Media Mess in Boston as Suspect is Identified

The national and local media went haywire for a few hours this afternoon after it was announced that a suspect had been identified in the Boston Marathon bombing.

CNN completely derailed themselves being the first to headline an arrest had been made. That has since been called a false claim. The FBI released a statement saying:

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. Since these stories often have unintended consequences, we ask the media, particularly at this early stage of the investigation, to exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting.

1-800-CALL-FBI | Updates on Investigation

Topping off the confusion was a possible bomb scare at the federal courthouse. Further speculation ensued watching WCVB‘s live feed of the action around the courthouse.

The 5 pm presser update from law enforcement on the case has been cancelled. There is a slideshow of the evidence released earlier today, here.

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