Early reports from Newtown, Conn., shooting full of misinformation

As authorities, reporters and the rest spend Saturday trying to untangle the horrifying sequence of events on Friday which left 20 children dead in Newtown, Conn., some are amazed by just how much they heard was wrong.

As Twitchy reported yesterday, the alleged shooter was initially misidentified and his Facebook profile photo broadcast — much to the surprise of Ryan Lanza, who was very much alive and nowhere near the scene. Early reports had also identified Adam Lanza’s mother, Nancy, as a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary and suggested that it was her classroom that was targeted.

We are also learning that Lanza was not buzzed in to the school, but rather smashed a window to gain entry.

Also reported was that Adam Lanza’s father was killed, although he was later said to be cooperating with police.

With the release of the state medical examiner’s report today, we also learned that all of the child victims were first graders.

It can be argued that many of the methods used in reporting — such as interviewing children and interrupting prayer services — were “wrong” as well, but the ever-lengthening list of misinformation, brought to us by the same people who “fact-checked” the last presidential campaign, can’t be denied. And much of that misinformation was the inspiration for calls for new legislation and a march on the White House.  The lesson? At a minimum, don’t believe everything you hear.

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