Hugh Hewitt to CNN’s Jake Tapper: Why Did Media Fixate on Incorrect AR-15 Report?

CNN’s Jake Tapper joined conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday to discuss the media coverage of the Washington Navy Yard shooting. In particular, Hewitt wanted to know why the media eagerly jumped on a story about the shooter using an AR-15 when it turned out not to be true.

Hewitt called this “outcomes-based journalism,” and Tapper admitted he wasn’t quite sure where the story originated. He didn’t profess to speak for the motivations of any of the reporters that picked up on it, but admitted “there’s certainly a meme that this fits into” with the pro-gun control crowd.

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Reflecting on this story and the Boston bombing, Tapper said the lesson is that “there’s a lot of information, a lot of it’s conflicting, and a lot of it’s wrong.” He warned that “just because it’s coming from authorities doesn’t mean it’s right,” such as a statement made by the D.C. police chief that there may have been a second shooter.

Hewitt closed by commending CNN and Tapper in particular for their coverage of the shooting.

Listen to the audio below, via The Hugh Hewitt Show:

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