As Wednesday’s mass shooting in San Bernardino was unfolding, news organizations rushed to get information on air as soon as possible.
In some cases, this meant broadcasting inaccurate or wildly speculative statements from experts, panelists, politicians, reporters and anchors.
Digital media outlet Grabien collected “The 10 Dumbest Things Said About San Bernardino” and packaged them in one handy montage.
Presented in order of appearance:
1) Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said the atrocity proves America is addicted to guns and our healing could start if we just admit we have a problem.
3) MSNBC reported almost as soon as the shooting began that the city of San Bernardino houses a Planned Parenthood — which sits more than a mile from the site of the shootings.
4) Appearing on MSNBC, Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin insisted Congress could stop these tragedies, it just chooses not to.
5) George Stephanopoulos portrayed President Obama as another victim in the tragedy, “showing signs of frustration.”
7) An MSNBC guest claimed armed self-defense, including armed guards, provides no security benefit.
8) Chris Matthews wondered if the attack can be traced back to the American Revolution, asking, “Are we revolutionary people who really don’t believe in government?”
9) NBC’s Kerry Saunders suggested the Christmas party may have served as a “trigger” word for the gunmen.
10) Sen. Kaine wraps up the montage with his declaration that, much like terrorists themselves, critics of increased gun control are the “voice of evil.”
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