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Federal Employees News Digest : April 29, 2013
Kristi Dougherty General Manager Phil Piemonte Managing Editor Sherkiya Wedgeworth Online Managing Editor Becky Fenton Circulation Manager Nathan Abse Writer Mike Causey Columnist Edward Zurndorfer Columnist Published by 1105 Government Information Group, Anne Armstrong, President. 1105 Government Information Group is part of 1105 Media, Inc. Neal Vitale, CEO. 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Technical inaccuracies may result from printing errors and/or new develop- ments in the industry. This publication's subscriber list, as well as other lists from 1105 Media, Inc., is available for rental. For more information, please contact our list manager, Merit Direct. Phone: (914) 368-1000; E-mail: 1105media@ meritdirect.com; Web: www.meritdirect.com/1105. April 29, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 39 2 Visit us on the internet at www.FederalDaily.com local and federal law enforcement did an exceptional job. Agents and experts---from a dozen agencies---did superhuman work in spotting the two suspects among tens of thousands of photographic frames. Most experts believed the evidence would be captured by public or store-front surveil- lance cameras. But nobody expected that the recorded videos would be analyzed so quickly, and the suspects identified and tracked down so fast. The quick apprehension of what is believed to be the one remaining suspect was just shy of a miracle. The downside is that the public, politicians and the media will expect that the next such event---and there will be one---will be "solved" just as quickly. Just like on TV. What struck me after the explosions was how quickly the news media were on it, and how wrong they were about so many things. But this has become the natural order of things with round-the-clock cable news, people tweeting anything and everything, and anyone with a smart phone trans- formed into a movie maker. When I got started in news back in the day, most of the reporting was done by reporters. Often on the scene. These were people who went there, talked and observed, and then phoned the office ("sweetheart, get me rewrite") and unloaded the details on another reporter. Then the news report was edited (usually twice), and waited for hours before it went to press. There was time. Now it all happens in real time, which isn't always accurate. For example, on the day of the mass mur- ders in Newtown, Conn., I was in a large office with a large TV that was on. Initially it was tuned to CNN, but we jumped around the networks. But we were seeing the action live. We were there, or as close as cameras with telephoto lenses could get us. Maybe you were, too. Among the people with us was a retired Drug Enforcement Administration employee (not an agent), a retired State Department guy and two Metropolitan Police Department officers. We civilians did most of the talking. The cops just watched. For good reason. What struck me later, was that ALL of the information we got live that day, as in ALL, was wrong. Some of it was from the reporters talking, some of it came in the form of those trailers that crawl across the bottom of the screen. Example: • We were told that the suspected shoot- er's mother was a teacher at the school. Wrong. She was home. Dead. • We were told that some of the children who had been killed were in kindergarten. Not so. Not a big deal, unless you had a kid in kindergarten there. • We were told that although the shooter had an assault rifle, it was in his car or truck. Wrong. It was the primary killing tool. • We were told that his brother was outside in the woods. Maybe with a gun. Maybe with an accomplice. Wrong. Turns out he was more than a hundred miles away. New Jersey, I think. Not an accomplice. I know now why the cops didn't say much: Because they knew that they (and especially we) didn't know what we didn't know. They were pros, while we were and still are amateurs. I thought of this the other day when watching clips of the Boston Marathon scene just a few minutes after the two bombs went off. TV reporters, some of whom wouldn't know an assault rifle from a cross-bow, jumped to conclusion after conclusion. Much of the misinformation came from hundreds, maybe thousands of people, who were tweeting "news" that got picked up, even though there was no truth in most of it. At least one network and two newspa- pers---via their online editions---said that a suspect had been taken into custody. And that he was to be arraigned that afternoon. Even though officials denied it, some outlets persisted and said that the initial hearing had been "postponed" until later that day, even though officials said no such thing. When questioned by a TV anchor about the delay, an on-the-scene reporter said that the announcement---which he said INSIGHT by Mike Causey continued from page 1 continued on page 3
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