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The issues when such serious cases are distracted by the media's lack of patience. Curated by Nikolai Berger
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Celebrity's Facebook post about Boston attacks goes viral

Celebrity's Facebook post about Boston attacks goes viral | Boston Marathon Bombings | Scoop.it
Comedian Patton Oswalt's Facebook post about the Boston bombings has gone viral.
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I wanted to include this because it is very inspirational and has a great insight. Evil is out there! We cannot let that create chaos within us. We can only smile and face it. If more people thought this way, labeling and conclusions wouldn't be their top priority. Instead, they would spend time with the ones they love and regain the strength to enter a complicated world. That is not to say that no effort should be put into finding sources of evil in order to stop them.

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I know the Boston Marathon bombing suspects

I know the Boston Marathon bombing suspects | Boston Marathon Bombings | Scoop.it
I started getting facials from Zubeidat Tsarnaeva (pronounced Zu-bey-da) six years ago when I was 17 at a spa in the Boston area.
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This article includes too much sensationalism. The public have the right to know about the suspects origins, but how much is enough? The one who shared the information included too much information on the bombers' mother. This is the kind of news we should try to diminish. Draw a line between important/valuable information, and merely sensational/trivial information that could cause more harm. Sensationalism is gossip. Gossip creates anger in many that are blind to its subjectivity.

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Source: Marathon bombing suspect admitted that he and brother detonated bombs, killed police officer - The Boston Globe

Source: Marathon bombing suspect admitted that he and brother detonated bombs, killed police officer - The Boston Globe | Boston Marathon Bombings | Scoop.it
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev admitted to authorities Sunday that he and his brother were behind the Marathon bombings and murder of a police officer, according to a senior law enforcement official.
Nikolai Berger's insight:

Here's an example of good news. Things are told as they are. Why can't people patiently wait for news like this? Why do they have to jump to conclusions and label things? how does that solve anything? The News' agencies try to get information as quickly as they can not because they want to, but because the public is demanding for this. If everyone began to act patiently and waited for concrete information while leaving their imaginative minds at bay, we would get proper news and avoid unnecessary conflicts that could do more damage than the issue the news is covering in the first place. 

 

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Rupert Murdoch’s non-apology on the New York Post’s false pics of Boston Bombing suspects | FreakOutNation

Rupert Murdoch’s non-apology on the New York Post’s false pics of Boston Bombing suspects | FreakOutNation | Boston Marathon Bombings | Scoop.it
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He won't apologize, how typical. At least the Reddit community apologized for falsely accusing Sunil. Murdoch has to defend his newspaper.

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7 biggest unanswered questions over Boston Marathon bombings

7 biggest unanswered questions over Boston Marathon bombings | Boston Marathon Bombings | Scoop.it
As prosecutors prepare to charge 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the deadly twin bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon, investigators are delving into numerous unanswered questions surrounding the attack and the brothers believed to have carried it...
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Here's another example of solid news. The NBC should be recognized as one of the few that covered this story as professionally and as ethically as we should expect a news agency to cover. On this article they pose questions that are surely on the minds of many, and answer them with the information that is out there. They are not relying on a couple of sources that "might" be correct to give out false information. There should't be such a thick line between the public and News agencies. Yes they have sources that average citizens don't have, but that doesn't mean that they can feed us anything they seem fit (referring to the New York Post and CNN) while the public directly acts on the information. 

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Boston Bombings: Wrong Suspect Reveals Fears

Boston Bombings: Wrong Suspect Reveals Fears | Boston Marathon Bombings | Scoop.it
A student says he was wrongly linked to the deadly blasts in Boston because he was carrying a shoulder bag and has dark skin.
Nikolai Berger's insight:

As if CNN hadn't done enough damage here comes Murdoch's New York Post to continue the tough job. Salah Eddin Barhoum’s life is in danger. Such false information can potentially kill someone! The New York Post is supposed to act as a watchdog, protecting the public while providing them with the TRUTH, yet it is acting like a hitman. Salah, like Sunil, will forever have his image tied with this issue, due to irresponsible journalism that was done.  Irresponsible not because of trying to give important information, but because of trying impatiently.

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Jon Stewart Mocks CNN for 'It's Like a Bomb Went Off' Comment (Video)

Jon Stewart Mocks CNN for 'It's Like a Bomb Went Off' Comment (Video) | Boston Marathon Bombings | Scoop.it
Jon Stewart gleefully skewered CNN's play-by-play coverage of the Boston bomber manhunt, comparing it to "sandlot football." On Monday's edition of The Daily Show, Stewart mocked the cable news network for dispatching multiple reporters on the...
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Jon Stewart shows us how when news reporters, even when they have nothing to report, never cease to ramble nonsense. However, when they claim they do not know what is going on, instead of making assumptions, that is not a bad thing. It is okay not to know what is going, and it still helps to provide us scenes of the current situational event. Just don't assume anything and wait for reliable information, while double checking, before reporting anything serious. 

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Issuing an apology on behalf of the New York Post

Issuing an apology on behalf of the New York Post | Boston Marathon Bombings | Scoop.it
Someone wrote a fake letter of apology from the New York Post's editor and inserted it into a bunch of papers around NYC.
Nikolai Berger's insight:

This is a great demonstration, made by an average citizen, of what the New York Post should have done. It is true that an apology won't heal the harmed credibility of this newspaper, but it at least shows "sincere" acknowledgment of a made error. That needs to be an ethic: recognizing a mistake, apologizing for it, and learning from it!

 

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Boston Marathon: Bombing Drill Coincided With Explosions

Infowars.com/listen For live continued coverage Infowars.com for Paul Watsons story. There are false flag fingerprints all over this. http://www.infowars.com...
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When Everyone is an Eye-Witness, What is a Journalist?

When Everyone is an Eye-Witness, What is a Journalist? | Boston Marathon Bombings | Scoop.it
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To sum up this case, this article does it perfectly. “Today reminds me how Twitter has become one of the greatest tools as well as one of greatest threats to true journalism.” We all knew journalism has been changing drastically and at a very fast rate. This Boston case demonstrated the magnitude of this change. One could say it was revolutionary in terms of the possibilities any person with a camera and computer has today. People were acting like FBI agents, photographers, and journalists at the same time. It's great that so many people participated and tried to help, but we have to realize that to do these things properly and ethically, without potentially harming others, one would need thorough training and education. I don’t mean Journalism School either, although it can be helpful, I mean anything in a ethically and morally correct domain. English Literature, Communications, Humanity studies, Social Studies, and many more. If you want to help, please do so, but first make sure you’re not worsening the situation.

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False Flags, Fake Blood, and Michelle Obama: A Guide to the Boston Marathon Conspiracies | Danger Room | Wired.com

False Flags, Fake Blood, and Michelle Obama: A Guide to the Boston Marathon Conspiracies | Danger Room | Wired.com | Boston Marathon Bombings | Scoop.it
Forget everything you thought you knew about the Boston bombings. The real story behind the attack involves a world-spanning conspiracy of Michelle Obama, a network of Russian oligarchs and a naked Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Nikolai Berger's insight:

Are images ethical? How do we know anymore when there are so many tools that can manipulate them? In this bombing case, yes images were helpful in terms of finding the bombers, but they also defamed the lives of several people. Now people are using images and videos to create their own conspiracy theories and they have the right to do so. Who am I to say that they are are wrong. However, sometimes some theories are just plainly extravagant and seems to be created as a means of attention. Problem is, conspiracies cause conflict and when they are made for the sake of attention, that causes unnecessary conflict. The suicide bombers thought 911 was a conspiracy and look at the hatred they built up towards American citizens. Sometimes the media is creating the questions people are searching an answer for, just like a cycle.

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CNN's King says mistakes last week were 'embarrassing'

CNN's King says mistakes last week were 'embarrassing' | Boston Marathon Bombings | Scoop.it
CNN took a lot of heat for its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings last week after wrongly reporting a suspect was in custody and now the network is taking ownership of those errors.
Nikolai Berger's insight:

Two "reliable sources" are obviously not enough. An apology is nice to hear, but it doesn't make up for the loss credibility. 

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Cristian Ferdinando Andreottola's curator insight, December 3, 2013 10:36 PM

Here John King provides his and CNN's apologies to the audience by saying "the best way to deal with it is to say 'We made a mistake. Here's how we made a mistake.' And then move on". However, CNN should rightly be accused of a lack in accuracy and of irresponsible behavior. What strikes me is the incredible ease with which they pretend to 'move on' from problems such as improvidence in news reporting and loss of credibility, even if in good company of the Associated Press, of Fox News and of the Boston Globe.

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Boston marathon bombings: how social media identified wrong suspects - Telegraph

Boston marathon bombings: how social media identified wrong suspects - Telegraph | Boston Marathon Bombings | Scoop.it
When the FBI released pictures of the Boston Marathon bombers onto the internet they unleashed a force they could not control.
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Was the FBI including the public to help them find the bombers a postive apporach? My conclusion is it demonstrates some postivity in the sense that, civilians can participate making this an open spectacle. However, sometimes these cases should't be open, and should just be left for professionals who keep accusations private until they are backed up with proper evidence. What happened here was too hectic. People Tweeting accusations can be very harmful. People can get hurt, harassed, even killed by some that take rumors too seriously and have the wrong idea of how to preform justice. 

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Meanwhile, Sunil Tripathi Is Still Missing

Meanwhile, Sunil Tripathi Is Still Missing | Boston Marathon Bombings | Scoop.it
Family of missing Indian American student horrified to see his name falsely connected with Boston attacks.
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Sunil Tripathi has been missing since the 16th of March. His parents said he was going through some sort of depression, and the thought that he might have committed suicide was among them. Here's a negative effect of social media. People are scared and to mollify this fear they have to label things, in order to know who and what put them in potential danger (as if that will solve the issue). So what happens? They form a suspect, post this claim, and it only a few moments it is all over the internet. This poor man has his face all over the web, tying him to a despicable act. What if he is truly going through a personal crisis and is trying to get away from society to regain the courage in order to continue his life happily. Social media has created a rumor that has utterly changed and affected the life of one innocent man. Another possibility to consider, is what if (at the time when the rumor began) a group of people that falsely believe that they are the ones who must “protect” America , find this man and resort to violence as a means of “justice.”

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The Definitive "People Who Thought Chechnya was the Czech Republic" Collection

The Definitive "People Who Thought Chechnya was the Czech Republic" Collection | Boston Marathon Bombings | Scoop.it
Two brothers from Chechnya. That was the official word early morning on Friday April 19th, 2013 as to who were behind the Boston marathon bombings. “Chechens.”
So, naturally, who do some brilliant...
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Here's a nice example of the negative effects irresponsible and uneducated tweets can produce. Chechnya is not Czech Republic. Czechoslovakia is not an existing name either. This could potentially cause hate crimes for absolutely no reason other than a few posts that had spread such stupid and offensive remarks. 

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Boston Bombers

Police close down Boston to start a massive manhunt for brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
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This is funny and is for laughs, but Colbert's still reminds us the negative effects of hasty news reporting. News agencies try to be the first to reveal news to the extent that they don't apply remotely enough effort to pronounce names correctly. 

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CNN Busted for WRONG Boston Marathon Arrest Report

"CNN on Wednesday backtracked after badly botching a report that a "dark-skinned male" had been arrested in connection with the Monday bombings of the Boston...
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The young Turks, again, are not always easy to pay attention to, but sometimes they have good ideas that make utter sense. This sparked an idea in me.

The media are trying to gain trust by being the first to expose information? What a paradox! The faster you (CNN) try the less credible you become because the less reliable your information is due to the cursory probing you provided it with. Apologizing for making an embarrassing mistake is inadequate. It does matter and is expected of you, but does it really matter? What matters is the fact that you’re unreliable. How can we ever trust you, one of the biggest news corporations of the United States, to provide us with reliable information? What if something drastically worse happens and our actions depend on your information and you send us the wrong way? Could you apologize again? Besides how many times can you cry wolf? 

 

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Cristian Ferdinando Andreottola's curator insight, December 3, 2013 10:09 PM

Wrong information can't be ccepted. One of the biggest News Corporations in the United States can't spread information and news which are not reliable just because of their claim of being first on the news. Not even apologies can be accepted, surely they can't bring back the credibility CNN has lost after these events. How can we rely on CNN's information, for example in case of emergency, a moment in which good reporting or accurate testimony from the spot could save lives? We all must be aware of where the information comes from. Not all the news agencies, as remarked in this video, failed in reporting on Boston marathon bombings, perhaps because of their caution in preventing the dissemination of incorrect information and facts. 

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Height of Insanity: CNN’s John King afraid to describe potential bombing suspect

Height of Insanity: CNN’s John King afraid to describe potential bombing suspect | Boston Marathon Bombings | Scoop.it
“So they get on and they flush their credibility down the toilet."
Nikolai Berger's insight:

Glenn Beck is not always the easiest person to listen to or agree with, but he has a valid point here. If information is to be true, speak the truth for that is what we need. By saying some people will be offended, as John King had said, he is offending those people even more. He is offending the people he thinks will be offended about hearing the truth, as he’s including them in the labels he’s “hiding.” There shouldn't be any labels in the first place. Some human beings commit horrible crimes and they should be labeled as just that: horrible people. Nevertheless, the information was false and because John King new his information might be just that, he didn’t dare to give the whole “truth.” Considering truth to be one of the primal ethics regarding our universal standards, CNN has done a great job at mucking that up, losing credibility in the process.

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