Hayes Addresses ‘Competitive Pressure’ in News After MSNBC Hit for San Bernardino Coverage

hayesChris Hayes ended his show tonight with a note about the “competitive pressure” in the news business after MSNBC got criticized for its live coverage inside the home of the San Bernardino suspects.

MSNBC was not the only network that brought cameras inside, but it got singled out for media criticism because their cameras captured personal information for the suspects and members of their family, including photos and identification cards.

MSNBC issued a statement earlier saying they “regret” the error, and tonight Hayes, without directly addressing the criticism, acknowledged there can be a rush sometimes in cable news to get the story first without stopping to think.

Here’s his full comment:

“In the era of competitive pressure, it’s very easy to lose sight of the fact that we are dealing with human beings, all the stories we’re telling are about fellow human beings with inner lives and loves and hopes and dreams, and that competitive pressure, that desire to get the story, can make us forget there is a space for grace and dignity.”

Hayes ended on a note of hope, saying that tragedies like San Bernardino are thankfully rare in the modern world.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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