The morning shows started our day with the ongoing and continuously changing developments in Watertown, MA and the rest of the Boston area, as the manhunt for the second suspect in the Boston Marathon attacks, now identified as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, continues. If you’re looking for up-to-the-minute news, The Boston Globe, NBC News, and just about every other news outlet is providing one.
Twitter is also doing its level best to keep up with the news. Just about every trending topic right now is related to this story. But because this is a fluid situation, many are cautioning against taking everything you read as fact. Twitter, which specializes in breaking news, is having an issue keeping up with all of the breaking developments.
“In the past eight hours, Twitter has lit up several times with reports that people are taking as true because they heard them on the scanner. Among them was a report that police had named the two suspects in the Boston bombings and the MIT shootout. But those names were apparently the wrong ones, and two innocent people had their names disseminated widely as terror suspects,” writes Slate in a story titled “Dear Police Scanner, Don’t Believe Everything You Read on Twitter.” A previous story was titled, “Dear Twitter, Don’t Believe Everything You Hear On A Police Scanner.”
In other words, as Savannah Guthrie is saying repeatedly throughout her coverage this morning, everything is changing, everything is being said “with an asterisk,” and all reports can be amended as the situation unfolds and sorts itself out. The one thing that everyone on Twitter can agree on is the suspects’ uncle, Ruslan Tsarni, gave one of the most incredible press conferences in the history of media.
Separately but related, overnight another tragic loss of life: A 26-year-old campus patrol officer at MIT, Sean Collier, was shot and killed by one of the suspects in the Boston Marathon attacks. Today, the university has dedicated its website homepage to the fallen officer. A screen grab is below.