Matthew Keys accuses Reuters of double standards on police scanners

Matthew Keys, a journalist who was fired by Reuters earlier today, is hitting back.

Earlier today, Keys told Politico that his police scanner tweets during the Boston Marathon bomber manhunt were one of the reasons Reuters cited for his termination.

He also stated, via Twitter, that he was not the only Reuters employee who tweeted that information:

Indeed, as Twitchy documented, countless journalists cited the same information as Keys during the Boston marathon manhunt (see here and here).

This evening, Keys noted that Reuters has in the past published at least two articles that relied on information from police scanners.

The first article cited by Keys states:

According to local media, a regional police scanner broadcast on Sunday asked area officers to look for a short, stocky woman with short dark hair, driving a dark blue pickup truck with an extended cab and a U.S. Navy emblem in the license-plate frame.

The other article states:

“A house completely demolished. Gas leak in the area,” said one comment broadcast on the suburban Arlington, Texas, police scanner, passed along by weather forecaster AccuWeather.

“Motor home blown sideways blocking the street. There is a person stuck inside,” another scanner broadcast said.

So when did citing information from police scanners become a firing offense?

Meanwhile, Keys says he is being harassed:


Reuters editor Matthew Keys defends himself on police scanner tweets

  • TheTweetest

    PC is BS

  • jonhartz

    Monitoring police, fire, EMT is one of my hobbies. The raw feed is not any kind of basis for publication, as it is often incorrect, and later transmissions can be different. For reporters, the best is to go to the address broadcast and do your job onscene.

  • Pingston

    Matthew Keys was always one of the best sources of sources on any breaking news story.

    I, too, listened to the Boston police scanner Thursday night and the link showed 59,000+ other people online, too. Matthew offered a public service, especially to those in the Boston area, to avoid the neighbourhoods where the fierce firefight was unfolding. I heard the names on the scanner at around 2 am and there was no qualification by use of word “alleged”. So it was a surprise just a few hours later when word first came from NBC that the police scanner had both names wrong.

    Reuters has made a mistake. They should re-hire Keys, and apologize.

  • mickeyco

    I thought he was fired for helping Anonymous hack the LA Times.

    • Jesse Malkin

      that could be the real reason, but Keys said Reuters cited the police scanner thing as a factor.

  • Karl Winrich

    Listening to the scanner and using that information isn’t in itself a violation of any ethical standards. But it becomes a violation when you start publishing peoples names whom are completely innocent, they have a term for this: Libel.

  • John (it true me am)

    What I’m more worried about and want to know is where the police got those names to begin with. It isn’t just coincidence or bad luck they named a missing person, it’s not something they could have just pulled out of the ether, somebody or something led them to him.

  • SideTraKd

    Wait… So we’re supposed to blame the guy who tweeted what was on the police scanners instead of the police for broadcasting the names of innocent people..? Really, liberals..?