It seems that false reporting over social media sites is becoming a reoccurring trend. Like my professors continually preach, “Always check your facts.” It seems that the media need to be refreshed on this simple rule.
According to Mashable, the Federal Bureau of Investigation scolded several media outlets in a statement Wednesday afternoon in response to the false reports being circulated that an arrest had been made in the investigation of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings.
“Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate,” reads the FBI’s unusual report. “Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media, particularly at this early stage of the investigation, to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting.”
The race to be first is hurting news organizations’ accuracy and trust levels. A crisis can come at any moment. As an aspiring PR professional, I know that I need to be ready for the worst at any given time. However hectic the crisis may become, it is never okay to post public information without checking your facts. Credibility is essential in the media and communication industry.
Ben Dimiero @bendimiero
The last hour of CNN: Suspect ID’d. Arrest imminent. Arrest made. Confirmed arrest made. Wait, maybe no arrest. Confirmed arrest not made.
What news organizations do you still hold credible? Let us know!