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Boston Bombing Leads To Wave of Media Self-Criticism

Lauren Madow |
April 20, 2013 | 12:18 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer

News reporters getting every angle (Ernst Moeksis)
News reporters getting every angle (Ernst Moeksis)
The bombings at the Boston Marathon and the ensuing citywide manhunt for two suspects prompted a massive amount of media activity. We have seen a deluge of photos, videos, updates, explanatory pieces on every aspect of the suspects' identities from the history of Chechnya to how often Dzhokhar Tsarnaev liked to smoke marijuana.

We have also seen a remarkable amount of journalists, bloggers, satirists and others critiquing the media's performance in real time. Perhaps it's just more "information" clutter to wade through, or perhaps the watchdogs who watch the watchdogs can ensure greater accountability.

CNN, which was recently on the receiving end of scathing criticism for its coverage of the Steubenville rape trial verdict, was singled out again this week for its performance in reporting the events in Boston.

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