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Martha T. Moore column: Most media proceed with caution on Boston tragedy

5:36 PM, Apr. 16, 2013
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News media reacted to the Boston Marathon bombings with massive coverage but considerable caution in speculating on culpability, as social media blossomed with warnings about the unreliability of preliminary information.

News of the bombing broke on Twitter at least 10 minutes before cable television networks picked it up - a surprising lag given that there were plenty of media at the marathon. Throughout the afternoon social media functioned as journalistic conscience - warning reporters to be cautious - and scold: calling out mistaken reports and commentary deemed "too soon" to ...

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