Media Overreach?

I suppose this was going to happen one way or another but it still makes me queasy. NewsBusters’ Tim Blumer writes about media outlets, including CNN, which revealed home location data on the Feguson shooter…

… CNN broadcast a report Friday that showed the house, including the street number, of the Ferguson police officer who police say shot Mike Brown. The officer has been in hiding due to death threats since the shooting last Saturday. His name, Darren Wilson, was just released Friday morning.

Another news outlet apologized for broadcasting video of Wilson’s home while others have virtually drawn a map to Wilson’s house for those bent on vengeance.

Yahoo News named the community Wilson where Wilson resides and published a photograph of the officer.

The UK Daily Mail also named the community, posted photos of the officer and gave a description of the house.

USA Today also named the community and reported a local police presence.

The Washington Post named the street where Wilson lives.

In the video report, CNN reporter Ed Lavandera is seen walking in the street where Wilson lives. The CNN video shows a wide view of Wilson’s house and then pans around the street to show its relative position in the neighborhood. While Lavandera does not name the street, he gives its approximate location.

Given what’s been going on in Ferguson right now, the media should have been a little more restrained in what it decided to reveal regarding the shooter.

3 Responses to “Media Overreach?”

  1. The officer is guilty and the media wants everyone to know their view. No guilt about putting the officers family in jeopardy.

    They are as bad as Spike Lee who tweeted the address of George Zimmerman. And then, “oops, my bad”.

  2. ^ Exactly. Although, the initial misidentification of the officer was even more reminiscent of Mr Lee.

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