Baltimore reporter Lowell Melser is unhappy with Twitchy because we reported the name of the guidance counselor who tackled the suspected shooter at Perry Hall High School earlier today.  We did so  because we saw dozens of tweets from Perry Hall students, some of whom were at the school when the shooting occurred. There was no dispute in these tweets as to the identity of the counselor.

Melser is adhering to old-style traditional media standards, and we understand that. He waits around for the police or a city official to tell him things. He considers information reported on Twitter to be unreliable.

But we do things differently at Twitchy. We have created a news model that allows people to read information that gatekeepers like Melser don’t want them to know. Our motto is “who said what.” His motto is “which official source said what, and we’ll let you know when we’re good and ready.”

The fact is, Jesse Wasmer’s name is out there, being tweeted by thousands of people.

There are people looking for information about Wasmer on search engines. (We know this, because search engines are sending some of these people to our site.)

#TeamWasmer is a trending topic in Baltimore, meaning this man’s heroism is among the most-discussed topic in the city.

We believe we owe it to our readers to tell them who Jesse Wasmer is and what he reportedly did. By the time Melsel decides he is ready to release Wasmer’s name, it will be old news.

Update: About an hour after condemning us for publishing Wasmer’s name, Melser published this tweet which contains Wasmer’s last name:

Go figure.

Update and correction:  Melser has blocked us. In a previous version of this update, we stated that Melser had locked down his Twitter account. That is not the case, and we regret the error.

 

  • rinodino

    Well Twitchy isn’t a news site it’s a bashing as many liberals as Michelle can find on twitter on any giving day, good entertainment, but as far as REAL NEWS….doubt it.

    • Chase C.

      Is it her fault that most liberals are terrible people?

    • Grandma HeadInjury

      Yet they beat the “real news” to the punch creating a collective pouting session among those who wish they were worthy of the title “journalist.” Looks like real news to me.

      Failing as a hobby is working well for you, dave. Now, that’s entertainment on any *given* day. Aces in their places, right?

    • Joe W.

      Bashing liberals?? Hardly, Dave. They bash themselves with their idiocy. Michelle is simply capitalizing on the wealth of comedy material y’all provide us…

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      Oh and Huffpo and the others are not Right Wing bashing sites? lol FAIL
      Sorry that your Liberal Zombies are just bad people (majority of them, there’s a few good eggs). Hell, Twitchy even calls out Right Wingers who cross the line!
      And no Twitchy doesn’t bash Liberals, they outspokenly tell the truth about them.

    • James Atkins

      Why is when a conservative leaning entity does things to call out liberal buffoons, it’s bad, but at the same time all the liberal leaning entities that do it are ok? And just what is “real news” to you in the 21st century? Real news to me is learning of things as they happen…

      • weRbroke

        REAL NEWS is being as close to when it happens and how it happens. Roughly 255 Million cellphones are in the hands of Americans. I dare say the remaining number of non cellphone users are either in nursing homes or nursery school. The wonderful thing is, people are usually honest on their initial reporting of any incident. It’s not until they are questioned do they recant or rewrite what they first reported they saw or heard. This may be long after someone has screencapped or cached those characters. MSM no longer can sit on the news it doesn’t want to report, thus they are forced to deal with it AFTER it’s been blasted nationwide. The dog whistles are going off non-stop.

  • Rob Stevely

    He was quiet when ABC and Brian Ross were “identifying” the Aurora shooter as a tea partier.

    • brianmouland

      And when the death of Neil Young was announced

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club

    Gee, all of a sudden the Collaborationist Media is into responsible, old fashioned REPORTING of news? I smell a rat — was the shooter an Occutard or something?

    • noodlekaboodle

      Nope, probably a T-bagger though.

  • Rob Stevely

    LOL he said it needs to be confirmed then tweets the following…..Lowell Melser [email protected]
    Students at Perry Hall HS trying to get #TeamWasmer to trend on twitter. They say he is staff member who thwarted shooting.

  • brianmouland

    Beaten to the punch again speed up laddie!

    • noodlekaboodle

      Update and correction: Melser has blocked us. In a previous version of this update, we stated that Melser had locked down his Twitter account. That is not the case, and we regret the error.
      Ironic, considering that this whole article is trashing Mr. Melser because he called twitchy.com out for shoddy journalism…

  • SJ’s Dad

    This just in:
    Apparently the heretofore unidentified (by the LSM) US Border Agent slain in Operation Fast & Furious has a name . . .
    . . . WBAL Reel Jernulest, Lowell Melser reporting
    #epicfail, #neverforget, #brianterry

  • Keith

    I am sure he blasted Harry Reid and everyone that reported the lie about Romney being a tax felon before confirming. Oh wait, libs can lie and not face any consequences. Hell, Ted Kennedy left a girl to die and was/is a hero to the dems.

  • pairadimes

    Lowell Melser, meet the new era of crowd-sourced news-messaging that will have you saying “please pull up to the next window” in no time. kbye.

  • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

    He failed.

  • weRbroke

    I see the MSM getting their knickers in a knot on a regular basis, TWITTER has become the new fascination for the younger set that use it in place of their regular facebooking. there are other social media sites that link all this together and unlike the calculated musings of JOURNALISTS, these “kids” are making the news reports BEFORE the media gets a chance to spin them out. It will make things far more interesting when folks are connected via twitter, smartphone in hand, taping and reporting as the news happens. Reality in real time and the media doesn’t control the delete button.

    • rm1evo

      Well said. The MSM are way behind the curve.

  • http://twitter.com/tbearfromhell Psycho Sock Puppet

    #RealJournalist ?
    ;—
    Lowell Melser
    @MelserWBAL
    I am a television meteorologist and reporter for WBALTV11 in Baltimore. I also have a podcast with my best friend Marc. Oh, and Omar and I used to hang out.
    ;—
    He’s a FLIPPING WEATHERGIRL!! I mean, WeatherDUDE (which is worse)!!!

  • Michael Donaldson

    Website full of trolls getting mad at a responsible journalist

    • AaronHarrisinAlaska

      I know right? Hufpo, The Blaze, Daily Caller all have it out for the Twitchy team and the great job their doing.

  • Guest

    Lowell Melser is more of a journalist than you idiots. Confirm the source and twitter is not a legtimate source.

    • ceyanne

      Uh oh, is that you Melser?

  • Rob

    twitter journalism is not always 100% reliable.

  • noodlekaboodle

    disqus….

  • Cliff_Pettigrew

    Lets not fall all over ourselves calling Lowell Melser MSM. Traditional media, yes.

  • Cliff_Pettigrew

    Lets not fall all over ourselves calling Lowell Melser MSM. Traditional media, yes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kshireman Katie Shireman

    I respect Lowell. How was the world harmed by him confirming his information?

  • Guest

    This must be a joke. People truly believe tweets from high school kids equate to reports from news organizations? Anyone can sit at a computer and type whatever they want. They could be stating something they heard second-hand. Mr. Melser is completely right, it is IRRESPONSIBLE to report something as fact if an official source has not confirmed the information. At least if you’re trying to be a credible news outlet, but I guess that’s not the point here…

  • yankeefn515

    This must be a joke. People truly believe tweets from high school kids
    equate to reports from news organizations? Anyone can sit at a computer
    and type whatever they want. They could be stating something they heard
    second-hand. Mr. Melser is completely right, it is IRRESPONSIBLE to
    report something as fact if an official source has not confirmed the
    information. At least if you’re trying to be a credible news outlet, but
    I guess that’s not the point here…