‘AR-15 shotgun': Did CNN let noted gun expert Piers Morgan write its chyron text?

True story!

https://twitter.com/TraderRLH/status/379937185778384896

This is CNN.

https://twitter.com/gwshark11/status/379799054328147968/

Ah, real journalism.  Why not just make the chyron text “Musket Morgan wuz here“?

https://twitter.com/AdamBaldwin/status/379817550810337282

https://twitter.com/jeff_poor/statuses/379809993391742976

Slight problem with the “news” that the suspected Navy Yard shooter carried a “legally purchased AR-15 shotgun”:

https://twitter.com/da2102/status/379767557869154305

Good thing your gun-grabbing betters really know their stuff.

Radio host Dana Loesch mocked CNN’s snafu on her blog last night:

https://twitter.com/DLoesch/statuses/379803392282861568

The network must have binders full of fact-checkers. Thanks, low-info journalists!

https://twitter.com/dancurry/status/379811920905113600

https://twitter.com/steven_barnett_/status/379763520759275520

You’re not alone.

https://twitter.com/baseballcrank/status/379804498979328000

Luckily for CNN, the science is settled:

https://twitter.com/TheRickWilson/status/379804725677264897

https://twitter.com/charlescwcooke/status/379805112145051648

https://twitter.com/TheRickWilson/status/379805372233441281

Some people mentioned that while the gunman wasn’t using the “AR-15 shotgun” of myth and legend, it’s possible CNN meant “AR-style shotgun.”

https://twitter.com/ColonelJimC/status/379805683182735360

https://twitter.com/DLoesch/status/379805736093507584

https://twitter.com/DLoesch/status/379806623000055808

https://twitter.com/DLoesch/status/379807018359332864

https://twitter.com/collegepolitico/status/379821776508702721

https://twitter.com/bob_owens/status/379810660311240704

It’s unlikely that’s what CNN meant. The “AR-15 shotgun” language made it into the CNN report available on many news websites.

https://twitter.com/ALFiremedic1/status/379765583749070848

http://instagram.com/p/eV3ORzRqF3/

But CNN’s live-blog currently uses this text instead: “Alexis used a legally purchased AR-15 gun.”

There’s an awesome opportunity here for an enterprising gun manufacturer.

https://twitter.com/red_red_head/status/379812005848178688

https://twitter.com/Ryster99/statuses/379767864976093185

https://twitter.com/JasonMunich/status/379806382397984768

https://twitter.com/sledge_harris/status/379806659305934848

Update:

And the latest on the “AR-15 shotgun”: CNN’s Pamela Brown says the suspected shooter didn’t use an AR-15 anything.

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