Wednesday, October 22, 2014

And the Early AP Headline Reported: "Israeli Police Shoot Man in East Jerusalem."

After Suspected Terror Attack Against Israelis, Early AP Headline Reported: "Israeli Police Shoot Man in East Jerusalem."

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22 October '14..

A three-month-old in Israel is in critical condition (she subsequently succumbed to her wounds) and at least 7 others were wounded when an car slammed into an Israeli train station in a suspected terror attack. (Video here — warning, shows from a distance a car hitting people.) The driver of the car was subsequently shot by Israeli police, reportedly as he tried to flee the scene.

The Associated Press ran an initial report on the incident with the headline, "Israeli police shoot man in east Jerusalem."

As you can see in the screen shot above, there were clearly enough details available at the time, even with the news still in the hazy "breaking" stage, that the inappropriate and misleading headline should never have appeared on the story. The story opened by noting that a driver "slammed into a crowded train stop" and was thought to be a "terror attack."

Nearly an hour after AP's first report, it published a second one, containing virtually no new information, with the more appropriate headline, "Car slams into east Jerusalem train station."


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