CNN Anchor Says Erroneous Marathon Bombing Report Was His Fault B&C
CNN continues to be a magnet for criticism over its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing. The latest group to add its voice to the chorus is the NAACP, which expressed concern over CNN's erroneous report that a "dark-skinned male" was in custody in connection with the bombing, reports B&C.
In a tweet Thursday in response to the criticism, CNN anchor John King said he was responsible for the description, but denied that he's racist, the story says.
NAACP criticized the report on two fronts. First, the story was wrong, and second, the network used "an overly broad, unhelpful and potentially racially inflammatory categorization to describe the potential suspect," said NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous.
The organization asked CNN and other news outlets to "weigh the implications" of their characterizations, the piece notes.
In his tweet, King wrote, "Source of that description was a senior government official. And I asked, are you sure? But I'm responsible. What I am not is racist."
CNN released a statement about the report in which it said: "CNN had three credible sources on both local and federal levels. Based on this information we reported our findings. As soon as our sources came to us with new information we adjusted our reporting."