:
You know, I am starting to wonder whether journalists and news organizations should just leave Twitter to the professionals.
— Moe Lane (@moelane) September 16, 2013
Update: How did Rollie Chance’s name come up in the first place? Someone found an ID card on the ground.
Per @PeteWilliamsNBC: Name reported by others earlier is not the shooter. Employee who dropped his ID card.
— Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNBC) September 16, 2013
Color John Ekdahl unimpressed with the explanation:
Passive voice. MT @chucktodd: Confusion over shooter name had to do with an I.D. card found near dead gunman; led to bad initial reporting.
— John Ekdahl, Jr. (@JohnEkdahl) September 16, 2013