How a terrible mistake falsely linking two people to the Boston bombing spread so far so fast
Whether it was a desire to be first or just part of a really big story, whether it was a lack of experience or training or oversight or naivete or some combination of all of these, these few journalists took absolutely unverified bits of information from Twitter posts and republished them as facts without, at least according to NYT Mag, barely even a second’s thought.
The general refrain from the journalists who helped propagate the misinformation went something like this: Breaking-news reporting has always been chaotic, and it’s more so now because the overall volume of misinformation, loosed by millions on Reddit and Twitter, has ballooned out of control.
Don’t watch cable news. Shut off Twitter. You’d be better off cleaning your gutters.
Two years after the events in Boston, Sunil Tripathi’s story had become a footnote in many re-tellings of the manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers. But a new documentary is aiming to tell the Tripathi family’s complete story, overlooked by the mainstream media at the time of the bombing.
After some reflection we want to share our thoughts about the reddit activity during the recent crisis in Boston. We all need to look at what happened and make sure that in the future we do everything we can to help and not hinder crisis situations.