Jon Stewart ripped into CNN on Wednesday night for the network’s inaccurate and seemingly cavalier reporting on the Boston Marathon bombing.
On The Daily Show, Stewart mocked CNN for calling its reporting “exclusive,” saying the term actually meant “completely f***ing wrong.” He went on to play several clips of Wolf Blitzer bragging of the network’s “exclusive reporting” of the arrest of a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing.
“Did any of your sources end their tip-offs to you with the phrase ‘Ba ba booey?’ ” Stewart said, later calling it a “news story as imagined by M. Night Shyamalan.”
On Tuesday afternoon, CNN was one of the media outlets leading a host of inaccurate information surrounding a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing. CNN caused the “arrest” confusion when the network’s John King had confirmed a suspect in custody.
Several other media outlets then went with reports that authorities had arrested a Boson Marathon bombing suspect, though NBC News held out in reporting that no suspect was in custody.
The confusion and inaccurate reporting from CNN prompted the FBI to release a statement clarifying the situation and calling on media outlets to stop the shoot-from-the-hip reporting.
“Contrary to widespread reporting, no arrest has been made in connection with the Boston Marathon attack. Over the past day and a half, there have been a number of press reports based on information from unofficial sources that has been inaccurate.”
While CNN may have been the target of Jon Stewart, it is far from the only media outlet to report inaccurate information after the Boston Marathon bombing. The New York Post and Fox Newsboth reported just hours after the bombing that police had a suspect in custody, a 20-year-old Saudi Arabian national. The Post also initially reported that 12 people had been killed in the blast.