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.

https://twitter.com/benhjacobs/status/280055289196208128

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.

  • BeyondPolls

    This is absolute proof that the media can never be trusted again.

    • http://WestValleyGreenHomes.com/ Eric Johnson

      Especially about breaking news! I’m amazed how it seems like we need to know every detail BEFORE the cops even secure the scene. Anyone with any sense is going to understand that a murder scene with 20+ bodies is going to take many hours, even days to work through all of the documentation needed these days. Instead of hourly media updates, they should have only done them every 3-4 hours.

  • EOD

    Hard to do accurate Reporting when constantly looking for a reason to blame the TEA Party.

    • Rabid

      Blame the gun,not the shooter..It’s the Libturd way.

  • Kevin Cousins

    Obviously, the shooter was a racist NRA life-member who hates Obama…and he tea-partied on week-ends.

  • ERMERGERD

    And this is why I don’t watch the news, and read from independent news sites.

    • http://twitter.com/Daisy761 Daisy76

      Good for you! I do too and hope that more people will do the same. There are still journalists that report without bias though very few. Twitchy cannot be called unbiased but at least they report on what ACTUALLY happened at the scene (for example: RTW vs union goons reporting)

  • kate_middleton

    Yep – they were saying for a long time that there was a second shooter as well.
    And what about all those reports that either Adam or Ryan’s girlfriend and friend were missing? Apparently wrong also.
    They really botched this one.

  • vcferlita

    I was getting all my info from blog sites and Twitchy rather than the media.

  • Michael_Brennick

    Lame stream Media financially benefits from ad revenue for reporting lies as well as truth. Their amoral ity reeks.

  • Maxwell

    Journalist integrity=dead. Giving most of the media the benefit of the doubt, I know they’re trying to help people out by getting information out as fast as possible, but they’re not helping anyone by reporting false information.

    • http://Twitter.com/jkerrysforehead John Kerry’s Forehead

      Their agenda has nothing to do with helping anyone but their bottom line. Get the scoop and win the ratings war. They don’t care about informing the public…or even truth for that matter.

  • thetawake

    First thing I saw was CNN.com (not on purpose, I was at work) just minutes into story and it seemed they just couldn’t wait to get WH Spokestoodge, Jay Carney, and his ‘gun control’ statement out before any facts were nailed down.

  • patrick

    Now totalist media are on a gun control crusade. Not to be mentioned is facts like connecticut has strick gun control laws. And guns did not do it what is more influential is the hollyweird promoters of these natural born killers.

  • disqus_0V8zuGwytp

    If only the Government would put as many controls on the media as they have on the rest of America, Our country would be a better place…..Factual reporting only, with ironclad sources, no more reliable sources, that is simply gossip until it is proven!

  • vino veritas

    The entire MSM is now officially defunct. They can no longer credibly call themselves journalists or a news service. To see almost all purported facts they reported over the past weekend become discredited makes this the final nail in that coffin. They can rationalize, sputter excuses and straight out lie about the reasons for this mass failure all they want to, but the facts for it are clear to the American public and this outcome now establishes the already pervasive image everyone has of them being nothing more than a bunch of noise-spewing, arrogant, condescending, ignorant, feckless, sensationalistic, biased vultures & hacks. The real journalists in social media and those still left in radio have now officially replaced them as far credibility is concerned. Their awards can sit there on their mantles collecting dust and rot along with their defunct careers. Good riddance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mjhazlett Michael J. Hazlett

    The media in this country is truly pathetic! The big league is supposed to be the national networks and they have messed this horrible massacre of these poor children up so badly with misinformation and very loose ‘he said-she said’, & ‘I heard’ rumors its beyond sad. What ever happened to fact checking and real journalism? Its a sign of the times I guess…..they know nobody will hold them accountable at the end of the day, much like this clown in the White House, and really don’t care. They owe the parents and the viewing public around the world so much more than what we are seeing as the days pass…….rank amateurs!

    • http://twitter.com/Daisy761 Daisy76

      People DO hold them accountable. I am one of the silent minority who have stopped watching their shows. If more of us do it, they will feel the heat. We cannot just stand by and let them run roughshod over the truth.

  • Scott

    Start charging them mega $ when the lie or screw up so bad and we wont have to raise taxes. Start charging them criminally and we won’t have many reporters!

  • Jarhead83

    Maybe a silly analogy, but it’s kinda like a young kid at the drive-thru window, who in his zeal to be fast, totally whiffs on being accurate and efficient…

  • scubaski00

    I had to go to BRITISH news sources to get details on what ACTUALLY happened just 100 miles away!!!

    Btw did anyone else for Barry’s crocodile years yesterday?? I sure as hell didn’t!!

    • Pam

      I was wondering why he could shed a tear for 20 children, but pass laws saying that it is legal to leave a new born in a closet to die if the baby was an inconvenience to the mother.

  • scubaski00

    Today’s news reporters are no better than weather forecasters. Those are the only two jobs (unless you’re union or a politician) where you can be completely wrong, yet keep your job and get awards and promotions along with comfy salaries!!

    • GaryTheBrave

      I think weather forecasters are more accurate than journalists.

  • Dennis the Dreamer

    i think the media again wanted to protect any obama connection, reason for misinformation. rofl!

  • michael s

    i told you that when the shooter was listed as ryan lanza,immediately listed republican,turned out not to be true.

  • MadMagyar

    Guess Rupert Murdoch’s reporters were hacking into the kid’s cell phones and getting misinformation.

  • MadMagyar

    Guess Rupert Murdoch’s reporters were hacking into the kid’s cell phones and getting misinformation.

  • Nonya

    It’s tough to come back and do their job when they’ve taken the last 4 years off and report correctly.

  • Nonya

    It’s tough to come back and do their job when they’ve taken the last 4 years off and report correctly.

  • Glenn Mayton

    Stupid ass media.Why can’t they see that their ratings are falling and it’s because no one can believe anything they report. Not to mention that most of them are obama lapdogs. They should know you can’t make stuuf up and then wait for the facts to start materializing.I know they think that the general public are gulible and will believe whatever they say but ….

  • Glenn Mayton

    Stupid ass media.Why can’t they see that their ratings are falling and it’s because no one can believe anything they report. Not to mention that most of them are obama lapdogs. They should know you can’t make stuuf up and then wait for the facts to start materializing.I know they think that the general public are gulible and will believe whatever they say but ….

  • Bryan Williams

    This has been the worst reporting of any story I’ve ever seen. Nearly every single detail that came in the first 4 hours turned out to be completely wrong. I’ve been watching a lot of the “journalists” during their 24-hour coverage of the story since Friday, and you can see how this happens…
    They will get just a little bit of information, then they start posing questions out loud that nobody around has answers to, then they begin speculating and “connect the dots” and throw out completely made-up “facts”. Throughout the day, they continue to repeat those little tidbits and eventually they are just accepted as fact, when in truth it was all just made up.

    • http://twitter.com/Daisy761 Daisy76

      They fill the airwaves with hogwash.

    • http://Twitter.com/jkerrysforehead John Kerry’s Forehead

      You make a good point. One of the problems is they need to fill 24/7 news. Back in the day, you got your news from 6-6:30 then 11-11:30 and they’d interrupt your program to provide facts on breaking news stories.

  • Roto

    And here’s another News Flash — the Sunday morning talk shows are having their usual moderators, “journalists” and Congressmen sit around a table performing their complete and utter stupidity about firearms. Imagine that… The only pertinent prevention comment came from the Conn. Governor, who said the gunman shot out the entrance glass to get into the school. If true, a few panes of Level 3 ballistic glass would’ve stopped him right there with the weapons he had.

    As of Sun. AM news conference, it’s 4 weapons not 3…. :rolleyes:

  • http://twitter.com/Daisy761 Daisy76

    They are a disgusting lot. Their bias against the GOP during the election was astounding. Obama really did not need to spend any money smearing Romney. The media did that for free and they called it journalism. Now, Newtown is a different situation but we see the same lack of standards and decency. The people should not wait for legislation to change the ways of the media. We should just all boycott them now. Don’t watch their shows. They will feel it in the ratings. Money will talk.

  • Martha

    But it wasn’t just the media! I heard a new conference in the afternoon with state and local officials and THEY were reporting info that just plain wasn’t true. The chief of police kept saying that it was an on-going investigation and there were many questions he couldn’t answer, but some of what he did answer was wrong.

  • http://Twitter.com/jkerrysforehead John Kerry’s Forehead

    Fuck the MSM. Crawling over each other for the “scoop” and this is what we get. Tired of playing their game. I got more accurate info from social media during this time.