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Rush to judgment in fast-moving stories hurts media, public

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After a tragedy like the Boston Marathon bombing, the torrent of news coverage often gives us a little extra reason to cringe. While it’s too early to know whether that terrible act of terror will be followed by a daily drumbeat of terrible journalism, there are reasons to worry. There also are some past examples of crimes against journalism that are well worth remembering. In the days before we knew that the 1995 Oklahoma City ...


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