When the news knows little

The media coverage of this morning’s shooting repeated an unhealthy but seemingly unavoidable pattern: breathless descriptions of mobile phone video, police tape, and repetition of scant facts. I was reminded of a thoughtful conversation on On The Media with Indira Lakshmanan regarding how the media can do a better job. She discussed how ISIS profited from the way the TV journalism especially covered the Manchester bombing. Her prescriptions are not precisely relevant for the lone gunman style terrorism seen today, but worth repeating.